In our premiere season host Martha Chaves talks to a number of remarkable women changemakers on a range of issues, from bodily autonomy to the climate crisis, decolonizing leadership to the border wall. Oh yeah, and we even learn the secret to peace in the Middle East (spoiler alert—it's women). Click below to listen and learn more about each of these episodes and the bad ass activists who populate them. Our feminist future is bright af.
Guests: Oriana López Uribe, Jaclyn Friedman
Oriana López Uribe is the Executive Director of Balance, a feminist organization in Mexico. She has been an advocate for the sexual and reproductive rights of women and youth at national, regional and international levels for seventeen years. Since 2010 she has specialized in the formation of abortion doulas, and since 2012 in the reduction of stigma related to abortion at the individual and community level.
Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator, activist, and creator of four books including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, and her latest, Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. Her podcast, also called "Unscrewed", was named one of the Best Sex Podcasts by both Marie Claire and Esquire.
Guests: Neesa Medina, Alice Driver
Neesa Medina is a Honduran feminist sociologist who has worked for more than eight years as a women’s rights analyst in Honduras at Centro de Derechos de Mujeres (CDM – Center for Women’s Rights). She holds deep experience in violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, strategic communication and advocacy. Neesa was shaped both by the violent context of a coup d'état and the Resistance, and by the unapologetic women around her who have cultivated her urge to find joy in the struggle. She loves to dance to tropical music, eat seafood and watch house hunting television shows. And for the first time, she is a migrant in Colombia.
Alice Driver is an acclaimed writer and journalist from rural Arkansas, now based in Mexico City. Her work focuses on migration, human rights and gender equality. She is a a contributor at Longreads where she reports on migration in Central America and recently did a series highlighting the migration journey of Trans women from the region. She traveled with Nobel Women's Initiative to Guatemala and Honduras in 2017 to highlight the work of human rights activists and Indigenous communities.
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Guests: Shailja Patel, Dr. Pamela D. Palmater
Shailja Patel is a poet, playwright, theatre artist and activist. Her acclaimed book, Migritude, weaves together family history, reportage, and monologues of violence, colonization, and love, to create an achingly beautiful portrait of women's lives and migrant journeys undertaken in the boot print of Empire. Patel's poems have been translated into 17 languages. Her essays and commentaries appear in the Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Internazionale, among others. She has appeared on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and NPR.
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Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has been a practicing lawyer for 20 years and is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. Pam has been studying, volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of social, political and legal issues, like poverty, housing, child and family services, treaty rights, education and legislation impacting First Nations. Pam speaks on these issues on her own podcast Warrior Life.
Guests: Selma Vincent, Anjali Appadurai
Selma Vincent is seventeen-year-old economics and social sciences student of Moroccan and American descent. She identifies as a feminist, climate and animal rights activist, and mainly acts in Luxembourg. The growing climate crisis propelled her to action this past year, working weekly if not daily with groups such as Animal Dignity, Luxembourg Animal Rights activists, Youth For Climate Luxembourg, and speaking on Moroccan women’s rights issues on an international level.
Climate justice advocate, communicator and staunch believer in people power, Anjali spent her early career organizing young people from all over the world to build a strong youth and civil society voice at the UN Climate Convention. Today, Anjali is passionate about making the links between climate change and globalization, colonization, and corporate power. She is working towards building a strong base of informed and inspired young immigrants who will build and carry this work forward. Also a musician in her spare time, Anjali hopes to weave politics and art together to reflect the times we are living in and galvanize true collective action.
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Guests: Dr. Rola Hallam, Kawkab Althaibani
Dr. Rola Hallam pioneers a new vision for humanitarian aid delivery in war-zones. She is an award-winning consultant anaesthetist, humanitarian, human rights advocate and social entrepreneur. Working with various Syrian-led NGOs, she played an integral part in building 7 hospitals in Syria including the first ever crowdfunded hospital. Rola is the founder and CEO of CanDo, a not-for-profit social enterprise pioneering a fresh locally-led approach to humanitarian action, enabling local medics and aid workers to provide life-saving health services to their war devastated communities. Rola is regarded as a global thought leader, advocating for the cessation of targeting of civilians in war zones, the protection of medical neutrality and localisation of aid. Rola is the first Syrian TED Fellow.
Kawkab Althaibani is a Yemeni journalist and researcher based in Istanbul. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Women4Yemen, a network of women working in media, human rights and civil society, which aims at making peace and achieving stability for Yemen by mobilizing, advocating, and empowering women.
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