Interview with Francoise Moudouthe for African Women’s Day

28th July 2020

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Francoise K. Moudouthe is a pan-African feminist with a fierce commitment to women’s rights and social justice. She played an instrumental role in incubating Girls Not Brides (now the leading civil society partnership to end child marriage) globally and in Africa. She now works as an international consultant on advocacy, strategy development and movement-building for women’s rights. She is a member of the Board of the Malala Fund, and serves as a Strategic Advisor to WATHI (a think tank that empowers West African citizens to play a transformative role in their countries’ policies) and Population Works Africa (a collective of consultants working to decolonize international development). Françoise is a daughter of Cameroon, a French national and, currently, a resident of Morocco. She is currently working to manage Batonga’s Nos Voix Comptent Campaign.

To celebrate African Women’s Day, we set up an interview with Francoise! Read what she has to say about being a pan-African feminist below:

What are some key ways in which Eyala tackles issues of feminism within the continent?
Eyala paints a nuanced picture of what it means to be an African feminist today, by having authentic and vulnerable conversations with African womxn a chance to talk about their experiences of living a feminist life – not just their expertise. We talk about what feminism means to us, how we embody it every day, and also what we’ve learned from those times when we didn’t quite manage to do the feminist thing. We’ve all been there, right?

How has your experience been as a African feminist navigating the gender equality landscape in Africa?
I’m not going to lie: I started working on womxn’s rights because my boss said so. I’d long been outraged by the many ways in which our dignity is violated, but within a few weeks of learning why that was, I was hooked: I knew I would fight this fight until my last breath. My experience is hard to summarize in just a few words, but I think what matters most is the understanding that the battle for gender equality cannot be left to a few people working in NGOs. We all have to do our part.

What is your feminist life motto?
This is Eyala’s signature question, so I’m more than happy to share my answer for once. My feminist life motto is from Black Feminist icon Audre Lorde: ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’

Discover more about Francoise and her online platform Eyala here