Edgy and provocative, you’ll be challenged and inspired. You’ll hear new perspectives, new ideas, and you will hear love.
Fifteen badass feminist leaders and human rights defenders from eleven countries joined Nobel Women’s Initiative online this past spring. All in their twenties, these women are leaders in changing the landscape for women and vulnerable people. During the program they experienced coups, military conflict, even an erupting volcano – as well as near constant challenges to their safety and personal security because of their relentless pursuit of justice.
And yet, they persisted.
They concluded that while the dialogue around identities often divides us, the issue of power – who has it, how it manifests in our communities and workplaces, impacts our lives and our ability to drive progressive change, and how it is wielded in feminist organizations – is a central preoccupation that brings us all together.
Meet eight of these women and two of their mentors as they discuss and exemplify what power looks like at its very best: the power we have within, the power we build together, how we face overwhelming power that seeks to oppress us, and how we use the power of our imaginations to conjure up a vision of the loving and just world we are all working toward, together.
Edgy and provocative, you’ll be challenged and inspired. You’ll hear new perspectives, new ideas, and you will hear love. Above all, season three is joyful – and you’ll feel reassured that our future is in good hands.
To listen to the five episodes in season three, click here
Are we experiencing the last gasp of the patriarchy? If so, what comes next? Host Martha Chaves sparks ideas from Fahima Hashim and Nancy Ingram about transforming hierarchal patriarchal power structures embedded in some of our lives since childhood — and how the young feminist leaders they met with this year taught, inspired, and changed them.
Feminism and Power
What would you do if a genie granted you absolute power? In episode two, host Martha Chaves poses that juicy question to her guests, activists Dildar Kaya in Iraq and Norwu Kolu in Liberia.
Ounaysa Abbas Arabi was among the women on the front lines of the 2019 revolution in Sudan. And no matter how difficult, Musu Kamara of Liberia urges other young women to “rise up in spite of the challenges, in spite of the abuses, the social sanctions, the harmful traditional gender norms.”
Solidarity and sisterhood shimmer through episode four as Amy Lira of Mexico and Nicole Musimbi of the Democratic Republic of Congo talk about their “feminist superpowers”.
The Power of a Shared Dream
Manal Shqair and Ilaf Nasreldin are are asked to imagine what a feminist utopian world would look like. Manal is a Palestinian whose utopia is liberation from Israeli occupation. Ilaf is Sudanese and her utopia is freedom from the strict restraints on women that begin in childhood.