Eunice Yahuma

16/03/1998

"I am very busy. In addition to being a full-time student of Political Sciences, I am also a town councillor in Halle, chairperson of Young CD&V in Halle, communications manager of CD&V Halle, billing student at my mum's medical home, fitness enthusiast and Instagram blogger. Every day, I am committed to themes that are close to my heart, namely feminism, the fight against racism, colonialism, inequality and youth. I am the youngest of five children and have a very close relationship with my family."

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Are you a feminist? Why do you consider yourself a feminist?

I am a real feminist. I think it's important to educate myself and others around inequality and problem solving. I love women, women are strong and beautiful. That's why I want to be able to do my bit to live in a world where women can show and express their full potential on every level and in every layer of society.

Too many people think that feminism is something of women versus men, or anti-men, but nothing could be further from the truth. For me, feminism is about raising awareness of issues that women have to deal with every day, creating a narrative around them and finding solutions. Uplifting women so they can be on the same level as men in this world.

Too many people see feminism as unnecessary and think 'women already have rights, women can vote, work, etc'. As long as these statements are made and people are of this opinion, my work as a feminist is far from over. As a feminist, I want unconscious people to open their eyes.

Who is your big example?

Tracy Tansia, Nozizwe Dube, my big sister Babette and mum.

What are you proud of?

I am proud of the achievements I have already made as a 23-year-old. But most of all I am proud of all the strong, smart, hard-working women who surround and inspire me every day. I am proud of my circle.

What are you afraid of?

That my children will still have to fight the same battles I am fighting today, that there will be no positive change/evolution.

What is your biggest dream?

Getting up every day with a smile on my face to do my dream job. And to be surrounded by the people I love the most.

What is the funniest (and perhaps also the most embarrassing) thing you have ever experienced?

Slipping on a banana peel.

What advice would you give to your 12-year-old self?

Don't give up. I promise you, it will be all worth it in the long run.

What is your life motto?

This quote by Audre Lorde:

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”