management

Karla Borg

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Administrative & Creative Director
Copenhagen

Sana Kothari

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External Advisor
Dubai, UAE

editors

Maedbh Pierce

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Editor
Berlin, Germany
“Here at artil, my goal has centered around bringing various LGBTQ+ creatives to light. Within SMC, the content we choose to share reflects our values and intentions. artil magazine, as I do in my work, strives to create a safe space for all women and nonbinary individuals. Sharing the phenomenal work of creatives like Jenifer Prince, The Queer Nomads, and Jay Page - to name a few - with our audience and offering them the platform they deserve is not only a joyful act but a necessary one.”

Sesetu Holomisa

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Editor
Durban, South Africa
"Until we accept that all oppressions are intersectional, everything we do will only be a scratch on the surfaces of the manifestations of imperialism. From the climate crisis, feminism and mental health issues to tackling human rights violations around the world, I would like to contribute to discourses on meaningful change through writing."

Mignonne Mascarenhas

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Editor
Dubai, UAE
"I believe in the power of the pen and the impact it has to educate and inform. Today, it is more important than ever to bring about a new normal that’s inclusive, respectful and empowering for everyone. Although the world is connected through social media and the internet, it remains willfully disconnected from issues affecting women, the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups. It is a privilege to be able to voice the truth and we need to speak up louder."

Malavika Suresh

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Editor
Dubai, UAE
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Caitlin Thorn

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Editor
Berlin. Germany
"Women’s rights and sustainability are two topics with surprising overlaps that I’m incredibly interested in. Did you know female farmers are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than their male counterparts? And that most underpaid garment workers are women? Overcoming these issues start with women’s empowerment. Taking small steps every day to educate ourselves is the key, and I’m proud of artil’s part in that."

writers

Ellie Watts

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Writer
Lincoln, UK
"It didn’t take me long after I reverted to realise people don’t listen to Muslim women. Especially those who fail to recognise the importance of intersectionality in their ‘activism’, who see me as ‘oppressed’ by my faith that actually empowers me in indescribable ways. Self-proclaimed feminists can’t seem to comprehend autonomous, opinionated and loud Muslim women. I started writing to reclaim my narrative from such Islamophobic and patriarchal ideology, I won't be silenced. Everyone deserves to have their stories told how they really happen, not how oppressive systems choose to frame them to suit their own agendas."

Nali Shayi

she/her
Writer
Johannesburg, South Africa
"Stephen R. Covey once wrote that 'Conflict is a sign of life' personally writing is a reminder I'm alive, that I have something to contribute but also something to learn. It's about questioning everything, creating something and learning even more.  artil is questioning everything, creating something and learning even more about the world and each other through the art of writing."

Alli Kelly

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Writer
Wisconsin, US
"Feminism is for everyone. We all need to take an active part in deconstructing the way the patriarchy has shaped us as women. Get educated, get out there, and make a difference for yourself and your sisters."

Bushra Mehdi

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Writer
Dubai, UAE
"The path to self-actualization is lonely but it doesn’t have to be. It may take a village to raise a decent human being but only one empowered woman can change that dynamic forever. I am here because I felt the need to conceptualize the world that breathes within my imagination – paying homage to the woman I became in the process; the one I never thought I could be, and artil seems to be a perfect place for that."

Ndonie Ntshiza

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Writer
Johannesburg, South Africa
"Addressing the long-standing issues that continue to plague our society is one step towards dismantling a system that was built to benefit a few. My journey is dedicated to digging deeper than ever before to uproot the moral indifference that divides us. I look forward to contributing to an environment that is all about creating positive social change."

Julia Plott

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Writer
Mexico City, Mexico
"Seeing through modern self-help that distracts with pushing products or lifestyles, and realizing that a great deal of unlearning needs to be done is a big step. It’s important to ask yourself, “Why does this make me uncomfortable?” or “Am I the right person to take up this space?”. There is so much strength in knowing when to simply listen and uplift others, or when to amplify your own experiences."

Mae Goodrich

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Writer
Saint Paul, US
"When thrown around carelessly, as it often is on social media, the concept of self-love is reduced to a cliché. Embracing one’s own physical features, strengths, weaknesses, and other attributes is neither a simple nor a linear process. Recognizing the importance of striving for self-acceptance while acknowledging the difficult aspects of introspection is key to understanding our own inherent worth and that of others."

Noor ul Nisa

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Writer
Bradford, UK
"As a young, Muslim woman, I believe that it is vital for issues and minorities which are never given media attention to be confronted and heard. artil is the greatest platform for me to exercise and express this due to its inclusivity and its unique drive to educate and challenge stigma."

Ravisha Nandlall

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Writer
Johannesburg, South Africa
"Once you educate yourself and start looking deeply into our society, you begin to see how everything around us is plagued by the effects of colonization. Everything from diet culture, fashion, the education system and even our architecture is based on a Euro-centric standard. The only way forward is through educating others and bringing awareness to the nuances of colonization and how it will always affect us."

Tooba Aiyaz

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Writer
Abu Dhabi, UAE
"Words have an impact, it is important to raise our voice against inequalities in our society. That is the reason I have joined artil, to talk about uncomfortable topics, to create awareness, and inspire."

