I am a citizen journalist, writer, community builder and mother to my children. I champion market activism in the open marketplace, mobilizing female informal traders for self empowerment to build their political influence all round. I believe every aspect of a woman's life is highly political, because women work hard everyday to put food on the table, and to provide for their families' health and other needs. I share stories and document herstories of change as they are told by these market women. We use these stories of courage to equip each other with the confidence, information, skills, strategies and connections we all need to organize ourselves for self empowerment, and to navigate risky contexts. Our discussions in the market space range from issues of eliminating violence against women, reproductive health rights, organizing burial societies and well-being kitchen tea parties to more political issues like our rights to decent shelter, to better health, to education and to access to resources. We discuss sexuality issues too, and try as much as we can to demystify the taboo concept so as to build awareness, room for choice and HIV/AIDS free generations.
My Vision for the Future
My Region Interests
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- South and Central Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa