Feminist-informed Future Black Female (FBF) is a non-profit organization that works to empower Black girls and women between the ages of 16 and 22 to take charge of their education and career paths as well as their social, political, and civic engagement.
We offer access to strong networks, skills development and advancement, and rights-based advocacy. Since 2019, FBF has successfully initiated and implemented numerous initiatives in collaboration with community partners and other organizations.
WHY WE EXIST
Community-Empowered Black Female Youth
Opportunity • Dignity • Equality • Tenacity • Education
Advocacy • Celebration • Authenticity • Action • Unity
To increase access to opportunities that result in Black female youth across the globe becoming more socially, politically, and economically empowered through strong networks, skills advancement, and rights-based advocacy.
WHAT WE DO
We privilege Black Feminist Thought, which contributed to society's understanding of intersectionality and epistemic privilege. Further, we advance the centering of Black feminists in the understanding of what it is to be a girl or woman by creating and claiming space in the world and as a vital part of the global feminist movement.
FBF believes that for Black female youth, social change comes when we focus on and act to implement culturally relevant and responsive solutions to the fundamental problems and injustices they face.
We do not seek to achieve female empowerment or social justice without the valuable contributions of sisters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers, friends and allies from across different sectors and spaces. We build in unity and harmony. Where we must fight for power or justice, it is in the same spirit of unity and harmony.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Dr. Tapo Chimbganda
In 2019, I founded Future Black Female. The reason? My journey to “Dr Tapo” has been one of struggle and strength. I can recount many stories and situations where navigating a harsh and abrasive system left me bruised as a Black woman in Canada. In most of those situations, I had to find the strength within myself so I could get to where I needed to be.
Future Black Female recognizes that Black women are tenacious and strong, not because it is in our nature, but because we often have no choice. We often have to fight against systems of abuse, misogyny, exclusion, and much more. We craft our own solutions to the problems put upon us, for our children, our partners, and ourselves. Unfortunately, like many who fight battles over and over, by the time we get to that point in our journey where we should be savouring our successes, many of us are exhausted, burnt out, and experiencing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Such daily struggles affect our relationships, our careers, and our capacity for happiness.
As a community and support system, Future Black Female aims to increase and maintain the capacity for happiness in each girl and woman we encounter. We will be there to educate, advocate, motivate and celebrate the journey starting in their adolescent years. We offer this privilege to Black girls and women.
MEET THE TEAM
Our Board of Directors
Evelyn is a CPA who has held various financial management roles in the Canadian Federal Public Service. Evelyn has always had a passion for the issues that affect the outcomes of racialized youth and young adults and as a result, has volunteered, worked with and mentored these populations in various community based organizations as well as in her professional career to improve these outcomes. Future Black Female aligns with this passion as it provides support and services to young black females.
Diyana is a recent graduate of Political Science and International Relations from the University of Calgary. Diyana currently sits as the Co-Chair in the Neighbors Grant of Calgary Foundation where she looks to enhance the experience of Calgarians in Calgary. Her interests in helping immigrant and refugee youth resulted in her working for over 4 years with Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Lastly, Diyana aspires to pursue a law degree and is yet to decide what area she would like to focus on.
From Benin, I now reside in Canada currently working in programme management. I joined FBF because there is an pressing need for safe spaces that promote young Black women’s empowerment. My passions: financial education, music, dance, travel and life!
Ruby is a CPA Auditor from Montreal, Canada. Born of Ghanaian parents, she has always felt passionate about helping and motivating young black girls. She strives to become the person she needed when she was a confused black teenager. Ruby sits on the FBF board within the Stewarship team.
Zintiat is a student at the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University). Zintiat works as a Case Manager with over 4 years in the Social Work field. As a previous international student, there were so many challenges that Zintiat faced and she joined FBF to help support young black females like herself to have access to the support and services that she never had.
Shawna-Kay is a strategic and creative communications professional with almost 15 years of experience in journalism and communications. As a communications professional she operates from a global perspective creating awareness and telling the stories and truths of non-profits, governments and government agencies/departments, and private sector companies. If she wasn’t working in PR, she would probably be in academia or policy development working on gender and development – where a little piece of her heart still lives, fuelling her interest to support FBF.
Licensed as a lawyer in Nigeria, and Ontario, Canada, UnyimeAbasi has over a decade experience in legal and regulatory policy research and analysis as well as in program and policy formulation, management, evaluation and reporting. She has expertise in and a passion for applying feminist and GBA+ lenses to policies and programs.
Temi is a recent Brock University graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Honours in Medical Sciences. As a young black woman, Temi understands that youth have the power to make changes in society. She has used her experiences in life to be an example for young women and develop initiatives within her community. During her time in undergrad, Temi founded the first Physicians for Human Rights Chapter in Canada and served as the President for two years. In addition, she worked with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences to develop the first-ever BIPOC Students Townhall.