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  • Organisation

    Usawa Inc. is an organization that works with women in their ecosystem towards co- creating equitable and decent workspaces, with the goal of improving women’s work experiences. So far Usawa Inc. through the Women Leaders Hangout has hosted 25 experts and up to 514 women in tackling inequalities at the workplace. As an additional strategy and to allow for more nuanced and unbridled conversations Usawa Inc. has developed a feminist podcast – Swaiba the Audible African Woman. Swaiba, challenges the notions of what it is to bea Black Young Woman by featuring young African women who are challenging patriarchal, racial,classist, sex and gender norms in their communities and work ecosystems.

    Usawa Inc’s team is cognizant of the power and privilege we hold as a result of our education, experience and our identities. As a feminist founded organisation, we believe in dismantling bias, sharing power/ the transparent use of power, and practice accountable collaboration especially when we are working within formal grassroots organisations. We also provide and receive honest and respectful feedback especially while working with allies and LGBTQ communities. Our vision is to grow to sustainable feminist organisation that is able to leverage feminist movement power and expertise to challenge inequalities at the workplace, violence against women/sexual and gender minorities and their limited participation in politics and leadership. We also aim to grow our capacity in creating, publishing and distributing feminist content, by growing Swaiba to a feminist media lab. We are looking into growing the Women Leaders Hangout to a space that holds duty bearers to account for their implementation on women /social-political rights nationally, but also offers women a space for community self-care, innovation and co-creating feminist futures.

    • Organisation

      Usawa Inc. is an organization that works with women in their ecosystem towards co- creating equitable and decent workspaces, with the goal of improving women’s work experiences. So far Usawa Inc. through the Women Leaders Hangout has hosted 25 experts and up to 514 women in tackling inequalities at the workplace. As an additional strategy and to allow for more nuanced and unbridled conversations Usawa Inc. has developed a feminist podcast – Swaiba the Audible African Woman. Swaiba, challenges the notions of what it is to bea Black Young Woman by featuring young African women who are challenging patriarchal, racial,classist, sex and gender norms in their communities and work ecosystems.

      Usawa Inc’s team is cognizant of the power and privilege we hold as a result of our education, experience and our identities. As a feminist founded organisation, we believe in dismantling bias, sharing power/ the transparent use of power, and practice accountable collaboration especially when we are working within formal grassroots organisations. We also provide and receive honest and respectful feedback especially while working with allies and LGBTQ communities. Our vision is to grow to sustainable feminist organisation that is able to leverage feminist movement power and expertise to challenge inequalities at the workplace, violence against women/sexual and gender minorities and their limited participation in politics and leadership. We also aim to grow our capacity in creating, publishing and distributing feminist content, by growing Swaiba to a feminist media lab. We are looking into growing the Women Leaders Hangout to a space that holds duty bearers to account for their implementation on women /social-political rights nationally, but also offers women a space for community self-care, innovation and co-creating feminist futures.

    • Project

      The change we want to see is the transformation of social norms that fuel SGBV and political exclusion of women and sexual and gender minorities, in favour of norms that promote gender equality, tolerance of diversity and the realisation of human rights of women and sexual and gender minorities in all spheres. We seek to Amplify the voices of Islamic and Christian feminists who are upending biased historical and exegetical methodologies of interpreting the holy scriptures that fuel oppressive norms, promote progressive cultural and religious norms as a result of localised cooperation, Interfaith Circles, that offer safe spaces to discuss faith and cultures that shape the realities of women, gender and sexual minorities, Increase the number of cleric and lay leaders willing to consider feminist approaches to the interpretation of scripture and cultural logic Encourage collaboration between mainstream feminists and religious feminists. We will create a podcast that will be a learning resource on religion and feminism, that can be integrated into local contexts and that can facilitate intersectional, crosscutting learning. Our solution is innovative because it creates interfaith spaces for public discourse which are rare across the continent, it attempts to bridge gaps between religious, non-religious, urban and grassroots feminists and finally, it uses digital storytelling as a tool for social norm change.

      Initiating collaboration between allies, religious feminists and mainstream feminists will increase interface between and amongst the groups, thereby reducing stigma and exclusion of faith feminists and allies. Additionally reframing public theological discourses to include feminist approaches to the interpretation of holy texts, amongst communities will mitigate SGBV and social political oppression of women, sexual and gender minorities. Through our work in producing feminist podcast content we recognise the power of digital storytelling to shift social norms, change attitudes and beliefs. We are keen to interrogate how we can engage diverse audiences (urban and in informal settlements) by collaborating with mainstream media and production houses to publish and distribute feminist content to centre feminist approaches in current affairs and public discourses.

       
  • Project

    The change we want to see is the transformation of social norms that fuel SGBV and political exclusion of women and sexual and gender minorities, in favour of norms that promote gender equality, tolerance of diversity and the realisation of human rights of women and sexual and gender minorities in all spheres. We seek to Amplify the voices of Islamic and Christian feminists who are upending biased historical and exegetical methodologies of interpreting the holy scriptures that fuel oppressive norms, promote progressive cultural and religious norms as a result of localised cooperation, Interfaith Circles, that offer safe spaces to discuss faith and cultures that shape the realities of women, gender and sexual minorities, Increase the number of cleric and lay leaders willing to consider feminist approaches to the interpretation of scripture and cultural logic Encourage collaboration between mainstream feminists and religious feminists. We will create a podcast that will be a learning resource on religion and feminism, that can be integrated into local contexts and that can facilitate intersectional, crosscutting learning. Our solution is innovative because it creates interfaith spaces for public discourse which are rare across the continent, it attempts to bridge gaps between religious, non-religious, urban and grassroots feminists and finally, it uses digital storytelling as a tool for social norm change.

    Initiating collaboration between allies, religious feminists and mainstream feminists will increase interface between and amongst the groups, thereby reducing stigma and exclusion of faith feminists and allies. Additionally reframing public theological discourses to include feminist approaches to the interpretation of holy texts, amongst communities will mitigate SGBV and social political oppression of women, sexual and gender minorities. Through our work in producing feminist podcast content we recognise the power of digital storytelling to shift social norms, change attitudes and beliefs. We are keen to interrogate how we can engage diverse audiences (urban and in informal settlements) by collaborating with mainstream media and production houses to publish and distribute feminist content to centre feminist approaches in current affairs and public discourses.

     

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