This is a fundraiser to get Monique into University this academic year 2020/2021. Her friends and family have gotten together to put this together for her. Monique has been met with incredible amounts of adversity from student finance, who are making it impossible for her to get a loan. Monique is a working class, black s*w* and activist who has been active in her community for several years. She has ambitions to pave new movements and make change for the communities she's been actively involved with over the last few years. We want to see Monique thrive in a world where there is little hope for queer black women. Monique is a young black gay woman, and she comes from one of the poorest and diverse boroughs in London - Hounslow, living on a council estate. Her dream is to enter into politics, with the hope to represent people from poor and ethically diverse communities.
It is from her experience working with community and developing new strategies to empower and uplift, that she has decided to embark on her first degree, Politics, Philosophy and History, furthering her desire to engage marginalised communities, sex workers and sexual minorities into the forefront of political conversation.
A little more about Monique; She is a martial artist, writer, facilitator and social activist whose work focuses on redefining notions of power and strength. Holding a black belt in Karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, she combines her knowledge of martial arts with other practices such as poetry and dance, to curate and facilitate community centred workshops that focus on subjects like the link between physical and mental self-defence, self-empowerment and social justice. She is co-founder of Shadow Sistxrs, a self-defence club that centres womxn and the QTIPOC community, and is passionate about making self-defence and martial arts accessible for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
She has been a sex worker since the age of 19, and last year started Sex and Rage, a sex worker led education organisation that resists stigma and shame, seeks to normalise conversations around sexuality and sex work, and empower communities through pleasure-seeking activities. She seeks to be able to make changes within current legislation that has negative impacts on sex workers. As we all know sex workers are ignored and stigmatised around social and political conversations and Monique aims to be the voice at the table.
She has been accepted onto this course at Birckbeck university. However, Student Finance has told her that she will not be able to have her first year of tuition covered. And has been met with incredible amounts of adversity despite her financial position as Covid-19 has seriously impacted her earnings, as it has done many sex workers.
As a community we wanted to show our support to someone who has shared her knowledge and skills with so many, and collectively raise funds to help Monique fund her 1st year in her degree and pursue her research and work further.