Mojo Mustapha - Founder of EcoFeminist Entrepreneur
Feminism for me is the biggest issue in the world. Women are the largest "minority" of human beings who are treated badly all over the planet.
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 even be a strong feminist without having to sacrifice his manhood!
As an ex-Muslim, 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 6 years as a child and teen.
With his extended family in Trinidad, Mojo became reacquainted with the religion of his birth, Islam. He studied for a short time to be a Quranic scholar or Hafiz at his local mosque.
Upon returning to England, he noticed increasingly the ways that Islam discriminates against women both in scripture and in practice. In protest to the way women are treated in the Muslim world, 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!
The various cultural interpretations of the word 'feminism' has been a lifelong fascination for him. During his travels, he began to notice that women were unequal everywhere but that inequality and 'feminism' manifested itself in different ways.
As a male, he had the freedom to travel almost anywhere he wanted and at any time. However, he quickly noticed that women around the world did not share those rights.
Living and traveling in 36 countries also allowed him to see the connections between the plight of women and the plunder of the planet.
As a 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 to traditional feminism, he wanted a more empowered feminism that addresses the central issue of gender inequality. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most powerful forms of empowerment. And that's how the concept of EcoFeminist Entrepreneur was born!
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!