Writers & Artists
Evelyn Marie: técnica em Enfermagem, Estudante de graduação em Farmácia e do Bacharelado Interdisciplinar em Ciências Ambientais, Fundadora do Coletivo Egunitá Dúdú Yori que tem como sua bandeira o feminismo negro. O coletivo Egunitá é referencia no combate a Violência contra mulher, o Desrespeito as regiões de Matriz Africana, o Racismo Ambiental e a Justiça Climática. Nosso coletivo tem 35 mulheres ativas trabalhando cotidianamente e atinge a mais 250 jovens e mulheres adultas das comunidades da Fazenda Garcia, Santo Inácio, Calabetão e na cidade de Santo Amaro..
Maria Alejandra Escalante queer Colombian woman, learning how to strengthen the intersectional movement while re-centering sensitivity in activism. Studied Human Ecology and Rural Territorial Development, and is interested in supporting agrarian autonomous communities and projects. Maria has played an active role in the movement for climate justice through climate advocacy, and more recently by being one of the co-founders of TierrActiva Colombia, a national and regional network working towards environmental justice, social inclusion, and gender equality. Maria believes in articulating the intersectionality of struggles as one of the core elements for building a robust and all-encompassing systemic change. In her spare time, Maria is happy reading, gardening and dancing salsa.
Marina Sophia Flevotomas is a Sociologist and a Climate and Social Justice Activist. She is founder of the visual communications initative PulpoArt, addressing climate impacts through art, manuals and storytelling. While Marina’s roots are in Greece and Cyprus, she has been raised a global citizen by default of history’s migration triggers. She entered the climate justice field through a human rights lens, especially working with and empowering one of the world’s most untapped resources and climate solutions: women and girls. Her climate research addressed the lack of legal protection for climate refugees and environmentally displaced persons, environmental racism, and community driven solutions. Marina believes that to truly address the climate crisis, we must reconnect with our most important values: respect, love and reciprocity for all of life. She dedicates her time to the Indigenous-led Buen Vivir Project Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life in Quechua) in the Andes of Peru, a community that has embraced her for the last years and taught her how to unlearn and relearn just about everything.
Mmabatho Motsamai: is a believer in African development through leadership, community engagement and the power of pen. She is the founder of The Afrolutionist, a blog that promotes dialogue on African Development in all sectors viewed in over 130 countries across the globe. Through her blogging experience, Mmabatho has explored the narrative of African Development across the globe, linking and learning with Afrolutionists in places like Ethiopia, France and South Korea. The Afrolutionist further runs CSR projects that promote sustainable development goals, centering all projects around SDG 17 She is also the cofounder of Botswana Youth Jobs Fair, and a key correspondent of Positive Vibes KP REACH program. She is also an alumni of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI Alumni), the APCIEU & UNSECO 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED, An Anzisha Media Finalist (2016), an alumni of YALA Academy and a Climate Tracker Africa Fellow.
Sally Souraya: global mental health professional from Lebanon, currently working for an international organisation in London. Sally enjoys participating in variety of creative projects and advocacy initiatives, which connect her passion for art with her commitment to activism. This includes social clowning, visual storytelling, physical theatre and performance. Sally also worked as a freelance journalist writing about social issues, feminism and human rights in the MENA region.
Samirah Siddiqui is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation at University of Sussex. She is British Pakistani and has been brought up between London and Lahore. She has previously worked in green business and the development sector for WWF-Pakistan and CARE International UK. Her goal is to change the narrative of post-colonial countries and biodiversity, climate and environmental justice. She hopes to achieve this by increasing representation of the global majority in international development and decision-making.
Samreen Khan: development activist and a multimedia journalist, refers to herself as a born-again feminist. She strives for her goals and grandest dreams to help forge a better, more inclusive and gender equal world. Her dream is to link theory with practices in order to draw best practices from community work and social action. Defending Human rights through her pen, voice, and action.
Corporación Sihyta: Somos una organización ambiental de Bogotá liderada por mujeres y creemos firmemente que nuestra percepción del mundo permite un mejor entendimiento de su realidad y por lo tanto una mejor toma de decisiones para la convivencia con la madre tierra. Poco a poco hemos aprendido a interpretar las formas de lenguaje que nos brinda el territorio, y hemos logrado traducir sus necesidades y convertirlas en acciones que se asimilan armoniosamente con el medio natural, esta estrategia que solo nosotras, las mujeres podemos sentir al conectarnos con nuestra raíz, es la única base que tienen los seres humanos para sentirse interconectados en el ecosistema del planeta, y es nuestro deber como mujeres unir esos lazos que se han roto en la evolución e industrialización de la humanidad. Nuestro objetivo es cartografiar la realidad de nuestro territorio desde una visión que va mucha más allá del paradigma de la ciencia material y tecnicista, para eso a diario fortalecemos nuestra conexión con la tierra, para así poder convertirnos en parte de ella, con el único fin de comprenderla y entenderla en todas sus dimensiones, trayendo la sabiduría de nuestros ancestros en cada una de nuestras acciones, apuntando siempre a los principios de la filosofía andina del Buen Vivir.