Nadia Mailanchi

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Writer
Malmö, Sweden
“I don’t think we celebrate intelligence and critical thinking as much as we should. If we did, there wouldn’t be so many people who confuse self-love with narcissism! Self-love is not just about accepting and loving ourselves. It should also be about how well we use our intellect and our creativity in making the world a kinder, more forgiving and fun place for everyone.”

Holly Hanau

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Writer
Nice, France
"What makes the human experience so incredible is that we have the power to heal one another. By sharing our stories and embracing our differences we can confront the topics and paradoxes that make life both interesting and challenging. I love learning from and working with a diverse group of women from around the globe — we can embrace the unknown and explore the unfamiliar as we all navigate this world together."

Lamya Shalaby

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Writer
Cairo, Egypt
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Maragatha Vadivu

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Writer
Dubai, UAE
"To bring about lasting change, we need to be unapologetically authentic; being true to ourselves and others. We need to celebrate the journey we take to reach our goals and share our experiences with one another, building bridges and come together in a world where our differences are made more prominent."

Emily Reed

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Writer
Toronto, Canada
“There’s always room for more mental health advocacy. Mental health looks different on everyone, and I feel that if I can write about my experiences, surely someone will be able to relate. Sometimes I struggle with my mental health when I’m doing something I’m supposed to love, like traveling, and although it seems weird at the time, it’s totally okay -- our emotions and feelings will always be valid.”

Sofia Stiletano

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Writer
Buenos Aires, Argentina
"The beauty of writing is that it can silently create a ripple effect. This is why I choose this medium to contribute to defend individual rights; by raising my voice to create awareness about the importance of representation and being kind and considered towards others and oneself. So that all of us can rise cooperatively and find a space in society that makes us happy, especially in this times of dehumanization and disconnection from the organic world."

Erica Markert

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Writer
Munich, Germany
“I love how experiences through film and art expose us to the world in ways that connect us more deeply to ourself and our surroundings. To me, life is a journey of gaining deeper understanding and awareness. That’s why my aim here at artil is to inspire you to be true to yourself and explore the you you feel you most are through themes of pop culture, feminism and self-love.”

Siyam Adams

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Writer
Cape Town, South Africa
"I am a passionate-about-people person, so I strive to inspire growth, understanding, vision and compassion through my writing. I hope to share information and insights that can bring balance and upliftment into our lives, society and the world around us."

S. S. Q.

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Writer
Istanbul, Turkey
“Socrates once said, {Speak, so I may see you}, and I say; {write, so all will see you at your finest, and let them know about you, and your world}. “Socrates once said, {Speak, so I may see you}, and I say; {write, so all will see you at your finest, and let them know about you, and your world}. "Writing, as I see it, is  a powerful tool not only to express self, but to share concerns, feel each one's  problems, and spread awareness. The right word is always at the right time and has a great effect. In a world of great sorrow, injustice and inequality, I believe in my  pen. For that reason, I am a part of this great team of artil.”

Belén Benzaquén

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Writer
Rome, Italy
"“What is essential is invisible to the eyes”- Le Petit Prince. But words, are the way to describe our world. We need it. I need it. Therefore, I enjoy so much writing. There is too much to awaken about our reality. I’m so proud to be part of artil, which takes care of women’s empowerment worldwide. In my words, I wish to provide the high value of awareness has our voices for the social change we need nowadays."

Flora Cistoldi

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Writer
Bali, Indonesia
"I love the idea of writing about stories that echo within all of us, wherever our country, our religion, the color of our passport or our gender. We might all be different, but we all have strong feelings when talking about injustices, lack of freedom, forbidden love, or how to make it in life, even though — let’s be honest — we don’t really understand it sometimes."

Megan Farrimond

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Writer
Chambéry, France
"Working in a team of women around the world makes you understand how interconnected our experiences are, whilst learning that intersectionality connects us as much as it helps us learn from each other’s very different experiences of the world. The absence of intersectionality in our news and politics leads to more division rather than feeling part of a collective. I feel very lucky to be part of such a diverse and international group of women working to support each other."

social media team

Alâ Ebrar Ermaner

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Social Media Assistant
Berlin, Germany
"In a world where we are constantly rushing and trying to become that someone, finding the balance and our authentic selves sometimes seem impossible. I want to focus on how we can embrace our own authentic selves and become ourselves day by day by embracing what’s happening as it is with artil’s perspective."
Alâ Ebrar Ermaner

Aleksandra Wytulany

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Social Media Assistant
Aarhus, Denmark
"I believe that diet is what you watch, listen to and read. So as an empowered woman, I want to empower women by delivering inclusive and feminist content. Because we're strongest when we cheer each other on, especially in an era full of toxic and fake media. The future is female - and I want every human being to believe that."

Fetrin Adha Rizka

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Social Media Assistant
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
"The real beauty is that you find yourself and the rest will adjust. We are surrounded by particular people. Never lose yourself to them. Forgive, learn, and grow. They will adjust you."

Fabiana Vásquez

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Social Media Assistant
Zaragoza, Spain
"There's nothing more empowering than being a woman and it's about time that we raise our voices and speak up about everything we want and deserve as equals."

Sophie Fuller

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Social Media Assistant
Nottingham, England
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