Dialogue 3: Rage, Resistance & Transformation


Ruth Nyambura is a feminist political ecologist and organizer from Kenya working on the intersections of gender, economy, and ecological justice. She is the founding member and convener of the African Ecofeminists Collective. Also, she works with several regional agrarian and climate justice movements to track and challenge the privatization of the agrarian and ecological commons. Ruth holds an LL.M in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the University of Turin (UNITO), Italy, and has previously served as a judge on the International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature.

Glenda is a journalist, communicator, academic, and popular educator of Afro-Guatemalan descent committed to black feminism. She has been responsible for Communication/Visibility and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women (RMAAD).

MARY HOOKS, United States
Mary Hooks is a 38yr old, Black, lesbian, feminist, mother, organizer, and co-director of SONG (Southerners on New Ground). Mary joined SONG as a member in 2009 and began organizing with SONG in 2010. SONG is a political home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. SONG builds, sustains, and connects a southern regional base of LGBTQ people to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, coalition and alliance building, intersectional analysis, and organizing. Mary’s commitment to Black liberation, which encompasses the liberation of LGBTQ folks, is rooted in her experiences growing up under the impacts of the War on Drugs. Her people are migrants of the Great Migration, factory workers, church folks, Black women, hustlers and addicts, dykes, studs, femmes, queens, and all people fighting for the liberation of oppressed people.

“The mandate; to avenge the suffering of our ancestors, to earn the respect of future generations, and to be transformed in the service of the work. Let’s get free ya’ll!” - Mary Hooks

Sheila is an activist and human rights lawyer at Black Coalition for Rights (Coalizão Negra por Direitos). She is a UN Fellow in the program for people of African descent at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Makda Isak is a daughter of Eritrean refugees and grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. She is currently a graduate student in Sociology and doing research on African Feminist epistemologies. Makda is a Black Feminist who has been involved in antiracist and feminist grassroots organizing for the past six years. She is part of the Frankfurt chapter of the Initiative of Black People in Germany (Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland) and works for the Berlin based African, Afrodiasporic & Black empowerment community project Each One Teach One as a political educator.

PHUMI MTETWA, South Africa, moderator
Phumi Mtetwa is an activist working on issues of economic, gender and LGBTI equality and justice. As a former Co-Secretary General of the International Lesbian and Gay Association she contributed in bringing issues of concern in the global South to the organisation, including creating the LGBT South-South Dialogue, that strongly contributed LGBTI perspectives in the processes of the World Social Forum. She has been part of the leadership of many organisations, including the AIDS Law Project, FEDAEPS, the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project; is co-founding member of the Masithandane End-Hate Collective. She is a Social Change Initiative Fellow (reflecting on her campaigning and political activism). Today she occupies herself with one of her great passions: Feminist Popular Education in her role as Regional Co-Director of JASS Southern Africa.