Mojo Mustapha - Founder of Feminist Entrepreneur
A male feminist? It feels like an oxymoron to describe a man as a feminist! However, a man who genuinely likes women, as friends and as lovers, can be a feminist. A man can be a strong feminist without having to sacrifice his manhood!
As an ex-muslim eco-feminist male who teaches ethical entrepreneurship as a tool for gender equality, Mojo embodies the contradictions that have formed his life!
Mojo was born in England of Indian heritage. His parents were from Trinidad and Tobago and he lived there for a 6 years as a child and teen.
With his extended family in Trinidad, he became reacquainted with the religion of his birth, Islam. He studied for a short time to be a hafiz, at his local mosque.
Upon returning to England, he increasingly became disenchanted with the ways that Islam treats women both in scripture and in practice. In protest, he left the religion at the age of 17.
He joined his father in Canada where he studied Sociology and Women's Studies at York University. Then he started to get an education in the world! Thus far, he has lived in or traveled to 36 countries.
The various cultural interpretations of the word 'feminism' has been a lifelong fascination for him. During his travels, he saw that women were unequal everywhere but that inequality and 'feminism' manifested itself in different ways.
In other words, he enjoyed his male privilege to explore the planet! However, that privilege allowed him to see the connections between the plight of women and the plunder of the planet. The unequal status of women costs the entire world. From overpopulation and war to environmental degradation, which studies have shown, is a largely male induced and supported activity.
As person of Indian heritage, Mojo does have Small Business DNA in his genes! However, he wanted to incorporate feminism into business as a means of social and economic empowerment for women.
Rather than adopting the victim oriented 'safe space' approach of traditional feminism he wanted a more empowered feminism that addresses the central issues of gender inequality. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most powerful forms of empowerment. And that's how the concept of Feminist Entrepreneur was born!
Traditional and modern life has benefits for women but there are also many more constraints on them compared to men. However, gender equality brings benefits for men too!
When women have more power in society there are more peaceful relations between cultures and nations. High levels of female participation in all levels has a positive effect on overpopulation, crime, prosperity, social welfare and the environment. There are already countries like Sweden which has the first 'feminist government'.
Currently Mojo divides his time between Hawaii and Portland. In Hawaii, he is the founder and Community Director of the Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Community.
And in Portland, Oregon he hosts temporary volunteers and guests at his apartment based Eco-Feminist Micro-Community where he is able to further develop the Feminist Entrepreneur projects in a city that is described as one of the most progressive on the planet!