AfricanFeminism (AF) is a pan-African feminists digital platform and collaborative writing project between African authors/writers with the long-term ambition of bringing on board at least one feminist voice from each country on the continent. As an online feminist platform, we encourage open discussion and dialogue on feminist issues throughout the continent. We are about inquiry, questioning, dialoguing and transforming mind-sets through such processes. We are not afraid to claim the word ‘Feminism’ and invite open conversations to better understand this paradigm through our own and others’ lived experiences.

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AF’S HISTORY (by Billene Seyoum)

On January 1, 2011 i started the blog site ethiopianfeminist a short three months after i had moved back to Addis Ababa. My aim initially was to document my observations on issues of gender equality and inequality through a feminist lens as i went about my daily life in Addis. A few months later, Aberash Hailay’s case shook the city and this platform became a source of information about the campaign, “Ahun be Ayne Meta,” created by concerned citizens in collaboration with the Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association. As a member of the core campaign team, I closely followed the case as it unfolded and through providing first hand account of the case, the site grew in creating dialogue on issues of gender based violence and violence against women in Ethiopia. Back then, this site was also the only feminist voice coming out of Ethiopia and it had the intention of inspiring others female voices to emerge in the blogosphere.

In 2012, i made the strategic decision to transform the site to http://www.africanfeminism.com. This decision emanated from my need to understand similar issues on the continent and engage with other African feminists. It was also a response to the lack of Ethiopian voices on continental issues. There was so much to understand and talk about by way of shared experiences, challenges, and opportunities throughout the continent. Despite these grand intentions, it was difficult to source diverse and lived experiences from other parts of Africa given the fact that i was stationed in Ethiopia. As a result most of my articles remained heavily focused on experiences within Ethiopia. With a site called AfricanFeminism though, sharing only an Ethiopian paradigm would not suffice. Hence, the growth to a collaborative site comprising feminists from throughout the continent.

To our visitors, we invite you to freely engage in the discussions and offer insights to foster knowledge, understanding, and creativity.

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people” ~ Rebecca West

Contact: africanfeminism@gmail.com

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Billene,
    I just came across your blog via the blogroll at addis journal, and I’m so glad i did! It’s fantastic. I’m a londoner (and feminist) who’s lived in Addis for the past year and I’ve never been so aware of my gender, and of gender issues in general, than I have here. In my job with Oxfam I also sometimes get to write or read about gender issues and inspiring women… your blog will be a great addition to my reading material 🙂



  2. what an intiative! am proud of u. It is really great that build such network where ideas can flow freely. Group of ideas will be actions in the long run.

    I am interested in promoting equality.

    we will work together,

    keep moving


  3. I have been looking for Ethiopian Feminist forever since I haven’t read it for a while… thought it disappeared… But then I found out that the name is changed, because you’re now covering the whole continent. Awesome. And thanks!!! Ready for some Sunday brain food now…


  4. Billene you are doing a great job tackling everything that destroy our women, craddle of our humanity!! please write to me I am working with humanitarian organization in the middle east. God bless you.


  5. your writing on female sexuality in Ethiopia is unbelievably insightful…….sexuality particularly female sexuality is a shame ,a disgrace to family and a society moreover in our society a woman is a subordinate a subject more less , a man sexual part is a sign of power ,control but its not the same for a woman and the recent Betty issue is an example that lawyers got together to take legal action but they don’t seem to have that sense of common understanding about the burning and the killing of woman when under our nose . thank you for bringing this to our attention


  6. As Zainab Salbi said “Every woman must own her story; otherwise we are all part of the silence.” Thanks for sharing ur rich experience and for not being on the part of the silence.


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