Accepting the Sisterhood of Greatness Award

Sisterhood Agenda

It truly was an amazing day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC for the Sisterhood Agenda Sisterhood of Greatness Award Ceremony.

Angela Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda, 2nd from L – Adrianne George, Founder of Black Women in Europe, 3rd from R – Ayana Coleman-Dixon, Sisterhood Agenda Secretary, and Blanche A. Williams, author of the Sisterhood Manifesto.

The ancestors truly were with us in the Oprah Winfrey Theater and I am grateful and proud to have accepted this award for all of the Black Women in Europe family.

Time for our 10th Black Women in Europe™ Power List: A List of Our Own©

Power List

This year we the Black Women in Europe™ Blog will publish their 10th Power List.

Is that amazing or what? I say amazing. Amazing that we celebrate us. Amazing that we have so many to celebrate. Amazing that 10 years has passed so quickly.

If you know of a black woman in Europe doing amazing, against the odds, inspiring things, send their names and links to contact (at) blackwomenineurope.com

View the previous lists below to see who has been honored in the past.

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2018 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2017 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

Read their inspirational biographies.

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2015 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own©

Read their inspirational biographies.

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2013 – A List of Our Own©


Read their inspirational biographies
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Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2012 – A List of Our Own©

Read their inspirational biographies.

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2011 – A List of Our Own©

Read their inspiring biographies.

 

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010 – A List of Our Own©

Read their inspirational biographies.

Join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team.

BWIE Kiva Team

Since 2013 the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team has grown to 8 members and has provided $250 in loans. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Our collective efforts will make a difference to an individual, a group, and a community.

Let’s support women. You don’t have to wait to start giving as part of our team. Choose a project and click on the amount you would like to donate. Remember as little as $25 is all that is needed. You’ll be taken to your basket where you can select what lending team your loans should count towards. Beneath the “Count Towards Team” column, you’ll see a drop down box with Black Women in Europe™’s lending team listed. Click that box and select the Black Women in Europe™’s lending team and the loan to will count towards our team.

Thank you and Go Team!

Humbled – Sisterhood Agenda Award

Dear Adrianne,

I want to say “Congratulations!” Sisterhood Agenda would like to present you and Black Women in Europe with our new Sisterhood of Greatness Award.  The awards ceremony will take place at our gathering, Celebrating Sisterhood:  25 Years of Service, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1:00pm-5:00pm.  Will you be able to join us?

As a long-standing Sisterhood Agenda global partner, this is our time to shine! Our first Sisterhood of Greatness Awards are presented to several founders and activists who represent and exemplify a code of excellence in consciousness, character, and conduct. Celebrating our 25-year anniversary is a testament to the collective spirit and strength of our constituency including over 5,000 global agencies throughout 36 countries, who share our purposeful focus on women and girls while growing a powerful force for positive social change.

During the devastating 2017 storms, hurricanes Irma and Maria, our newly opened SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands was severely damaged. We rebuilt it, stronger than ever, and remain vigilant in our ongoing support of millions of women and girls through partnerships, training, projects, programs, and products.

To mark this occasion, we decided to share our 25-year anniversary within our sisterhood by spotlighting the efforts of other amazing women and girls who have made a difference by standing up, stepping out and lifting us up to make the world a better place. Together, we realize the collective bond and power we impose when eradicating the issues we choose to champion. Therefore, we commemorate our anniversary by celebrating others!

Sisterhood is the foundation for collective empowerment. Our sisterhood is diverse and inclusive because we are all unique. Striving for meaningful connection, we want women and girls to know that they are never alone.

Knowing that time is of the essence, we hope that you can join us for this special event.  Please reply regarding award acceptance and participation in the award ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as soon as possible.  Thank you for all that you do.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,

Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM

Sisterhood Agenda

         

  Celebrating Sisterhood:  25 Years of Service 

Royal Insult: Danny Baker apologises for ‘racist’ royal baby tweet as he swiftly deletes monkey picture

Royal insult

Danny Baker of BBC Radio 5 made the ultimate insult to Meghan and Prince Harry by equating their son with a monkey via a Twitter post yesterday. While those who cared are celebrating a new life and a healthy mother, he is tearing down black women and their children everywhere.

Once the shit hit the fan here is what the looser racist had to say to his 500,000+ followers of which at least 91 had liked it before he removed the “let me show you who I really am Tweet” was removed:

‘Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. ‘Soon as those good enough to point out its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it. ‘Now stand by for sweary football tweets.’–Danny Baker

In the meantime, he still has  a Twitter account and a job at the BBC. I am steaming. Are you?

Read the Metro article on the racist who tweeted this monkey picture in response to the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child.

Thanks to iDNetwork for alerting us to this via LinkedIn.

  1. If you think the picture depicting Meghan’s baby is a. funny or b. not racist, comment here so we can have a proper discussion about why you are so wrong.
  2. Help us build the most comprehensive directory of organizations across Europe that support black women. This tool should be within reach of everyone who needs it. Send your links to contact@bwiesmg.org. Thank you.

I wouldn’t feel safe onboard Ryanair

Ryanair

Leave our mothers and grandmother alone.

