Amplifying African Feminist Voices
CAL’s work to achieve its mission of advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African continent and beyond is often done in extremely patriarchal and homophobic contexts on the continent. The mainstream media landscape in Africa is a reflection, or a mirror, of our current societies’ public opinion and often relays the conservative and patriarchal discourse reinforcing discrimination, oppression and violence. Concurrently, the position of black feminist voices in mainstream and international feminist discourse is often the one of the subaltern, often tokenised but rarely heard or meaningfully visible. To affect the change we want to see and to imagine a feminist future, it is essential that the Coalition produces counter narratives to mainstream media opinions, amplifying the voices of women and gender non-conforming people challenging the status quo.
Furthermore, while access to the internet has become quasi-ubiquitous on the continent, especially via mobile devices, it also has opened new ways of organising and offered a relatively safer environment for women’s rights activists to circumvent taboos and punitive legislation. With our media work, we aim to facilitate participatory spaces and networks that enables the involvement of our communities in the production of content, but also as a way to engage each other and organise together.
How we work
CAL’s Media and Communication team works to support various aspects of CAL’s mission and work by doing the following:
- The publication of 2 to 3 issues per year of African Feminist Standpoint : a curated digital space for Radical African Lesbian Feminist (RALF) thought, words and artistic expression. AFS aims to be a hub of information and expression by and for African Feminist thoughts and ideas.
- Support and implement online activism activities and campaigns by exploring new ways, with the Community and Campaigns and Advocacy teams, of organising and mobilising online.
- Support the publication and dissemination of various research and knowledge publications produced by our Research and Knowledgement management teams and the feminist and LBQ collectives we work with throughout the continent.
- Advocate for feminist, progressive and people-centered media and ICTs regulatory environments and practices.
In addition to producing media and communications products, we also provide training on media production for the women and collective with whom we work.
1 Spivak 1988
2 Calandro E., Stork C., & Gillwald A. (2012). Internet Going Mobile: Internet access and usage in 11 African countries. Research ICT Africa. http://www.researchictafrica.net/publications/Country_Specific_Policy_Briefs/Internet_going_mobile_-_Internet_access_and_usage_in_11_African_countries.pdf