HFZF Interview with Zinesters – Luisana Alejandra & Anamaria V. de Caballeros

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Women of Action HFZF

Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I’m really excited about my magazine “Women of Action”. I’m Anamaria V. Caballeros and I only have one and a half years of being in this beautiful country. The idea for this project arose from my participation in a program of Immigrant Women’s Centre named Women of Action. Being honest for me this has been a challenge since I still don’t speak English very well, but the desire to participate and to do positive things motivated me to enter the program, and the organization gave me the opportunity, and I thank them infinitely. This program has been a blessing in my life.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

The magazine was actually my idea, but only as the final project requirement. But the great idea of ​​participating in this event with my magazine was of my instructor, good friend and great human being Laura Gamez, because she motivated me and trusted me, today my magazine is a fact.

What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist DIY publishing?

I think this kind of feminist initiatives is great, now a day women empowerment and we must make use of it through ideas that motivate us and reveal intelligence, strength, the will, the courage that we inside.

Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.

My biggest source of inspiration is my daughter Luisana Alejandra, I want to give my child the best example to follow. I see in her a girl with so much potential, it’s super intelligent and artistic, she and I are complicit duet. We love intellectual challenges. I think if she sees me as a fighter, enterprising woman and a mother she will have sufficient basis to make her way. Luisana has been a very important piece in this magazine, she has helped me a lot, gives me ideas and injected me joy, and I see her face full of happiness, my daughter is my biggest inspiration.

What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?

What excites me about this project is to share and learn about other projects and ideas from other women. Being honest, being part of these groups doing such an important mission to enhance women’s value is priceless.

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Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

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