Feminist, activist and storyteller Jamia Wilson was one the millions of women who took to the streets this weekend to protest against the election of US President Donald Trump and “for the full dignity and rights that I have as a human being in this country who happens to be a woman”.
At first reluctant to march, Jamia wrote a piece on her mother encouraging her to participate in the march, and how her decision to protest resulted in her voice adding “to the chorus calling for accountability, confronting power imbalances and abuse and condemning hate”.
In a video, Jamia shares how the Women’s March on Washington had grown into an intersectional gathering in which she was proud to be a part of and mobilise for. And late last year wrote how the march’s leadership had also become more diverse.
“I am a black woman in this country; cis-gender woman. I have a disability. I am an American citizen. All of those identities have given me either historic struggle and lack of of access, and some of those identities have given me privilege,” said the head of organisation Women, Action and the Media.
“Intersectionality is important so that each of us we can understand where we stand in the struggle for freedom as well as where we stand to help others who might not have the privileges we have.”