Social movements are often under attack before they materialize. This is especially true in the fight for gender equality. The global forces that benefit from gender oppression are staggering and they constantly seek to fracture our movement. Internal unity is an important tool in achieving external results. Each of our contributors in this issue speaks to the power their intersections bring to the movement towards gender equality. Change may start with a chime but happens when we use our differences To Gather Together.
The cover of this issue features a quote by the late Stacey Park Milbern, a disability justice activist who worked tirelessly to center the voices of queer disabled people and disabled people of color. Stacey’s legacy and this quote are key to Chime’s message. Chime is a call to action, a demand that we center our communities’ most marginalized members. Change may start with a chime but happens when we choose To Gather Together.
GENERATION EQUALITY CHIME SPECIAL
The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women in partnership with youth and civil society. The purpose of this zine is to draw attention to the youth journey, the challenges and obstacles faced by the youth leaders on their way to the GEF, emphasizing how the Youth Task Force co-created their leadership, and how they transformed the process into one more accountable, intergenerational and intersectional.
Change is not granted on a carefully laid out timetable. Change happens when marginalized people demand it. Change is not an isolated incident and it happens on our terms. Change may start with a chime but happens when we choose To Gather Together.
We asked our contributors to explain what they do, and most importantly how you can join them. Because they can’t do it alone. Change may start with a Chime but can only truly be achieved when we put aside our hesitation To Gather Together.
ISSUE N.2 SPOTLIGHT JAPAN
The cover of our Japan spotlight features the women of Bluestocking (Seito), Japan’s first feminist literary journal. Bluestocking fostered connections between its readers, and we hope our zine will do the same. The stories in this section are not playful anecdotes—they are calls to action. We hope they inspire you to engage with the fight for global gender equality.
#SAYHERNAME CHIME SPECIAL
This issue of the CHIME Zine is an ode to all Black women — demonstrating that there is no one story that rises above, no family grief that is more important than another’s, and no demand for justice that rings louder than the rest. This equal footing, and the solidarity that comes from it, is the glue that holds the #SayHerName community together. The story of the whole is the story we want to tell. Say. Her. Name.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, Guest Editor
Our dream is to help create a world with complete gender equality. A world where every type of gender expression is treated equally. A lot has to change for that dream to become a reality and this scope of change can be intimidating.
ISSUE N.1 SPOTLIGHT BRAZIL
In Brazil, our unique and deeply rooted history is a point of great pride and of great pain.It is not by chance that our motto has been: “If it hurts my existence, there will be resistance”. In a society in which history represents power and is the subject of dispute, the rise of divergent groups is essential. We no longer accept being invisible. We possess our own histories and they are first-person narratives. There are many stories that deserve to be told, and we have gathered some of them here.
Vitoria Regia Da Silva
These Voices have been gathered together to call for change. This is a tool that can connect us, and is therefore something greater than ourselves. We hope that you will cherish, share and engage with it – together.