how it all started
In March 2014, Aishah Nofal and Amanda Ghahremani of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law launched McGill Law’s first feminist photo campaign. Unlike Law Needs Feminism Because, this campaign used the prompt: “I am a Feminist and I am […]” to challenge the idea of what it means to identify as a feminist.
Professors, law students and alumni were amongst those photographed and quotes included “I am a Muslim woman and I am a feminist” or “I was raised by a single father and I am a feminist”, and even “I went to an all-boys school and I am a feminist". This photo campaign—which caught the eye of the Huffington Post, Grazia Magazine (France), Elle Magazine (France), Ms Blog and Mic (among others)—planted the seeds for the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s second photo campaign two years later: Law Needs Feminism Because.
For this reason, we were so thrilled when Amanda Ghahremani opened our 2017 national forum as a keynote speaker and subsequently hosted a workshop on her lessons learned from the #FREEHOMA campaign: her participation spoke to the growth of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s advocacy efforts and community over the years.
We are incredibly proud of these two McGill Law alumnae and the work they continue to do. Aishah is now an immigration and refugee lawyer at Wazana Law, and Amanda is the Legal Director at the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ).
Believing in gender equality is a value that can live harmoniously with many other aspects of one’s identity and I thought it was important to highlight this dynamic with our campaign. It was about recognising that more than one thing is true for us at the same time.
– Amanda Ghahremani
We want[ed] to reclaim the term, deconstruct the misconceptions attached to the term feminist, and demonstrate that feminism is something that is inclusive and does represent different voices.
- Aishah Nofal