Intersectionality, let’s unite

Words by Nicole Froio.


“Right here, in this conference room,” said a woman in her early twenties to Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace prize winner. “Only around five or six women are black, among a hundred or so. As a black woman yourself, what do you think we should do about the exclusion of black women from spaces like this?”

After years of speaking in conferences about her experience in the women’s peace movement in Liberia, Leymah had the answer at the tip of her tongue. Standing on the stage in her motley trademark dress and headdress, she looked at the young black woman straight in the eyes and assertively answered he charged question.

“We are all women, and we must stand together as women. We should not look at the colors between us, but fight together as a gender for each other’s’ interest. That is the way to inclusion.”

Leymah knows all about unity…

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