Mwasi Afrofeminist Collective is a French based collective fighting hard for Black liberation. We work in a non-mixed environment exclusively open to womxn of all gender experiences, femmes, and gender-marginalised people of African and Caribbean origin and descent.
Our Afrofeminism is a collective political response to a racist, cis-sexist, heteropatriarchal and capitalist system. It is rooted in a rich history of Black womxn and feminists who have organised the fight for freedom and emancipation while constructing and contributing to feminist thought throughout the Black diaspora.
Mwasi Collective will never endorse any political party that supports and perpetuates racism, colonialism, or patriarchy. We subscribe to an active Black feminism which seeks to radically change society through a collective effort.
- Our basic right to existence, freedom, happiness and self-identification. We aim to achieve this through the overthrowing of anti-blackness, hetero-patriarchy and capitalism.
- Black feminism as a political practice. Though some deem Black feminism a personal identity, we are adamant that it is a global political movement which combines multiple practices, theories and historical contexts. It is therefore essential for Mwasi to reinforce Afrofeminism in a French context by sharing the experiences of Black womxn and gender-marginalised people living in France to further contribute to collective political strategies and analyses.
- Our right to political visibility. By putting Black womxn and gender-marginalised people at the centre of our movement, we seek to visiblise ourselves and issues surrounding the racialisation of gender.
- An anti-capitalist Black feminism. Our fight is for all Black womxn and we cannot ignore how class and gender racialisation further oppress the most marginalised amongst us. We aspire to a classless society void of capitalism and oppose all attempts towards the ‘diversification’ of elite capitalism.
- Real political solidarity with our siblings in the Global South. This is the only sustainable counter to ‘white saviour’ interventions. It is also essential for an anti-colonialist movement against internal violence and the exploitation of our brothers and sisters in Africa and the Caribbean by decentralising western ‘recovery’ efforts.
- Direct action. Protests, interventions, workshops and conferences are the fundamental elements of our activism. These actions are always in line with our political ethics, our manifesto, and the pressing needs of any long or short-term alliances that may be necessary in a given situation.
- Education. Whether they be face-to-face interactions or online movements, there must be a shared thought process in the production, criticism and distribution of theories, practices and strategies of our political struggle. All of Mwasi’s actions are principally aimed at Black womxn of all gender experiences, femmes, gnc folx and the wider black community.
- The promotion of Black love and Black global solidarity. We organise spaces in which we can talk within our community to address our immediate needs and long-term strategies with the aim of better supporting each other.
For us, by us, afrofeministly,
MWASI COLLECTIF AFROFEMINIST