Wow… what a year. Globally and politically it has been a difficult one for many of us. In 2017 I think a lot of us were reminded that we need to get out and fight for the world we want. It was hard, but beautiful, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of the movement for inclusivity, human rights, and accountability.
Personally, it was a year of growth, learning, adventure, and lots of fun. I spent most of the year living in Ghana and moved back to Toronto in early October. I think the best way to sum up 2017 is with a list of my highlights!
in 2017 I:
- Rode on the back of a motorcycle... many times!
- Participated in the Women's March in Accra
- Made lots of new friends (who I miss so much now that I am back in Canada)
- Learned to make Ghanaian food (Well, I tried!)
- Learned from some of the most brilliant feminists I have ever met at the African Women's Development Fund
- Danced so many nights away at Purple Pub in Accra
- Visited Maranatha Beach Camp (3 times!)
- Traveled to Togo
- Spoke at the International Day Against Homophobia in Accra on behalf of the Humanist Association of Ghana
- Explored Ghana with two friends from Canada and Turkey (the only people who were brave enough to visit me in Ghana - thanks Amanda and Ece!!)
- Visited the North of Ghana and met with some amazing organizations in Tamale
- Attended the Chale Wote Street Art Festival (and marched in their first Women's Procession to demand safety for women in Ghana)
- Spent my last weekend in Ghana on the Volta River with some awesome pals
- Launched my first zine: Vociferous and Valid
- Attended the CEDAW for Change course at Oxford University
- Explored London with my friend Anne
- Moved home to Toronto
- Was selected to be a volunteer on the METRAC Board of Directors
- Began volunteering on the YWCA Toronto Advocacy Committee
- Enjoyed being back with my family and friends in Canada
Click on the photos below for some pics that go along with these highlights!