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100 Women: Delphine Diallo and Abrima Erwiah Share With Us the Power of Collaboration

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American fashion business woman, Delphine Diallo and French-Senagalese artist, Abrima talk the fruits of their collaboration in the fashion and visual arts industries.

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American co-founder and co-creative director of Studio 189, Abrima Erwiah, and French-Senegalese visual artist, photographer and activist, Delphine Diallo, let us in on a passionate talk about their recent business collaboration ventures.

These two women are an inspiring example of what harvests when two hardworking, creative African women come together in the name of women empowerment and love for Africa and the diaspora.


With Studio 189, in conjunction with her business partner, Rosario Dawson, Erwiah showcases and sells fashionable items while spreading African pride and female empowerment with every seam and on every runway. Diallo's masterful photography captures the essence of femininity, and shows the many qualities of women; that they can be warriors, mothers, and leaders at the same time. It is no wonder that two are a perfect match.

In their interview, Diallo and Erwiah lightly touch on their business chemistry, and explain what brought about their partnership in the fashion and photography industry. Diallo expresses how the two have a shared interest in telling stories with their products and how many artist fall short on providing real meaning behind what they produce. In the video, the duo ultimately shares that the secret to success and change is not by posting and creating art without substance, but by making art that comes alive and has the ability to change hearts and minds, and resonate with the soul.

We will be looking forward to more work produced by Diallo and Erwiah but in the meantime, view the full interview below. You can find other inspirational African women from our 100 ground-breaking African women list here.



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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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