#ShesGotVERVE - Why We Love Adwoa Aboah
Adwoa if you’re reading this (that would be amazing) I want to thank you for responding so kindly and promptly to my daughters’ IG message. You give a fuck. That’s a beautiful thing.
Model and Feminist activist Adwoa Aboah
In 2014 after several attempts at rehab for treatment of her addiction and depression Aboah tried to kill herself. She was 22 years old.
A stiff upper lipped Brit Aboah was raised and educated in an environment where discussions about emotions let alone mental health had no place and those brave enough to bring it up were subjects of ridicule.
Although her first visits to rehab were unsuccessful they weren’t without some profound learning experiences. Including the revelation that talking with other women about the universal experience of being born female is one of the most effective types of therapy.
In 2015 Aboah started an instagram account as a forum for women and girls to share thoughts and stories. Today GURLSTALK IG now has over 95.6K followers.
Since then her vision has expanded beyond Instagram. The website GURLSTALK is a platform Aboah created to embolden girls to share their stories about eating disorders, sex, mental health, addiction and “just whatever we want”.
On July 1st 2017 GURLS TALK held its first ever day-long festival. The event was free thanks to a partnership with Coach and help from Dazed. The day was free and open to the public with Aboah kicking it off in an inspiring talk that set the tone for what was a day full of workshops, pop-ups, and discussions. With over 700 women attendees the event was by all accounts a huge success and Aboah hopes to make it an annual event.
Article by Anna Quick-Palmer