Welcome to Issue#2 of the African Feminist Standpoint!
This is our third issue of Standpoint. We are steadily and progressively situating ourselves, solidifying our foundation and continuing to establish our rythm in producing and curating an online platform dedicated to producing knowledge and content that speaks to who we are, where we come from and the feminist futures we are working to build.
Issue #2 is close to our hearts as it speaks to a feminist politic that inspires, guides, informs and affirms our work: AUTONOMY.
Women are people with agency and have the right to autonomy over our own bodies and lives. We can, do and will continue to exercise our will to make meaning of the contexts and realities within which we live and to build a strong feminist movement. We refuse to be oppressed in any way but especially through the denial of our autonomy. We use our individual and collective power to take action against oppressive forces of all kinds.
This issue comprises diverse submissions from all four corners of the continent ranging in languages from English to French to Portuguese. Our contributors provide a wide range of thinking and expression that considers not only bodily autonomy but also autonomy in relation to the economy, land, the right to development, collective autonomy, self-love and so much more.
We are super excited to showcase submissions from the Autonomy Project Collectives from Botswana, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Swaziland, Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia. The Autonomy Project is a 6 country project (currently expanding into Western and Central Africa) that focuses on strengthening the capabilities of CAL members and partners to successfully run campaigns and advocacy projects in their countries. The Autonomy Collectives, through their submissions, tell us their stories of starting LBQ Feminist movements in their respective countries and what it means to organise around autonomy specifically.
Our wonderful cover was designed by Botswana based graphic designer and activist, Lame Dilotsotlhe. Lame used snippets from the Zines designed by individual members of the Autonomy Collectives at a workshop CAL held at the end of 2019, to create a cover that would capture every individual's ideas and feelings around autonomy and LBQ organising; which were self love and care, acceptance and sex positivity.
We are also excited to bring to you poetry, cartoon strips, narratives, blog posts, photo essays and a podcast! So buckle up and explore and engage in what autonomy means to black and brown feminists from all over the continent.