Mama Power

 

WHAT KIND OF POWER DO MOTHERS WIELD?

Leader, activist...mother? Get to know the amazing women who are making a difference, and learn how mothers are flexing their personal and collective power to change the world.

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FACTS, FIGURES, AND DATA THAT FRAME THE ISSUES
  • More and more mothers are exercising their personal and collective power as advocates, begging the question: will our century be the one when women, and mothers, finally come into their power?
HEROES WORKING TO ADVANCE THE RIGHTS OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
  • Marusia Lopez Cruz, a regional coordinator for Just Associates and mother in Mexico, talks about her work and why motherhood has inspired her to be a more involved activist.
THOUGHT LEADERS PRESENT PROVOCATIVE, INNOVATIVE IDEAS
  • Kavita Ramdas, former CEO of the Global Fund for Women, explains how motherhood can ignite and inspire activism among women, and what changes activist moms have already made in the world.
  • IMOW Executive Director Clare Winterton explores what power mothers wield, and explains how mamas around the world are finding, expressing, and flexing that power.
ART, WRITING, AND MULTIMEDIA FROM WOMEN AND MEN AROUND THE WORLD
  • This visual poem celebrates the strength that many Haitian mothers have displayed in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
  • In her series of stark, simple images of women breastfeeding their children, Clare Yow invites us to rethink public breastfeeding.
  • V. Kottavei Williams’ work uses recycled records, boxes, paint, and other materials to depict mothers as powerful, vibrant, and engaged.
  • Esther, once part of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, shares how one woman empowered her to become an activist and better mother.
  • The organization, Migrantas, gives migrant women and mothers a platform to express their experiences as women in a foreign land.
FICTION AND MEMOIR FROM CELEBRATED WOMEN WRITERS
  • Blessing Musariri tells the story of Tinashe, a young Zimbabwean boy. When his mother takes Tinashe away with her in hopes of starting a new life, her young son must confront incomprehensible loss.
  • Leila Aboulela tells the story of a pregnant woman who recently moved to a new city for her husband's job; she is often alone, and feels uncertain and unmoored as she awaits the birth of her baby.
  • Sierra Leonian writer Aminatta Forna tells the story of a girl with a charismatic mother who was the favorite wife of her father, but also the target of judgments and criticisms from others in their community.
  • Samina Ali tells about her medically dangerous labor and delivery, during which she almost died, and what she learned from her infant son during her long period of rehabilitation.
  • Maggie Gee describes the growing pains she experienced as her daughter grew older and as she attempted to balance work and motherhood.
  • Beatrice Lamwaka's "Butterfly Dreams" is the story of a young woman who returns to her mother after five years of being a child soldier.
  • Valerie Mason-John tells the affecting story of a woman in Sierra Leone who lost many of her children and watched her country be torn apart by war and the search for blood diamonds.

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