National Girl Me Too Day - Why Our Feminism Should Be Intersectional

Girl me too! April 7th marks ‘Girl Me Too Day,’ a day dedicated to celebrating female empowerment and joining forces to encourage girls and women to talk about their shared experiences. However, today we are gonna dedicate Girl Me Too Day to talking all about intersectional feminism. So, what is intersectional feminism? Let us, fill you in, babe! Intersectionality within feminism is acknowledging the overlapping forms of oppression that certain communities or groups of women face, all on top of what they face by simply being a woman. Whether that’s their race, sexual orientation, religion or class, intersectionality helps us understand better the inequalities that certain women face more than others. This doesn’t take away from the problems you feel, it just means that to be a feminist, you’ve got to look after all your sisters, right?

2021 has been a turning point for social movements. With BLM, a rise in Asian hate crime, conversations about domestic abuse and violence towards women, and the very recent ban on wearing Hijabs in France, if you’re a woman who has had to experience at least one of these then National Girl Me Too Day is a chance for you to either share your story or even learn about the inequalities that other females around you have gone through so you can offer your support and raise awareness.

We want to shine some light on important social issues that are happening right now that you should educate yourself on and try to support as best as you can, whether that be as an ally, speaking out against racism or hate crimes, or by donating to a charity or cause. After all, sisterhood is about supporting other women and honouring the bond we all share.

BLM Charities For Women

Black Girls Hike - “is a non-profit organisation which aims to make the UK countryside more inclusive and provide a safe space for Black women to explore the outdoors with like-minded individuals. Their regular hiking events also place emphasis on wellbeing and sisterhood. They are currently raising money to host Healing Retreats for Black women across the UK.”

Black Girls Brunch - Black Girls Brunch UK is an events organisation committed to empowering professional black women and helping them to feel less alone in their industry. The money raised will go towards hosting more events, which consists of guest speakers, workshops, discussions, food and a chance to network. If you want to provide long-lasting support, Black Girls Brunch is also asking people to support their Patreon.

Uk Black Pride - “UK Black Pride is an organisation which advocates, fights for, supports and celebrates LGBTQ people of colour. Although 2020’s Black Pride event had to be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, your donations will help to fund future events (both digital and physical) as well as supporting community outrush and hardship funds.”

Stop Asian Hate Crime Charities

End The Virus Of Racism - “A campaign organisation tackling structural racism and hate crime against the East and Southeast Asian community in the UK.”

Stop Hate UK - “Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.”

Charities To Support Muslim Women

Muslim Womens Network UK - “Muslim Women's Network UK (MWNUK) is the only national Muslim women's organisation in Britain. We are a small national charity and work to improve the social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. We have a national membership of individuals and organisations with a collective reach of tens of thousands of Muslim women. Our membership also includes women of others faiths / no faith and men who support our work.”

Domestic Abuse Against Women Charities

Women’s Aid - "Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated."

Charities To Support LGBTQIA+ Community

Mermaids- "Mermaids is a British charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender variant and transgender youth. Mermaids was founded in 1995 by a group of parents of gender nonconforming children."

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) - “UKLGIG are an organisation that works in support of LGBTQ people who are having to go through the UK's asylum and immigration system. This charity provides psychological, emotional, and legal support to asylum seekers and runs an online forum to reduce feelings of isolation.” Donate here

If you want to use National Girl Me Too Day as a chance to educate yourself and to start practicing intersectional feminism then here are our favourite intersectional feminism books to help you get started;

It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

We hope that this has helped you understand better why our feminism must be intersectional.

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