Living Beyond Colorism

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Colorism is a phenomenon that has a direct impact on the perception that many girls have of themselves, a phenomenon that impacts their self-confidence. This episode features the voices and testimonies of 5 black girls and young women, aged 15—23 years old. They talk about the impact that colorism has had on their lives and how they live beyond the barriers and labels that society places on their skin colour.

For those who may not know, Colorism is the prejudice or discrimination based on the shade of an individual’s skin tone, typically favoring lighter skin over darker skin tones. Indeed, a “light-skinned” person will have more advantages and be less subject to discrimination and insults than a person with dark skin, so without further delay, listen to the stories of Kaji, Tofunmi, Lourdenie, Fama, and Ernithe, and learn about the impact that colorism has had on their lives and will have on their futures. “What’s Your Shade?,” is available in both audio and video formats, and features stories in both french and english.

Podcast available: The podcast is the result of a partnership between Girls Action and the Commission des droits de lapersonne et des droits de la jeunesse.

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