On April 24, 2019, Aishah Shahidah Simmons was one of six Black women activists honored with the Activist Impact Award at the 2019 Breakthrough Inspiration Awards gala hosted by Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, based in the U.S. and India, working to combat gender-based violence.
People.com freelance writer Char Adams interviewed the long term and emerging activists about being recognized for their work to end violence against women and girls in marginalized communities.
The other awardees were Kenyette Tisha Barnes, Co-Founder of #MuteRKelly, Kalima Johnson, Founding Executive Director of the SASHA Center, Oronike Odeleye, Co-Founder of #MuteRKelly, Luz Marquez Benbow, Founder of #IAmNegrx (Black Latinidad: Building on Siblinghood to end Child Sexual Abuse), and Aleesha Barlow, Founder, Tell Somebody.
“To recognize us collectively was just very powerful for me and important because we do this work collectively,” said (Aishah Shahidah) Simmons, who directed and produced the award-winning NO! The Rape Documentary and recently launched #LoveWITHAccountability, a project focused on addressing child sex abuse.
“We’re in this moment because of a momentum of work by so many,” she added. “It’s powerful to be honored.”