By Us, For Us.
We are a youth-led social impact facilitation organisation dedicated to unleashing the wealth of knowledge african women create through their lived and embodied experiences and cultivating a collaborative network of powerful, social and politically conscious young African women who will lead the fight for social justice in our communities.
We believe that by highlighting the value of African Women’s voices and providing spaces dedicated to enabling young african women to be vocal, critical, creative thinkers in the name of social justice, their ability to radically reimagine and reshape our communities will be increased immensely. We envision a world where African women are not only heard, understood and respected, but also one where African Women are key players in the stories of african and global progress and prosperity.
African women's participation in social and political discourse is an essential part of ensuring progressive, democratic societies, and young Africans are at the heart of fights for social justice and development in their communities, countries and across Africa. However, young women activists are constantly faced with the challenge of finding resources for their efforts and spaces that not are not only safe, but also supportive. Moreover, young African activists' efforts are severely limited by their difficulty in finding ways to build relationships and share information across spaces because the lack of spaces that facilitate discussion and collaboration.
Across the continent, African women are confronted by systems of domination that aim to silence their voices rather than encourage their efforts and opinions. African women have historically been underrepresented, poorly represented or left out altogether from global narratives of progress, making it difficult to learn from the vital knowledge, skills and perspectives they bring to the table. This also reinforces a mindset amongst women that their voices may not matter, and difficulty imagining alternative to the status quo. As integral as they are to development, these challenges hamper young African women’s ability to play a part in determining the directions of our communities.
Young African women need more spaces dedicated to enabling them to BE vocal, critical and creative thinkers in the name of social justice. When this happens, their capacity to influence the trajectories of their nations is radically increased.
Through the Eyes of African Women builds off a movement that has already begun in Africa and all over the world. Women the world over are standing up to be at the forefront of creating progressive and more inclusive societies. TEAW is created to accelerate this process of change that is already in progress in Africa.
Now more than ever, it is important that African women are equipped with information, the correct mindsets, resources and support to enact a version of society that is marked by equality of all people and high quality of life for all people. There are many problems facing Africa and African women especially, but there are also solutions.