On sisterhood, solidarity and self-empowerment by Deborah Gabriel

On sisterhood, solidarity and self-empowerment by Deborah Gabriel

Because of sisters who came before us, we are free

To challenge the Eurocentric mentality,

We’re free to express our frustration, we’re free to complain

As empowered women, our resistance will never wain.

From a Black feminist standpoint, we analyse and critique,

Through sisterhood and solidarity, we expose the mystique;

We unpack the mechanics of raced and gendered discrimination, micro-aggression and victimization,

Together we share strategies for survival and success,

Through narratives of our experiences we bear witness.

Our aim is not only to promote solidarity,

But maintain the tradition of activism, so other women can achieve.

So I thank you my dear sisters for your courage, strength and honesty,

Your inspiring words, your wisdom and your loyalty,

They help to keep faith and hope alive so that we can all continue to thrive.

Taken from ‘Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia  All Rights Reserved


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Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Deborah Gabriel is a Senior Academic based in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Her work is largely focused on embedding social justice and equality into teaching, research and professional practice. Her background is in journalism and strategic communication, especially in terms of critiquing inequalities within the media, social activism and counterhegemonic practice. She specialises in social justice pedagogy and critical race pedagogy, teaching from a critical race/gender standpoint. She developed the 3D Pedagogy Framework to decolonise, democratise and diversify the higher education curriculum and is expert in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. She is the Founder and Director of Black British Academics, and leads on strategic, whole institution approaches to advance race equality at the university as Co-Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group.

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