Yomi Adegoke leads this panel discussion on Black women collectives and grassroots organising featuring Yon Afro Collective founders Layla-Roxanne Hill and Francesca Sobande, Fania Noël from Mwasi Afrofeminist Collective and Rianna Walcott, co-founder of website Project Myopia.
The impetus for staging Fugitive Feminism now responds to current cases of Black women’s struggles for recognition. In a recent introduction of the series at ICA, Emejulu described a particular example, ‘Women of colour activists undertaking creative and innovative work in the UK – occupying prisons, doing refugee survival work, supporting migrants at Yarl’s Wood – are doing work that can’t be recognised as legitimate political activism. They can’t be seen as allies in struggle, they can’t be read as legible.’
Supporting a transnational conversation on grassroots organising by women of colour, this panel presents testaments of organising in Glasgow, Paris and London. Layla-Roxanne Hill and Francesca Sobande discuss their work organising around the misrepresentation of Black women in Glasgow, including their co-founding of the Black-led Yon Afro Collective, Fania Noël presents the work of Mwasi Afrofeminist Collective, a Parisian collective of Black and African women, and London-based organiser Rianna Walcott shares her work on researching Black identity formation in digital spaces and in promoting diversity in academia.