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the future of feminism 

Ayishat Akanbi, Aya Chebbi and Aretha Brown 

Feminism is evolving - so, where will it go next? Hear from some of the world's most dynamic young activists and thinkers about the what to expect in 2019 and beyond.

Hosted by Maddison Connaughton. 

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“Compassion and empathy is paramount to any social movement; to any form of progress.”

Ayishat Akanbi

what are the fiercest young feminists fighting for?

As a global movement, feminism is continuing to grow and change. Around the world, young women are at the helm of campaigns for racial equality, trans rights and climate justice; equality and intersectionality aren't added extras, but a way of life.

In a time of trauma and trigger warnings, self-care and identity politics, who are the next wave of feminist thinkers and activists? And what should we join them in fighting for? We're bringing together the brightest minds and fiercest voices to consider where the movement is headed next. Don't miss this essential panel as we explore the future of feminism.

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Ayishat Akanbi

Ayishat Akanbi is a fashion stylist, writer, cultural commentator and artist based in London. Ayishat made her entry into the fashion scene in 2010 and has amassed a growing following ever since. With a keen interest in socio-political issues, music and culture and a unique ability to establish a political, psychological and artistic understanding of style, Ayishat regularly lends her voice in the form of public speaking. Her recent video "The Problem With Wokeness" caused a viral sensation. She is a firm believer that personal style is something that is accessible to everyone.

Aya Chebbi 

Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first African Union Youth Envoy  and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM) coaching the next generation to be positive change agents, Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements and Afresist, a youth leadership program and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa. She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Refugee Council and Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct.


Aretha Brown 

Aretha Brown is an Indigenous Artist and Activist, who made headlines following her speeches at both the 2017 and 2018 Invasion Day Protests in Melbourne. In 2017 Aretha was also elected the first female Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. Aretha describes her activism and art, as means of giving herself a context in which to live, Aretha is also inspired by her home in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs and her journey as a queer teenager.

Maddison Connaughton

Maddison Connaughton is the editor of The Saturday Paper, joining the paper in June 2018 as its first female editor. Previously, she was features editor at VICE and a correspondent for VICE News. Her reporting from the Syrian border saw her become a finalist for the 2018 Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year. Her journalism has also appeared in Vox, Monocle, i-D, The Australian and The Age. 

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