It is always precarious travelling while black, especially for a woman. Let’s face it. Women are less valued in society or we would earn the same pay as men, proportionately occupy the same leadership positions as men, and not get punished for having children as career women. Another irrefutable truth is that black women suffer even more just because we are black.

Queue up the latest attack on us, this time by a white man and supported by Ryanair, the low budget airline that disrupted the industry. Fair well you pioneer. We’d rather have our self-respect, thank you. Don’t know what I’m going on about? Please take a few minutes to view the video below, read the open letter and add your signature.

NOTE: Please add your signature on this open letter to Ryanair in the comments. However, you can’t add your comment signature if you are using a mobile device. Please use a laptop or PC.

This is why our work is so important. Help us compile the most comprehensive directory of organizations across Europe that support black women by submitting their names and websites to contact@bwiesmg.org.

La Vérité – Amandine Gay and others Speak Up

Amandine Gay’s documentary “Ouvrir la Voix” confronts a political and historical paradox: the illusion of color blindness that’s central to the French national self-image.

OUVRIR LA VOIX/Speak Up is a feature-length documentary on black female Afro-descendants in French-speaking Europe (France and Belgium).

This film project was born from my desire to occupy the public space and explain why the racial question in France is an eminently political problem. Whether born in France or not, French parents or not, Muslim, Catholic, agnostic, Jewish, atheist, lesbian, hetero, bi, pansexual, cis or transgender, what society sees about us is above all, our skin color. Since my experience as a black woman is necessarily limited and subjective, it seemed necessary to give the floor to women different from me in order to draw a political portrait of black women in Europe and France as multiple as the realities and identities it includes.

For about 80 years critical theories of white supremacy, class relations and patriarchy have emerged . These theories have been articulated by intellectuals such as Claudia Jones, Ella Baker, James Baldwin, WEB du Bois, Franz Fanon, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Aime Cesaire, Audre Lorde, etc. And although these tools have been available for so long, the fact that the level of daily feeling and material living conditions of black women has changed – little has changed: greater economic precariousness, more likely to be victims of physical or symbolic violence. combination of negrophobia and sexism) etc.

How do we change the paradigm for black women? How do we disseminate these ideas, reflections, tools for preserving self-esteem and guaranteeing the emancipation of the entire black community?

I therefore consider this film in the spirit of a sociological inquiry, even if the militant and artistic dimension is affirmed. In sociology, the principle of the presentation of the person conducting the inquiry is called: situating one’s subject. And that is my intention: to know where I am from. I therefore choose to use my presence in this film as a guide to the themes that will be addressed, introducing each topic by a personal anecdote. My life has led me to apply for permanent residency in Quebec, but among the interviewees, we will meet as many women entrepreneurs – who are determined to settle permanently in France – as women who have already left or are planning to leave. This is our collection of anecdotes!!

–Amandine GAY, Director & Producer
https://ouvrirlavoixlefilm.fr/

These women’s experiences highlight why us building the most comprehensive directory of organizations across Europe that support black women is vital work.  If you know of organizations in France, Belgium and in other European countries, send their names and website links to contact@bwiesmg.org.

Microaggressions are not in your head.

It. Is. Not. In. Your. Head.

microagressions

Wonderful Black women in Europe. It took me researching and writing a chapter in a book about Black Feminism in Europe to realize how many microaggressions I have experienced and continue to experience.

Standard definition:

microaggression

[mʌɪkrəʊəˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n]

NOUN
microaggressions (plural noun) · micro-aggression (noun) · micro-aggressions (plural noun)
  1. a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.
    “the students made signs detailing microaggressions they had heard or experienced”
    • indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group.
      “they are not subject to daily acts of microaggression”
ORIGIN
1970s: from micro- + aggression.

Still not sure about microaggressions? View this short video for more information.

Tell me about the microaggressions you face, particularly in Europe. Include how you react, respond and deal with them. How do they make you feel?

If you want to you can comment here on this post or send them in via email to contact@bwiesmg.org. If you want to write a blog post about it you can submit that to me too.

Help us build the more comprehensive directory or organizations across Europe that support black women by submitting them to contact@bwiesmg.org.

It is not in your head.

News about austerity the UK – Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination

austerity

Low-income black and Asian women are paying the highest price for austerity. By 2020 they will have lost nearly double the amount of money poor white men have. You wouldn’t know any of this from the current discourse around austerity, poverty and Brexit Britain: women of colour are consistently written out of the picture.

Women, people of colour and in particular women of colour are suffering the most. And they will continue to suffer disproportionately until 2020, according to research from the Women’s Budget Group and the Runnymede Trust. If you dig down into their findings you see lone mothers are hit the hardest – and in this group it is once again women of colour who stand to lose out the most financially. This magnifies a trend that existed before austerity gripped the UK: even before the 2008 financial crash the poverty rates among minority ethnic communities were significantly higher than for the white population.

Read the full story on The Guardian. This is why our work is so important. Help us compile the most comprehensive directory of organizations across Europe that support black women across Europe by submitting their names to contact@bwiesmg.org.