Tessa Lewin

Tessa Lewin is a creative practitioner and researcher with Southern African roots. She currently works as a research fellow in the Participation, Inclusion and Social Change Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, at the University of Sussex. She co-directs the child rights project—Rejuvenate, co-convenes the MA in Gender and Development, and works on the gender justice project—Countering Backlash. Tessa writes on feminism, gender, sexuality, children, participatory methodologies. She has facilitated numerous photography, film and digital storytelling projects, in many different places. She likes making complicated ideas accessible, often using drawings.


The non-binary artist Dean Hutton created their anti-racist work in the wake of student protests at post-apartheid universities.


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However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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