Grant Review Committee

 

The Black Feminist Grant Review Committee is the Black Feminist Fund’s participatory grantmaking decision-making body.

 

The Black Feminist Grant Review Committee makes decisions about who receives funding. The Black Feminist Grant Review Committee also supports the Black Feminist Fund to continue to improve our grantmaking and to strengthen the participatory nature of our grantmaking.

 

Members of the Committee serve up to 2 years and receive an annual stipend to cover the costs related to their participation.

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Agness Chindimba

Agness Chindimba is Deaf and has over 15 years of experience working with deaf children and young women with disabilities. Agness is actively involved in advocating for equitable rights, access, and opportunities for women and girls with disabilities. Among her many achievements, Agness was coordinating the team that translated the national constitution into Sign Language in 2018. Agness is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2016), on the Board of various nonprofits working on disability rights and access in Zimbabwe, and is a nominee of the AMH100 Great Zimbabweans in Civic Leadership. Agness holds a BA with Honors in English and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe, and Masters in Educational Management, Leadership and Development from Africa University.  She is currently studying for Doctorate in Social Policy at Atlantic International University. She is passionate about social justice.

Johannah-Rae Reyes

Johannah-Rae Reyes is a project coordinator, educator and social development specialist focused on sign language communication in the civil society sector. She has professional experience in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago conducting research and organising community empowerment projects for socially excluded communities. Reyes holds a BSc. Geography from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and has published several critical essays on Caribbean social history in national, regional, and international outlets. Johannah is serving as Projects and Outreach Coordinator at CAISO: sex and gender justice. Her pride and joy is CAISO’s Sign Together project.

Mikaelah Drullard

Mikaelah Drullard, black travesti,  Afro-Caribbean and borderlander, inhabitant of the third world. Migrant and fugitive from the anti-Haitian and occupationist Dominican State and the sex-gender system. Writer, performance-artist, anti-racist thinker, Marika journalist, facilitator of organizational processes, voguera and popular educator. Black and daughter of an Afromestiza woman named “Juanita” an alpha female and a black man from Samaná. She is part of the collective AFROntera Cimarrona and founder of House of Naomi Campbells. Creator of the anti-racist podcast Café Marika y Pájaro Negro. She studied a degree in International Relations and writes for various magazines and media. She contributed to the book of poetry “Aquelarre de Negras un poemario de Negritudes insumisas”, the anthology ¡Pájaros, lesbianas y queers, a volar” by Dominican Writers and in the Fanzine “siete mil ríos nos comunican” by FRESTAS Trienal de Artes 2021.  And she is the author of the book “El Feminismo ya fue” , a text that translates into a critique of the white feminism. She has been working for 10 years in social organizations in Mexico, in the design and formulation of projects and on issues of freedom of expression and human rights defenders.

Leila Yahaya

Leila Yahaya (they/them/theirs) is a Black, Queer, Muslim, feminist, and a human rights activist who lives their life as a political statement and as a way to create more opportunities for LBQTI persons to claim their spaces, own and speak up against all sort of abuses and violations. Leila is an activist in the women’s, LGBTIQ+ rights field and administration whose work has positively impacted the field of gender, sexual & reproductive health, consent, LGBT+ rights, and environmental activism work through art and feminism. They are currently the co-founder and director of One Love Sisters Ghana and doubles up as the project lead as well as a consent facilitator for Ghana House. In kicking against gender-based violence, Leila adopted an intervention that focuses on promoting relationships based on respect and equality through education.  They believe in identifying and removing gender inequalities which is denying LGBTQ+ persons fair access to their fundamental rights, employment opportunities, advancement and academic achievement.

Wendyam Micheline Kabore

Wendyam Micheline Kabore is a human rights activist, pan-Africanist and feminist. As a Manager/Computer scientist, she holds a certificate in gender and development studies obtained in 2019, but also a Masters in Computer Science and a license in management of NGOs and associations among others. Committed to an egalitarian world that respects the rights of girls and women,  she carries the destiny of the Pananetugri Initiative for Women’s Welfare (IPBF), a Burundian NGO (IPBF), a Burkinabe NGO committed to the promotion of girls’ and women’s rights. Wendyam Micheline is convinced that the development and well-being of girls and women and women’s well being is through their empowerment and committed leadership. She is passionate about gender relations in sub-Saharan Africa and their impact on the lives of millions of girls and women.

Po Kimani

Pronouns: They/Them (Gender Neutral) Po is queer, survivor-centered, trauma-informed and an intersectional healing and environmental justice activist. Po navigates their life with spaciousness and generosity for nuance, critique and praise; Unearthing tools and pathways for the liberation of Black people everywhere.

Bianca Santana

Bianca Santana is a journalist. She has a Master’s degree in education and a Doctorate in information science from USP, with a thesis on memory and writing by Black women. Author of “Continuo preta: a vida de Sueli Carneiro” (Companhia das Letras, 2021) and “Quando me descobri negra” (SESI-SP, 2015).  Member of SOF – Sempreviva Organização Feminista, she is a board member of organizations such as the Marielle Franco Institute. Through Casa Sueli Carneiro, she collaborates with the Black Coalition for Rights.

Naki Cristancho Segura

Naki Cristancho Segura (they/them) is an activist and black healer of the anti-racist queer movement in Colombia. Educator from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional with a specialization in Afro-Latin American and Caribbean studies from CLACSO. Co-founder of Posá Suto, a space created for black people who transgress gender and sex binaries, where they can heal through art, black spirituality and collectivity. Naki believes that art, learning to love ourselves freely, Ubuntu and spiritual empowerment are very powerful and afro-futuristic platforms that will help to positively transform our realities to be the ancestors and trans-cestors of tomorrow that we want to be.

Raphaella Servius-Harmois

Raphaella Servius-Harmois (Ella/Ela/She) is an Afro-Guianese woman, originally Arowaka from the geographical lands of Guiana in the Amazon. She is a translator, freelance researcher in language systems of the African diaspora, and language teacher at INTERRMUN’Ã Centro de Línguas e Tradições da Amazônia, which she founded in 2007. She conceptualized the “FANMNÈG FÓ” [Re-empowered Black Woman] workshop as a decolonial process of self-affirmation and self-esteem for Afro-descendant women of the Amazon. She participates in seminars, regional and international symposiums in which she contributes to the valorization of ancestral oral traditions. Committed to the recognition and respect of the realities and self-affirmed identities of women of African descent in her region, she is a member of CICA, the International Commission of Afro-descendant Colloquia.

Zanele Sibanda

Zanele has spent her career working with marginalized communities to support social justice. Her strong belief in the power of movements and social change grew out of her family’s commitment to the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe. She gained greater insight into the theory of social change as a member of a research team at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Zanele then spent six years working on racial justice with communities on the South Side of Chicago as a Director of Policy and Programs. On her return to Zimbabwe, she led the Rural Craft Cottage industries focused on building up the personal, social, economic, and political empowerment of women. She later joined Firelight Foundation, where she led a 10-member team to identify, partner and learn with grassroots organizations while managing grants of more than $15 million to over 200 grassroots organizations. She currently serves as the Director of Fenomenal Funds, a feminist funder collaborative working to strengthen the ecosystem of funds that resource feminist movements across the globe.

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