We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity becomes this hard small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability. ”

And then we do a much greater disservice to girls because we raise them to cater to fragile egos of men. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, “You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man.

The groups working with the family of recently murdered trans woman Jennifer Laude reached out to AF3IRM from Manila and asked for our political support, beginning with a statement. Here, Precy Dagooc reads AF3IRM’s Solidarity Message at the Vigil for and Commemoration of slain transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude, November 4, Manila. This is what transnational feminism looks like. #JenniferLaude #TransLivesMatter #Feminism #TransnationalFeminism #AF3IRM

Representing @af3irm at this national gathering in Dallas, Texas. I made some new friends and prob turned off a bunch of folks with our political line. No, we in AF3IRM don’t believe in working with the cops and yes, we believe survivors/women should be the focus of anti-violence work. #unapologetic #transnationalfeminism

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SWAG : wearing the headpiece my sister from Zamboanga, Mindanao picked out for me for tonight’s celebration! Join @af3irm LA at @theparksfinest 1267 w. Temple street in LA at 6:30pm for women’s art & dinner! Call 310-913-0375 for info. #iwd #af3irm #transnationalfeminism

I have A LOT on my mind between work, school, and freelance. But one thing I think about constantly is how I have developed a political and activist life. The womyn of @af3irm have truly help ground how and what I can do to affect change in the world. They have been supportive of me finishing up my thesis, for sure. This work, as you can see, is incredibly intense. I’m going to be busy for the rest of the year…but I wouldn’t have it any other way. #transnationalfeminism #af3irm #justicenotcharity (at On my Mind)

Day 3 and final day of #af3irm coordinator training. Summing up everything we’ve learned from feminist historical materialism to direct action organizing to documenting our work, this has been truly inspiring and a great reminder of how far we’ve come and how much STILL needs to change in our world. #af3irm #transnationalfeminism #getorganized

Join the AF3IRM SF Bay Area chapter this Saturday, 2/22 from 5-7 pm at the historic Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District for a special talk by national chair, Jollene Levid. She will be presenting a report back from her trip to the Philippines. The work is a part of Phase 1 of AF3IRM’s joint sexual violence relief centers project with the National Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) and Balik sa Dagat Bangka Journey. THIS is what #justicenotcharity and #transnationalfeminism look like! Don’t forget to follow and share @af3irm updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Please take a look at the hashtags to see what we’re doing and get involved! (at Transnational Feminism )


Jollene Levid, AF3IRM National Chair, organizer, and activist presenting at the @af3irm #centershift conference on the Strands of Feminism panel #af3irm #womynswork #transnationalfeminism (at University Settlement)

Strands of Feminism panel #af3irm #womynswork #transnationalfeminism

Claudia de la Cruz (educator, community organizer/activist in New York City), founder and general coordinator of Da Urban Butterflies, Sydney Seifert (feminist and teacher), Jollene Levid (AF3IRM National Chair, organizer, and activist), and Sharmin Hossain (womanist, writer, hip hop head, student organizer, and youth trainer) (at University Settlement)

Four Continents panel with Emelyn de la Pena (Assistant Dean of Student Life for Equity Diversity & Inclusion at Harvard), Farah Tanis (Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint), Genesis Aquino (Organizer at TINGO: Grita Fuerte), and Mira Yusef (co-founder and executive director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa) #af3irm #centershift conference #transnationalfeminism (at University Settlement)