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Two days ago, I receive an alert from one of my favourite app IG. I have been tagged by a friend – the photo was taken back then when I was in Tenerife for my friend Lizzie’s wedding. I was there, sitting with two beautiful girls drinking Tinto di Verano in a terrace, livin’ la vida loca.
There were many hashtag but one particularly caught my attention:
I honestly read this hashtag 5 times at least … weird no?
Truth is I’m a girl’s girl (I’m also a guyfriend type of girl tbh). From my two best friends/sisters to my girlfriend crew that I know for years, I have always been surrounded by this positive and supportive women cercle Love them till death do us part.
Reading this made me,first think about them and the importance of women in my life.
How they help me be the woman that I grow up to be, and still working on to be.
How they supported me through some phases where I needed to understand myself, accept my personality, my body, my differences (physical/spiritual/political/sexual).
Hours of talking, “refaire le monde” in French, questioning tiny details of our society, images of ourselves, every possible subjects that you could think of, honestly.
Then, I also thought about the women that inspired me, from writers like Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Abba Dawesar, Zadie Smith, musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Solange Knowles, Nina Simone, I could go on and on from politicians, activists or women in my local communities that are working on improving things they believe they can change.
At that point in my reflections, one thing was clear: I am inspired by women.
Funny coincidence is that yesterday was the Women March’s around the globe, and I was with my local girl gang (real sista & sista from anotha motha). All of this made me want to set some intentions toward this realization.
Should I support MORE my local girl gang*, and by local girl gang here I’m talking about all women that are geographically next to me and trying to make a difference?
Here some intentions that I have set:
- Support local artists: buying from local illustrator Léa Maupetit for example, buying this beautiful headwrap from Indira de Paris, etc ..
- Support intersectional feminists – someone like Rokhaya Diallo is so inspiring for me because her view on feminism accepts everyone in the club. Have you heard of her new event with Cent Quatre center: Rok my world!
- Speaking up when needed in my work or in my social cercle when obviously I’m witnessing misogyny or sexism
- Demanding Equality in the way men and women are living their sexuality : no more double standard !
- Finishing reading Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, Laura Bates Girl Up,
- Creating a feminist book club : The Girl Gang Book Club — will tell more about that later —
- Engaging and learning about organisations’ actions such as: Collectif féministe pour l’égalité (intersectional feminist yeayy !) , Mwassi collectif, Les Glorieuses , Comité contre l’Esclavage moderne ( I use to intern with them so I trust this organisation’s work and impact), Stop Violences faites aux femmes (3919 in the number to make if you are a victim of domestic violence in France).
- Reading, listening to some podcasts, in order to form my own opinion. Preaching & Debating. Listen to les Grandes Traversées : Women’s Power les Nouveaux Féminismes , Read Laura Bates, The Guardian chronicles “On Everyday sexism”, also Charlotte husson Cartoon book about Feminism movement history & her blog Ca fait genre.
- Continue to reach out to all of these wonderful women on the internet (blogs & Instagram) that inspires me so much for a variety of reasons but mainly because I am attracted to their vibes.
There are so much beauty and force by sticking together and joining our voices to one another. This year, my intentions should be conducted more than ever by understanding, open mindedness and love while staying fierce and confident ;-D
Please, do reach out to me, whenever !
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