MISSION & HISTORY.
HERSANA. (formerly known as The ASKFirst Campaign) was founded in 2016 by survivor, black feminist and activist, Christabel Yeboah, to raise awareness around rape culture and advocate for survivors of sexual violence. The project reached out thousands of people in England, Germany and Ghana.
Four years later - our journey has been a reel adorned with memories, realities and endless opportunities; the reality of that is there are many Black women and girls who will not have the opportunity or the chance to access safe spaces designed by them, for them and with them in mind. Here at HERSANA. we want to bridge the gap and be a catalyst for change.
With that in mind, we would like to re-introduce ourselves:
HERSANA. is a not-for-profit organisation working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. We aim to tackle the myths, misunderstandings and problematic perspectives on gender-based violence, sexual consent and feminism. We want to create a healthy and positive understanding of sex. We want to empower (young) people to better understand their own boundaries and to respect those of others. And we want to educate our society on consent and healthy relationships in all, and every, form. Whilst creating room for education, we aim to provide holistic support to Black women and girls who have experienced any form of gender-based violence, at any stage of their lives, by providing counselling, advocacy, emotional and practical support.
It was hard for us to even construct our 'About Us' page until we realised that HERSANA. is about HER. Black women have been the voice of the ages; even during times when others have deemed our sound elusive. While rape culture and misogyny pervade our society and impact all survivors of violence, Black woman are more likely to experience gendered violence at higher rates than women of White or Asian ethnicity (Crime Survey for England and Wales). Another issue is the major lack of culturally specific specialist services for and with Black women in mind. There are very few spaces where Black women can come together and focus on the specific needs of other Black women and girls who have experienced violence. This space has been created in response to oppression. Black spaces are vital for Black survival, resistance and healing.
We matter! We are always a priority and our feelings are valid!
At heart, we are a network of unapologetic Black feminists creating safe spaces for Black women and with Black women in mind. Our mission is to centre Black women in every narrative. We believe that there will come a day where no one ever has to feel violated again. We thank you for your support and ongoing fight for justice in today's world.
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