In a world where social media dictates beauty standards and women are often forced to fit in rather than stand out, having body positive role models is key. From celebrating darker skinned women in cosmetics to showing young girls to love themselves no matter the size- Yvonne Akakandelwa stands to become Zambia’s very own Tess Holliday. Her infectious laugh, cheerful spirit and dedication to making women feel great about themselves through make up is beyond praise worthy. Her work is amoung the best our country has to offer. This week I had the pleasure of getting to know the woman behind the make up magic.
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They say a woman is like a diamond, she reaches her full potential under immense amounts of pressure.
The essence of being an African woman.
When I think about resilience and the sheer will to succeed amongst young women in Zambian society, I think Sibongile Muswema.
Having known her for the greater part of my teenage and adult years; I’ve seen her grow and embody unimaginable strength to become the make-up artist, business owner, and entrepreneur she is today. Strikingly beautiful, yet one of the most kind and humble people I have ever encountered.
This week I had the honor of sitting down with this incredible woman to get to know her story, and was left nothing but inspired.
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So I’m going to address an issue that’s rarely addressed. Neither in general, nor in the realm of feminism. “Relational aggression”, also known as: “the mean girl syndrome”.
We’re going to talk about it because clearly it’s not some childish phase we leave behind. Oh no. We grow up and it becomes a whole lot worse.
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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk once said, “Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women”.
When I think of women, who boldly express their creativity in Zambia, one of the first women that come to mind is:
Cindy Kajoba Mithi.
A name many are still getting to know, but certainly one worth knowing. From being a fellow blogger, to founding an online store, to being a designer –she’s a jack of all trades.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Cindy and getting to know just a little more about her.
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Anyone who knows me, knows that I believe in two things: my faith and my African feminist cause.
For as long as I can remember God has been the focal point in my life but I only truly made the conscious decision to be saved in my early teens.
This was a result of having the pleasure of going to a Christian school in my primary years, where I learned just how much God truly loves me.
Knowledge which helped me get through some of the toughest times in my life and Continue reading “Diaries of a Christian Feminist: Yes, we do exist!”
On social media I follow a page (name withheld), that’s used as an advice forum for Zambians seeking advice pertaining to a number of issues ranging from relationship woes, to marital disputes, and so much more.
While most of the time just reading the page provides comic relief because it’s 50 shades of foolishness; a lot of the times I cringe at the number of sexist and misogynistic Continue reading “Let’s Talk About: Toxic Internalized Sexism/Misogyny”
As many people know, the 8th of March was International Women’s Day. A day that’s set apart to commemorate the movement for women’s rights world over.
In Zambia, Women’s Day fell on a Thursday, two weeks ago, with Youth day the following Monday. Because of this, the President declared it a 5 day long weekend. (Economically a terrible move, but that’s a topic for another day and another blogger).
I spent part of my Women’s Day doing what any overzealous 21 year old feminist would do: reading up on the history of Women’s Day and the movements that lead to its commemoration.
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