Liviana Coranda Bath: lives as a lesbian, activist and artist in Berlin, in the border triangle Czech Republic/Poland/Germany and Brasil. She works as an multiplicator of Theater of the Oppressed and social and cultural anthropologist. Since 2011, she is an integrant of Madalena Berlin feminist Theater Collective and makes part of the international Ma(g)dalena Theater of the Oppressed Woman Network.https://livisolana.blogspot.com/
Mercedes Escobedo: Mestiza Maya, Agro Ecofeminista de Iximulew, Guatemala, activista ecologista y defensora de derechos humanos y de las mujeres.
Belle Williams: currently in final year of my undergraduate studies at Meredith College, US. I am studying Spanish, International Studies, and Education. I plan to obtain a MA in Human Rights and a PhD in Linguistics, two fields that I see as inextricable from one another. I am passionate about human rights for language minorities, gender equality, issues facing the LGBTQ+ populations, and social justice in the Latinx community. I have dedicated much of my life to mentoring programs for young girls as well as programs ensuring educational accessibility for students of ESL and their families.
Alba Crespo Rubio: Periodista feminista. Nací en Barcelona, Catalunya, y vivo en Mindo, Ecuador. He trabajado en medios alternativos de diversas latitudes, ahora soy parte activa de la revista feminista digital La Periódica en Ecuador. Trabajo como guía en una escuela alternativa. Me encanta leer, y por consecuencia amo escribir. Voy en bicicleta a todas partes. He estado involucrada en movimientos sociales desde la universidad: asambleas, movimiento estudiantil y juvenil, trabajo barrial… todo atravesado por la lucha feminista, que ha ido tomando un papel clave en mi manera de ver el mundo y organizarme para transformarlo. Participo del medio digital La Observatoria, con sede en Barcelona.
Anamhoo y Bruja Migrante, colectivo ADA
Ana Maytik Avirama: soy mujer, hija, nieta, indígena, mestiza, viajante, ecóloga humana, paisajista sonora, activista ambiental, amante del agua, teatrera, aprendiz de partera, aprendiz de medicina china, aprendiz.
Elena Hight: graduate student in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. Her current research explores the politics and policies behind water infrastructures in cities along the Great Lakes. Elena has also worked with local environmental advocacy groups in Oklahoma and Wisconsin on various projects related to environmental justice and policy reform, and she is a member of InterACT Youth, an intersex activist group. With InterACT, she has given numerous presentations to both community and university organizations on intersex human rights violations and written about her experience as an intersex person. In her free time, Elena continues her work as an educator, storyteller, poet, songwriter, and activist to envision alternatives to oppressive systems and build communities of care.
Katherine García: 21 Años, activista feminista, lideresa, mujer joven rural, estudiante de trabajo social de la universidad luterana Salvadoreña, locutora del programa Vocerx en Recistencia, forma parte de la comunidad LGTBI y diferentes organizaciones sociales a favor de la mujer y jóvenes, escritora. Busca el reconocimiento de la identidad rural de las mujeres de Chalatenango y la reedificación de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos.
Leakhena Saroeurn: studied Tourism Management at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and I also studied Human rights and Environmental Issues at Earthrights School Mekong, Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am a young Environmental Fellow of JWH initiative of BothEnds organization and Project Manager at the Thrive Program of SHE Investments. I am responsible for managing training, evaluations, monitoring, organizing events, planning workshops, and writing the reports, including proposal writing. I was a former of World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW) from 2015-2018. I was a member of session coordinator group at 7.C topic of the Thematic sessions and a speaker at 8th World Water Forum. I worked for Y-farm (Youth Farm Network) coordinator in Cambodia. I also have been working as a project head advocacy of the climate education project at ATO organization.
Leslie Arreaza: was born in Guatemala and came to the United States when I was 8 years old. I dedicate my time to advocating for immigrant and refugee rights. I hope to use my words to advocate and bring about change in attitudes and perceptions towards these communities, as well as a sense of safety for those within them.
Perrin Ireland: visual storyteller who uses art for activism living in Brooklyn, New York. By day I partner with scientists and advocates at the Natural Resources Defense Council to visually connect hearts with the most pressing problems of the day. In my spare time I work with activists, publications, and organizations to use art for change. I usually make a painting a day, and when I’m not painting I can be found in the ocean or dancing.
