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About Us

Who are we?

Wedzera is a network initiative created to help sustain long-term awareness and support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and likewise humanitarian efforts, as well as continuously working to create opportunity within the Black community.

Why are we doing this?

After the inhumane killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests to racial injustice worldwide, social media underwent an influx of petitions to sign, books to read, and causes to donate to – all rightfully so. But with these resources being thrown at us all at once… and then inevitably not at all, it became hard to consume this valuable information in a way that’s genuinely productive and not overwhelming.

That’s why we started Wedzera.

Wedzera’s purpose is to perfect the dosage for healthy and sustainable activism. With weekly newsletters, we aim to make educating yourself on racial issues, and continuously being an active participant in change, seamless. We have also created ways for Black voices to contribute to our cause and be a part of our community, in order for them to benefit from the network we help shape.

How does Wedzera work?

The Wedzera newsletter aims to combat racial injustice and keep the momentum going long after the stories have exited the current news cycle, as well as providing the resources to build opportunities in the Black community.

This is how we do just that:

  • Educating people on the kinds of books and free essays they can read, and films they can watch to expand their knowledge of what’s happening in the world concerning racial oppression, by giving them accessible links and resources to read, watch and buy from.
  • Spotlighting Black businesses and organisations to encourage people to support them financially and increase people’s awareness of them.
  • Highlighting petitions for important causes and detailing their purpose in a simplified manner.
  • Building the cognitive bridge between the learning of instances of racial oppression and creating the relevant structural change necessary to amend the injustice being witnessed (i.e. ‘what legislation can I support/challenge to prevent this from happening in the future?’).

How can you get involved?

You can sign up for our weekly newsletter here.

Once a week, we feature a think piece to help amplify Black voices in our community. Check out our blog, where we post the think pieces, here.

If you are Black or Black mixed heritage and you have something you’d like to speak on, get in touch at hello@wedzera.co.uk!

If there are other ways you’d like to inquire about getting involved with Wedzera, contact us at hello@wedzera.co.uk or use our form to get in touch!

Meet the Team

Meet our team! Below, we’ve asked each member of the team why they joined Wedzera and what activism means to them.

Kudzai Matsvai, Founder (with cocktail in tow)

Zimbabwean

Why did you start Wedzera?

To make a difference, no matter how big or small, and to empower my people.

What does activism mean to you?

As a Black, bisexual, female who has spent most of her adult life fighting, activism to me means is to fight – and that can be done using your words, wallet, platforms, or your mind, but you just have to fight. never stop fighting because when we stop, they win.

Priya Shah

British Indian

What does activism mean to you?

Activism to me is power; an authentic and creative, immense freedom. It is to soften stone and to restructure the walls that keep us confined. Direct action, in a world where we have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

Megan Brown

British

What does activism mean to you?

Activism is crucial in the building of a better world for all of our futures and futures to come. To educate, motivate and liberate communities into creating a world we want to live and to leave behind.

Juspreet Virdee

British Indian

Why did you join Wedzera?

I joined Wedzera so I could enable social progress on a structural and systemic level.

What does activism mean to you?

To me, activism is to imagine. It is to imagine a better world and to be relentless in our pursuit of it. An unwavering commitment to act upon our own ideals of a better future; a future defined by us.

Kiran Saggu

Indian/American

Why did you join Wedzera?

I wanted to be an active contributor to sustainable social progress and change.

What does activism mean to you?

Activism to me is unapologetically exercising our deepest and most fundamental form of human connection: empathy. Showing strength and unwavering resilience in the face of injustice, in order to shape the fairer world we have yet to experience.

Rachael Crawford

British

Why did you join Wedzera?

I wanted to help build and sustain long-term change. Educating not only myself but others too.

What does activism mean to you?

Activism is to empathise, to listen, and to challenge. It is using your platform to amplify the voice of the unheard. It is acknowledging the injustice and disrupting the norm. Activism is taking action.

Calum Potts

White British

Why did you join Wedzera?

To use my privilege and education for the greater good and to help others get the same opportunities I did.

What does activism mean to you?

To me, activism is about fighting and campaigning, not just for the issues and obstacles you face personally, but also those that you may never experience.

Tendai Matsvai

Zimbabwean

Why did you join Wedzera?

It’s the change to do more than just share on social media, to have a bigger impact through my actions.

What does activism mean to you?

Activism means seeing situations that don’t sit right with your soul and trying to address them in any way you can.