Ep.16: Monica Samuel | Founder & Executive Director, Black Women in Motion | Returning to Peace and Purpose
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This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by the Founder and Executive Director of Black Women in Motion, Monica Samuel. Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of Black women, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary survivors of gender-based violence. Monica is an educator, community builder, social entrepreneur, and DEI consultant whose work over the last 10 years has focused on anti-oppression, equity, mental health, sex positivity, and consent. She is experienced in creating culturally centered spaces for learning, unlearning, and self-expression, giving individuals a soft place to land. Celebrated in Canada as 2019’s Top 100 Black Women to watch, Monica’s dedication and approach to social justice work have created healing, restorative, and economic opportunities for Black youth across the City of Toronto. Black Women in Motion works within an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered framework to create culturally relevant resources, healing spaces, educational, and economic opportunities for survivors.
Listen as the two discuss the programming that Black Women in Motion offers, including its Love Offering Fund to help those experiencing insecurity due to Covid-19, as well as the Black Peer Education Network and Black Youth Employment Assistance Program. Monica also shares how the Black community will always be her priority and the center of her work, the lessons she has learned from the global pandemic, and the consensus that as Black women they should not run themselves ragged in the name of social justice.
To learn more about Monica and Black Women in Motion visit blackwomeninmotion.org
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