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I am Nala

edited by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

These seven stories narrate powerful and empowering journeys of becoming and overcoming. The women in this anthology are deeply attuned to the challenges and hardships faced by women and girls on the African continent and in the Diaspora. They do not shy away from speaking about these hardships, offering up vulnerable stories that are emblematic of the ongoing disregard of women and girls in Africa and elsewhere. Triumphantly, these hardships fuel these inspiring women to claim their right to humanity, in this way effecting change in their societies and trailblazing a path for women and girls in Africa and beyond. Ultimately, these are triumphant stories of change and agency. They pave the way for future generations and make possible for what was previously thought impossible. 

Each chapter advocates for one of the Sustainable Development Goals and one of the demands of Africa Young Women Beijing+25 Manifesto.The seven stories in this compilation are a testimony to an Africa that is alive and vibrant and whose future brims with brilliance and promise. Readers from all corners of the world will feel this immense pride and inspiration for Africa is in and of the world. Here you will meet women in their twenties and thirties who have broken new ground and attained many firsts in their respective fields, paving the way for women and girls everywhere.

ISBN 9789914741483 | 166 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2022 | Nala Feminist Collective, Kenya | Paperback

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"History shows us that social movements, especially feminist movements, can bring about transformative change. They have played an instrumental role in establishing and advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights over the years. Nala Feminist Collective personifies that fierce and unwavering commitment"

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

"Without investing in young women and girls, we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Decision makers need to deliver on the Agenda. So, Norway will do its part. I endorse Africa Young Women Beijing+25 Manifesto of Nala Feminist Collective because Generation Equality cannot afford to move forward without Africa."

H.E. Dag Inge-Ulstein, Former Minister of International Development of Norway

"I am so proud to be part of Nala Feminist Collective. It matters. We're calling for perpetrators to be held accountable by world leaders"

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019

"The demands spelled out in this unmistakable affirmation [Beijing +25 Manifesto of Nalafem] on part of African young women to secure a real change, should be clearly integrated in our society and our communities"

H.E Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda

"Emerging from the Generation Equality Forum, this Collective [Nalafem] is the culmination of decades of action and partnership towards gender equality led by committed activists and feminist-leaders. Together we must reflect on progress towards the clear demands outlined in the Africa Young Women B+25 Manifesto and continue to identify strategies to accelerate this agenda"

Amina J. Mohamed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General

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