The Power of Inclusive Global Sisterhood

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Chicago Peace Fellow

In a world where the dominant narrative of womanhood rests in the experiences and viewpoints of white women, Women’s History Month poses the perfect time to underscore the value and power in an inclusive global sisterhood.

From humanitarian efforts to beauty standards, white women dominate headlines as the “model” and missionaries who will save the world. Meanwhile, Black and women of other ethnicity are portrayed as victims, recipients of charity.

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Yet, there are other stories to tell and more diverse voices to amplify. One such story comes from Chicago where 20 year old Alycia Kamil organized grocery initiatives to get food and COVID resources to residents living in food deserts. Alycia’s efforts attracted international support which helped to expand her efforts and other grassroots initiatives.

It has become quite obvious that in order to advance peace around the world, and to dismantle the systemic oppression waged from western forces, a unified female-lead movement rooted less in privilege but more in philanthropic compassion is compulsory. -- La'Keisha Gray-Sewell

In that light, I myself am proud to take an active role in making global connections amongst women and girls. In 2020 after visiting Ghana, my organization partnered with Bridges to Africa Connection. This organization was founded by Dawn Sutherland who has adopted a village in Kumasi Ghana to ensure all the local girls receive an education. Through our partnership we have donated technology support for their local school, and 40 girls have been matched as penpals.

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This program will ensure geography does not present a barrier to understanding and solidarity. -- La'Keisha Gray-Sewell

Even still, we don’t have to look too much further than within the Goldin Institute family for inspiration on the power of women. Whether it's the efforts of the women of the Chicago Peace Fellows or our global network, we comprise a sisterhood that is reflective of collective humanitarianism.

One project that exemplifies the power of collaboration and sisterhood is Raising Black Girl Magic, just one of the ten projects of our Mutual Aid Collaborative, dedicated to serving the needs of young Black women in Chicago. This project is a long-term effort that involves several of my Chicago Peace Fellows peers -- Jamila Trimuel, Dawn Hodges, and Michelle Day -- who work with young women to provide monthly sessions targeting an often-overlooked population. Together, we also help meet other needs from food to sanitary products for black girls.

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The world needs creative solutions to issues that impact all of our communities around the world: the water crisis, gender-based violence, poverty, bigotry, climate change and more. The women of the Goldin Institute exemplify what it looks like when inclusive global sisterhood takes root and we can lead from our hearts, guided by universal principles of equity and peace.

This is what global sisterhood looks like.

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