Ayebatonye Abrakasa, introduces herself on Instagram with a simple epigraph: “Working to decolonise my mind and intersect my feminism.” Although she only speaks for herself with these powerful words, one quick inventory of all she’s achieved serves as evidence she’s seeking to ignite real and lasting change in others. From DJing sets at The Sydney Festival and Vivid, to co-organising the original Sydney Women’s March, to creating and hosting the podcast Don’t @ me about identity in Australia. You name it, she’s done it. “I aim to challenge perceptions and empower minority communities through whatever platforms I have access to. Whilst trying not to speak for said communities,” says Abrakasa. “I’m a big believer in diversity in leadership and diversity of thought and I’m convinced that it’s the only way to effect lasting positive change.” Here, we talk to Abrakasa about her love of music, who she likes to watch thrive on Instagram and why approaching feminism from an intersectional lens is the only way forward.
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