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Feminist Knowledge Circle with 10 GAC funded partners

Held in Yaoundé, Cameroon from the 11th to the 14th of September 2023
  • The power of the circle lies in its convening of these women to share, its creation of a space to pour into each other, to unlearn biases and re-learn from each other...
  • We, African women, know how dangerous isolation is, when we work in our own little corners we often reinvent the wheel, We often end up burned out or targeted or both.... and we ineffectively labour to bring down the systems that oppress us...
  • The power of the circle lies in its ability to relink us again, to remind us of the common enemy- the unjust systems that render all of us bound as long as some of us are not free, the oppressions we must unite against irrespective of the different forms they may take;
  • Because as with past colonial policies of divide and rule; the oppressive systems of capitalism, patriarchy and the plethora of other -isms that exist to date have pitted African women against one another, forcing them to see each other as threats and competition...
  • The circle is a place where everyone is seen and heard. It is inclusive and accessible to all.
  • The power of the circle is seen in our simultaneous rejection of our womanhood being a monolith and our affirmation of each other’s beings and feminist journeys.
  • Here, we permit ourselves to be free, and so doing we all taste liberty.
  • This circle fosters deeper connections and a sense of belonging among us all
  • Here we acknowledge the need to continually rename and redefine African feminism for our communities
  • Our feminist journeys are multiple and nonlinear
  • This is a space to share our personal journeys, including the obstacles we encounter, the lessons we learned, and the transformative impact of our work on ourselves and our communities
  • Because as with past colonial policies of divide and rule; the oppressive systems of capitalism, patriarchy and the plethora of other -isms that exist to date have pitted African women against one another, forcing them to see each other as threats and competition...
  • Reflecting on personal journeys fosters a sense of solidarity and reinforces the shared commitment to feminist principles and social justice
  • Recognising the collective power of feminist movements, this space allows us to actively seek out opportunities for future collaboration and harness a collaborative spirit
  • The power of the circle lies in its affirmation of our individual and collective feminist journeys.
  • The power of the circle lies in its emphasis on mutual exchange, the absence of hierarchy and the spirit of belonging and solidarity.