"I never got the memo that said that women and men were not equal"
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Last weekend I attended Chimamanda’s “Love and War” talk which was being held at Southbank in Waterloo. Although, I’m a big fan of her work I wasn't really sure about what to expect. The event, however was truly amazing and I left feeling so inspired to continue with the work that I do.
Chimamanda had a lot to say, specifically about culture, womanhood, feminism and the importance of narratives. One of the things that stood out for me about Chimamanda is how unapologetic she is, how unafraid she is to take up space and ensure that her presence is known and felt all around a room. Sometimes, as women its easy for us to be so humble about our desires and abilities that we often downplay them by the way we present ourselves to the world. Chimamanda reminded me that power and being present doesn't always equate to loudness, that you don't need to be the loudest person in the room to get your point across, that you can be quietly powerful. It’s something that many of us are still grappling with, the idea that we deserve and should make every effort to be heard. However, the world needs us to be. We need to step up and be brave enough to challenge narratives that don't sit right with us, to create a world that we want our daughters and sons to grow up in. After writing "Changing the Narrative" I didn't think I'd get to meet her so soon but I'm so blessed that I did.
Love & Light