Sister-to-Sister 2018 visit: an in-depth conversation on feminist activism

Young feminist activists play a crucial role in driving permanent social change in their communities. From Palestine, Nigeria and Myanmar to Mexico and Canada, these brave women human rights defenders are at the forefront of grassroots feminist movements locally and globally.

The MATCH Fund is thrilled to support Nobel Women’s Initiative’s annual Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program. This 6-week advocacy and communications training program provides a unique opportunity for young activists to learn from dynamic civil society organizations and feminist educators in an international setting.

On November 28th, The MATCH Fund invited the five mentees to our office for an in-depth conversation about the challenges and opportunities of feminist activism. Topics included: barriers and solutions to funding access, capacity-building, social media, network-building, government partnerships, and the benefits of showing appreciation to supporters.

Hearing the stories of young activists Enas AbdAljawwad (Palestine), Carrington Christmas (Mi’kma’ki), Ivette Estefania Galván García (Mexico), Pamela Okoroigwe (Nigeria), and Thinzar Shunlei Yi (Myanmar) was a humbling and inspiring experience for The MATCH Fund team. We undoubtedly learned as much from our guests sharing their unique experiences as they did from our mentorship.

During their visit to Canada, the mentees also participated in various panels, events, and meetings with government officials and activists (and also some classic Canadian sightseeing)! Re-live their exciting journey through Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Read full biographies of this year’s Sister-to-Sister participants.