In 2019 Autonomy Collectives came together in Gaborone, Botswana to share with one another the experiences, lessons and challenges they have had in organising as LBQ women under the theme of Autonomy in their own countries.
The main actors within the Autonomy Project are activists from groups, formations, formal organisations and national organisations. The goal is to invest in developing and strengthening consciousness, competence and confidence within activists so that are able to lead the advocacy work in country and to make the connections between local realities and organising and global realities and organising.
Currently Autonomy Collectives exist in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and Mozambique.
The 6 Southern African countries were also joined by feminist activists from Western and Central Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to build solidarities, exchange strategies and challenges and successes between Southern and Western and Central Africa.
In an informal art making session, all members at the convening took part in a Zine making exercise. “A zine, short for magazine, is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Zines are the product of either a single person or of a very small group, and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation. A zine is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon for the pleasure of others who share their interest.”
All zines explored the theme of Autonomy!!
Feast your eyes below 🙂
Zine theme 1: Smashing the Patriarchy! (Of course!)
Unruly behaviour on board
Expanding horizons – expanding our work
Zine theme 2: Coming of age
A coming of age story-words that i loved and identified with: “phoenix”-coming into ourselves no matter what. “Unparalled”-because you cant compare African women to anything. Basically a love letter to my sisters!
Zine theme 3: Agriculture
Rejecting societal standards and application: In my country when you body buid [as a woman] or you exercise it means you are lesbian. In certain tribes, when the food is too good they say it is for men only – despite women having cooked the food.
Zine theme 4: Squad Goals
Squad Goals – we don’t walk alone
Zine theme 5: Feminist Forbes
Lets free ourselves from the shackles of these systems