This is a resource page for travelers and citizens of the world to educate themselves on topics that are of importance to various collectives around the world, whether you are planning a trip or not. All topics supported here are in line with our values.
At Solo Female Travelers we believe that traveling is the best education and that it opens the mind, the soul and the heart to different points of view and paves the way to a more respectful, tolerant and open-minded world.
In this page you will find podcasts, videos, articles and organisations that champion various relevant topics so you can learn more and be a more aware and educated traveler.
Our community has members from more than 100 countries and a diverse range of worries, challenges, backgrounds, beliefs and fears. We hope that this page helps us all be more aware and ready to stand up for the things that matter.
Have a resource you would like to add to the conversation? Send it to us at community [at] solofemaletravelers.club
Black lives matter and racism
Before you continue in this section, we recommend you check your unconscious and implicit bias by taking these tests by Harvard (free!).
Podcasts available on Stitcher:
- Higher learning: Drew Brees, Trump and Obama: Discussing the response to the protests
- Unofficial expert: Black lives matter
- Ratchet & respectable: I am not okay
- Sibling: The one about the State of America
- Code switch: A decade of watching people die
- Higher learning: The importance of the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death
- The secret lives: 24. Believing we can win with Melina Abdullah
- Today explained: What “abolish the police” means
- Factually: Do violent protests work? with Daniel Gillion
- Bowery boys: The silent parade of 1917: black unity in a time of crisis
- Las culturistas: Black lives matter
- What a day: Protesting 1, 2, 3
- Good kids: How to raise anti-racist kids with Dr. Nzinga Harrison
- TED hour: Confronting racism
- Today explained: “I can’t breathe”. Again
- The New York Times: A weekend of pain and protest
- In the bubble: The epidemic of racism
- Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisioning History episode on Miss Buchanan’s period of adjustment
Articles and websites for further reading
- Barrack Obama’s opinion piece on Medium “How to make this moment a turning point of real change”
- Understand your unconscious biases by taking an Implicit Association Test from the University of Harvard. And read this.
- Learn how you can help
- Witnessing whiteness “invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations.”
- So you want to talk about race, to answer questions such as, “How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?”
- White rage, “From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.”
- Why are all the black kids sitting together at the cafeteria? “Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.”
- White fragility: white it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, free in audiobook form
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, “A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America―and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.”
- TED talk: Coming to terms with racism inertia where Rachel Cargle addresses the modern manifestations of the racism the US was built on and calls for more intentional accountability, allyship and antiracist action
- Watch the movie The house I live in or read more about it here.
- For a lighter take, watch the Netflix comedy Dear white people.
- 110 important movies on the black experience
- Black lives matter movement in particular their resources page
- Black visions collective, an organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation so that black lives can thrive
- Showing up for racial justice, a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Check their resources page.
Every year since 1970, the month of June is designated LGBTQ+ Pride Month and dedicated to all those who do not feel their sexual identity falls within the conventional definitions.
Learn what is celebrated during Pride events in this article.
- How to survive a plague
- Queer Eye for a lighter take on LGBTQ
- Paris is Burning
- The death and life of Marsha P. Johnson
- My House
- Let me die a woman
- Word is out: Stories of our lives
- We were here
- The Times of Harvey Milk
- America’s last lesbian bars
- Mala Mala
- The Queen
- Circus of books
Organisations and educational resources
- GLAAD formed in 1985, it “tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change” and acceptance of the LGBT community. Their resource page is extensive.
- Bisexual Resource Center and the American Institute of Bisexuality project bi.org a place to “connect bi people around the world and provide accurate, accessible, scientifically-sound information about (bi)sexuality.”
- Vanderbilt University resources.
- How to be a straight ally on Straight for equality
- New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
- The Safe Zone resources page and courses for effective LGBT awareness
- The Trevor Project training and workshops
- GSA Network of LGBTQ+ youth communities
Gender Equality & Women’s Rights
As a female only community and solo travel empowerment group we champion equality and support female-owned businesses such as women-owned tour companies who in turn support local female entrepreneurs in the countries they visit.
- UNESCO gender-equality resources
- Gender equality resources from UNICEF
- European Union’s Gender Portal
- World Economic Forum gender parity report
- Founded in 1992, Equality now uses the law to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls all over the world.
- UN Women is The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
- Global fund for women
- Womankind worldwide works with local women’s rights organisations around the world to protect and promote women’s rights.
- Women for women international focuses on helping women in conflict zones and countries suffering from war.
- Global fund for women supports women’s groups who fight for women’s rights.
- Time’s Up focuses on improving women’s rights in the workplace for women all over the world by ensuring safe, fair and dignified work.
- Documentaries by Vice
- Documentaries on Netflix about women’s rights
- This changes everything
- Equal means equal
- Miss representation, watch it on Amazon Prime
Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
There are no words to describe the situation in Afghanistan and we all must do what we can to help. Like us, I am sure you have been watching the events unfold with horror. As the Taliban retake control of the country along go all of women’s already precarious rights.
The following is a list of local organizations providing on the ground support, where you can donate to the cause, or learn more about the situation. No matter where you live, there are concrete ways to stand in solidarity and support women’s rights within the Afghan community.
- Support Afghan Women Activists Fleeing Taliban
- Children Without Borders are helping children and girls in Afghanistan engaged in child labour and providing them with a free education.
- Her Afghanistan supports women in Afghanistan by giving them the tools they need to be successful in socio-economic spheres.
- Follow @munazashaheed who is a Journalist at Voice of America and co-Founder of Her Afghanistan
- Learnafghan.org works towards providing Quality Education to every child especially girls in Afghanistan. Building resources for communities especially women and youth empowering them through mentorship, skill-building, and capacity building courses.
Interview with Fatmia H, Afghanistan’s only female tour guide
Watch our live interview with Fatmia H for a local perspective on womens rights in the country. Fatima was celebrated earlier in the year on CNN as a pioneer and role model for women in a country where women have long been kept away from the public eye.
At only 22 years old, she realised that by being the first female tour guide, she was a role model to many other women who would now consider the work of a guide as an acceptable female job. She is a college student and was teaching girls in Afghanistan that they could be anything they wanted, and encouraging them to become guides. She was the first female guide, but did not want to be the last.
Sadly, all that is now gone and instead is a campaign from the Taliban to remove women from all jobs and industries. As an active women’s rights campaigner and public figure, Fatima was evacuated as she was in great danger of being killed.
Click play to watch the interview below.