Connect with us

Seeing Butterflies

7 Protests From Around The World Led By Fearless Black Women

Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners take part in a protest procession marking the 500th day since the abduction of girls in Chibok, along a road in Abuja

Black News

7 Protests From Around The World Led By Fearless Black Women

These women in formation will have you reeling with black lady pride.

From Jamaica to South Africa, wherever there’s been racism, patriarchy, or all of the above, there have been women organizing to resist it.

The crucial activism of black women has historically been overshadowed, not only by their male counterparts but white women as well.

Movements like those of the Civil Rights era predominantly focused on the men at the movement’s forefront and an overwhelming majority of women’s rights movements (including today’s) are centered on white feminist narratives.

But, nonetheless, black women have persisted.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve highlighted just a few of the protests and movements that have been orchestrated by black women around the globe.

These women didn’t wait for anyone to advocate on their behalf and are reminders that while our plight may be ignored by mainstream narratives, we’ll never be silent in the face of oppression.

Some of the below images may contain graphic material. 

1. The 1956 Women’s March To Pretoria, South Africa

n the summer of 1956, 20,000 women in South Africa organized to protest the country’s introduction of pass laws for women―which required women of African descent to apply for permits to travel in and out of certain urban areas. While pass laws had already been in place for men, extending them to women meant that unemployed women would be kept away from their families as they weren’t granted access to towns in which they didn’t work.

The Federation of South African Women and the African National Congress Women’s League led a historic march to the Union buildings where they silently awaited the deliverance of their petitions to the Prime Minister’s office.

The day has since been commemorated in South Africa as Women’s Day. Last year, women celebrated the march’s 60th anniversary (shown above).

2. Black Women’s March, Brazil

Days before Brazil’s National Day of Black Consciousness in 2015, over 10,000 black women came together for “Marcha das Mulheres Negras.” Women in Brazil marched in resistance to violence, racism and gender…

Please read original article- 7 Protests From Around The World Led By Fearless Black Women


I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

More in Black News

What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

Flying High

To Top