July 1st, 2022, marks Nalafem’s first year anniversary which is why we used the opportunity to publish our first book titled ‘I am Nala’ an anthology of seven stories written by Nala council, fierce African women whose identities and journeys led to their activism, politics and radical movements. We wrote a book that our younger selves would have wanted to read but couldn’t find. We wrote about the women who inspire us, and the less traveled roads we have taken, unapologetically.
Authors : Aya Chebbi, Rosebell Kagumire, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, Rose Wachuka Macharia, Yasmine Ouihrane and Kessy Ekomo Soignet. Edited by award-winning writer Dr. Novyuo Tshuma, author of House of Stone (2018), with the support of Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu, Soraya Addi, Syeda Re’em Hussain and Amina Alaoui Soulimani.
Emerging from the Generation Equality Forum, this Collective [Nalafem] is the culmination of decades of action and partnership towards gender equality led by committed activists and feminist-leaders. Together we must reflect on progress towards the clear demands outlined in the Africa Young Women B+25 Manifesto and continue to identify strategies to accelerate this agenda.
Amina J. Mohamed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General
The demands spelled out in this unmistakable affirmation [Beijing +25 Manifesto of Nalafem] on part of African young women to secure a real change, should be clearly integrated in our society and our communities.
H.E Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda