Who belongs to Europe? The question is ancient, but the answer keeps changing.
Join Yasmine Ouirhrane, appointed expert by the European Union and the African Union, in this series of conversations with young women representing the diversity of Europe. She will travel and meet women who are breaking stereotypes, navigating multiple identities, and challenging the conventional wisdom of what it means to belong.
#22 In Portugal with Nuna: Navigating Neurodiversity as an Activist
For the #22 episode of We Belong, we met Nuna, from Portugal! As an intersectional activist, Nuna unpacks what it means to be a Black woman in her society.
She is also a multidisciplinary artist and she defines herself as a revisionist: she challenges traditional narrations on colonialism and she reflects on how history shapes privilege and equality in our societies.
In conversation with Nuna, we discussed her journey as a neurodiverse person, the endless ambition that defines her and how she takes courage to tackle injustice and racism through social media.
#21 In Finland with Kamilla Sultanova: her journey from Uzbekistan to Europe
For the #21 episode of We Belong, we met the resilient and inspiring Kamilla Sultanova. Born in Uzbekistan, raised in Denmark and now living in Finland, Kamilla is an entrepreneur and powerful keynote speaker, running her own culturally responsive consulting company ConnectUz.
Passionate about promoting tolerance in Europe, she hosts online and offline workshops on different topics from diversity and inclusion, to cultural onboarding and event facilitation.
In conversation with Kamilla, we discussed her journey to Europe, the region of her roots and the current growing instability with the Taliban threat in Afghanistan. Finally, we reflected on how to navigate multiple identities and the importance of finding a mentor to help us grow.
#20 In Poland with Dr. Margaret Ohia-Nowak: Being a Black Woman in Poland
For the #20 episode of We Belong, we travel to Poland to meet Dr. Margaret Amaka Ohia-Nowak, a linguist, a human rights activist and a cross-cultural training facilitator.
As a critical discourse analyst, her research focuses on the manifestation of racism against black people in language and discourse.
Committed to contribute to a more inclusive society, she is president of “Word Idea”, a training company for promoting diversity, cross-cultural communication, combating racial discrimination, and the violation of human rights of people of African descent in Poland.
In conversation with Margaret, we discussed the representation of Black Polish people, the importance of understanding gaslighting and recognizing minorities’ lived experiences in countries where they are constantly alienated.
#19 In France with Thérèse Sayarath: Singing for Freedom
For the #19 episode of We Belong, we take you to France to meet the singer, activist and artist Thérèse Sayarath.
Through her songs, Thérèse wants to contribute to the construction of another image of the French "universality", one that includes all the people.
Born in a Parisian suburb from Asian parents, she refuses to be put into a box: she sees herself as a rainbow. The encounter between the sun and the rain. Visible but uncatchable.
In conversation with Thérèse, we remembered her early days, growing up in a multicultural neighborhood, but also the identity crisis she faced when she studied in a business school and finally how she found an harmony and a way to express herself through music.
#18 In the UK with Safaa Charif: Narrating Disability on TikTok
For the #18 episode of We Belong, we take you to the UK to meet the activist Safaa Nait-Charif, a disability activist, content creator and aspiring producer, with a huge passion for storytelling.
Safaa has a keen interest in bringing to life multifaceted stories that challenge the mainstream narratives and stereotypes surrounding disability and Islam.
During the first lockdown, Safaa explored new formats to share her daily life and break some stereotypes related to her multiple identities and her TikToks went viral.
In conversation with Safaa, we discussed the importance of accessibility, how to sparkle educational conversations while using irony and how to better include people with disabilities and narrate their stories with authenticity.
#17 In Germany with Sara Mardini: Coming to Europe as a Syrian Refugee
For the #17 episode of We Belong, we take you to Germany to meet the activist Sara Mardini, a Syrian refugee, but most importantly an humanitarian activist, a swimmer and a human rights defender.
In 2015 she was hailed as a hero along with her sister Yusra after saving 18 people from drowning on the hazardous journey from Turkey to the Greek islands. Back to Greece as a volunteer, she has been accused of people smuggling and she risks facing up to 25 years in prisons for having helped people.
Far from giving up, Sara was listed in the TIME 100 Next List for her humanitarian work and she shared with us some details of their journey, from Syria to Berlin.
Her story reflects the silent struggles that thousands of refugees face and helps us reflect on the future of Europe and its values.
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Guess what?! Once you will hear it you will love it. And I feel definitely a part of a new community somehow. So thank you !!
in these times of covid19 and with the hope of greater solidarity, here is a necessary podcast
Belle initiative de faire connaître le parcours d'Ines Seddiki à l'international avec ce podcast en anglais. Great idea!!!