It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. ~Voltaire
The African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 was recently launched in the UK by WILPF in conjunction with the Gender Studies department at SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies).
I attended for three reasons: Firstly, I’ve come to see the empowerment of African Women as one of the movements I aim to dedicate a big chunk of my life’s zest to. Secondly, when I lived in New York I was a volunteer for WILPF and thirdly, I would love do my MA in Gender and African studies at SOAS.
The main focus of the event was to mark the start of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 and raise awareness about it here in the UK, as well as celebrate the achievements of African women around the globe. Read more about the Maputo protocol and sign the petition here.
On a much lesser scale, MsAfropolitan is paying tribute to the African Women’s Decade with the launch of the MsAfropolitan Boutique ! The goal is to support and become a resource for merchandise produced by African women in the diaspora, and to kick off, the selection ranges from silk scarves and jewellery to art and ankara toys. Please take a moment to think of ways you might be able to contribute to the African Women’s decade, light a candle perhaps, come appreciate the beautiful products, and treat yourself if you see something you like.
Oh, I really am anal about this concept of seven‘s.
The MsAfropolitan Boutique contains 25 (2 + 5 = 7) items by seven Afropolitan women, hand picked by me, on a rotating basis.
If you don’t trust that I have good taste, then check me out in this outfit! 😉
2. Aya Morrison
3. Lady Soül Rebel
4. Es N Yaa
5. Eva Sonaike
7. Shiri Achu Art
I’ve saved the best for last 🙂 The MsAfropolitan Boutique is offering a 10% discount on the items I’ve hand picked.
Actually, there is one more important thing: In support of the African Women’s Decade, I’d like to draw attention to a charity campaigning against FGM (female genital mutilation) and child marriages in Africa, two obstacles violating human right’s for many African women. With Alice Walker, Skunk Anansie and Baroness Gould as matrons and with a successful track record, The MsAfropolitan boutique is proud to be donating from profits to Forward UK.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you like the products? Do you know any Afropolitan women who might be suitable for future rotations? (oh I do see this ‘seven’ concept going down the drain…)