Thokozani Amanda Chimasula: passionate about women, girls and children with writing as a major hobby. In my free time I like writing (yes!), reading, designing, farming and working out new things! I believe the world would be a better place if everyone found a purpose of working together towards the good of everyone else with the less privileged and vulnerable populations being at the centre of the whole equation.
Vidisha Saini (Fadescha): artist, curator and organizer, working across cultural disciplines in contemporary art, electronic music through various alternative pedagogies. http://www.vidisha-fadescha.com
Putas Tristes Flores: mami y papi son del campo, pero luego de casarse y tener tres hijxs decidieron salir corriendo para la ciudad a buscar “mejor vida”. Mami siempre repetía que odiaba el campo y así me convencí de que la ciudad era de dios. Luego de salir del colegio estudié diseño y mercadeo de moda y por los pasillos del instituto me contaminaba con los sueños de todxs que eran irse lejos, al tal primer mundo. Pero un día conocí una mujer y de su mano nos fuimos a recorrer el campo que la parió a ella, así sentí por primera vez la tierra en mis manos, las noches llenas de estrellas, las flores que ya no estaban en los vestidos que aprendí a coser perdida entre edificios. Conocí a don Alfonso y doña Amanda, a Sandra, a Lucía y la forma tan amorosa en que me alimentaban y contaban historias de cómo los megaproyectos extractivistas estaban acabando con sus aguas y sembrados. Así cambiaron mis sueños, de la ciudad sí me voy, pero otra vez para el campo, ahora estudio para ser profesora de artes, y con pinturas me uno a lucha para defender el montecito sagrado al que quiero regresar.
Devi Leiper OMalley is a FRIDA co-director. For three years, she worked for the Asia Pacific program at the Global Fund for Women. During this time, she also co-founded the Devata Giving Circle, the first Cambodian-American giving circle. Prior to this, Devi supported the start-up of the Women’s Organization and Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA), the first sex-worker led organization in Uganda. She has been consulting for various philanthropic organizations to organize a feminist movement-building spaces and resource-mobilization dialogues with feminist activists in Southeast Asia. In her spare time, Devi likes watching dance choreography videos, taking photos, spending time with family and playing with her dog Hachu. She speaks English, French and Khmer and tweets as @devi_lo.
Jessica Olson, born and raised in Silicon Valley, California and blossoming into her feminism living deep in the heart of Central Texas, describes herself as a queer climate feminist. Jessica has been involved in feminist organizing in the international UN climate system since 2012. Domestically in the US, she works as a facilitator of gender justice workshops, anti-racism coaching, and local anti-fascist organizing efforts. Professionally, she works with the Sierra Club’s international climate campaign focusing on issues of gender and climate- working for justice-centered human mobility and young feminist action. When she’s not building coalitions, creating colorful spreadsheets, or organizing, Jessica is out climbing rocks, attending theater performances, doing yoga or practicing aerial silks and trapeze art. She is a lover of bad puns, perfectly baked cookies, and British comedy.
Ledys Sanjuan Mejía is the FRIDA advocacy officer. She is a digital activist and specialist in feminist international political economy from Bogotá, Colombia. Ledys contributed to the student and worker movements in defense of public services from an intersectional perspective and through organising women of colour collectives in the UK. Additionally, she coordinated international volunteers in a youth collective in Hebron, Palestine recording human rights abuses. Later, she founded the first Latin American activist school, a collective of digital activist that use popular education to train more activists in digital and campaigning skills throughout the region. Currently, she lives in Bogotá where she spends her time writing and reciting poetry, practising kundalini yoga, training women’s self defense, cuddling her cats and organising with her queer ecofeminist collective doing creative interventions, workshops, bike rides, urban gardening and political actions in defense of mother earth and women’s bodies. She tweets as @Red_Led68.
Majandra Rodriguez Acha (third from left), from Lima, Peru, is a climate justice activist and educator focusing on intersectionality, feminism, activism and the environment. Majandra is part of the founding crew of TierrActiva Perú, a collective and national network that works towards “system change, not climate change” and the building of alternatives to the climate crisis. In 2016, Majandra was Young Feminist Fellow for Climate Justice at the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and FRIDA, promoting the visibility and engagement of young women and young feminist activists in climate advocacy. She is currently a FRIDA board member, and a member of the Next Generation Climate Board at Global Greengrants Fund. In her spare time, Majandra likes to play drums in an all-women group, ride her bike and do worm composting. She tweets as @majandrraa.