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Reclaiming Our Self-Care As a Feminist Act (COFEM Blog)

(This piece was first published in the COFEM blog here and was co-authored alongside Priya Dhanani and Sophie Namy. The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM) is an advocacy collective of thought leaders, activists, practitioners and academics working globally to end violence against women and girls)

With the murder of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, the time has never seemed so urgent to re-claim self-care as a feminist act. Being socially and politically aware and active in the midst of racial trauma is more essential than ever — as is ensuring our emotional health. In addition, for many, the lockdowns and curfews associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a strain of another kind: toxic productivity. This time is laying bare the widespread acceptability of neo-liberal ideas around work and productivity, as well as the toxicity of this type of investment.   Within the narrow idea that “the only value we have is that of the labour we are able to pr…

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