ABOUT US

Our history, our team and much more.

SAYASPORA is a not-for-profit media platform for women stemming from the African diaspora.

As an African women-led and bilingual organization founded in 2015 in Montréal, Canada, we strongly believe in the power of representation as tool for social change and inspiration.

Therefore, through our events and online content, we hope to foster a place where African youth living in the diaspora can lead, be inspired, affirm their voice and find community.

Today Sayaspora is a network of more than 20,000 people online, it is a media platform followed on all continents, in several key cities, such as Montreal, Paris and Abidjan.

Today Sayaspora is a network of more than 19,000 people online. It is a predominantly female and young audience (18-34 years old). It is a media platform followed on all continents, in several key cities, such as Montreal, Paris and Bamako.

TEAM

5 women founded Sayaspora : Djamilla Toure, Rydia Sesay, Aurore Iradukunda, Shana Musimbe, and Dorra Bannouri. Together, they laid the foundations for Sayaspora and allowed many young women around the world to freely occupy online and offline spaces to express their truths. Sayaspora began as a blog and then evolved into a movement that transcends established borders and allows many young women to shine through their expertise.

As an organisation created, thought and led by African women living in Canada and working to improve their communities, SAYASPORA’s mission is to promote women’s solidarity across borders. Women changemakers.

our team

BOARD MEMBERS

Making your way Up

The project Making Your Way Up , funded by Canadian Heritage, runs from September 2, 2021 to March 31, 2023, and addresses the barriers to employment and career mobility faced by marginalized and systematically underrepresented young women aged 18-30 in the African diaspora (including communities in the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern and Eastern Africa and the Caribbean).

The project proposes a two-pronged response, offering tools to negotiate entry into key employment sectors while developing an awareness campaign to help employers and the public better understand the various issues arising from systematic racism and how it operates in the workplace.

Making your way Up is

A bilingual online educational platform for
– Women of the African and Caribbean Diaspora
– The general Canadian public
– Canadian employers

Awareness campaigns

Designed and launched for the public to influence dominant discourses and negative stereotypes that prevent a broader understanding of systemic racism in the employment sectors.

A national online educational networking event

Offering workshops and conferences for young women in the African diaspora.

A mentorship program

For 25 young women of the African and Caribbean Diaspora in collaboration with 10 mentors.