Before Mwasi’s time, in the late 1970s, the Coordination des femmes noires (Black Women’s Coordination), gathering African and Caribbean women, bore struggles against both racism and sexism in France.
In the 1980’s an organisation called MODEFEN (movement for the rights of Black Women) carried the same struggles.
 For more information, see (French-language) article La diversité des mouvements de « femmes dans l’immigration » (The diversity of “women in migration ” movements”) by Nadia Châabane
What do we do?
On November 22nd 2014, we marched against sexual violence in RDC Congo
March 8th 2015, we marched at the alternative inclusive march for women’s rights in Paris, Belleville.
May 1st 2015 we marched for worker’s rights in Paris
June 29th 2015, we participated to a round Table “Feminisms and postcolonial criticism” at CNRS in Paris.
Sign making session before a demonstration
More events here (in French)
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We as Black organizations and Black individuals in France wanted to show our support to all the people and organizations fighting against racism, as well as sending this clear message to Dutch, French and European white supremacy:
Your traditions are racist, and we Black people living in France and throughout Europe will fight against your racism whenever we can.
We love our skin and our bodies
and we will not let you use them as fancy dress.
OUR CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME
On November 14th 2015 we launched an online campaign to show off our beautiful Black skin all over social media using the hashtags:
To the Zwarte Piets of tomorrow: being black or brown is not a joke or a costume. If you want blackface, wear it long enough to take the racist discriminations that are projected onto our black and brown skins.
WE WILL FORCE YOU TO END THIS DISGUSTING TRADITION
Our collective is entirely self-funded and ran by volunteers. We organise and participate to demonstrations as well as conferences, festivals and other events where we can reach out to our community and show solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the African diaspora. We use social media to denounce Racism in France and throughout the world and connect with collectives from other countries.
Mwasi collective is part of the global Black Lives Matter movement and co-organised several marches against police brutality in France.
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