Camila Cabello welcomes therapy and calls for ‘reproductive justice’ in powerful speech

Camila Cabello was honored today in DiversityPower of Women event presented by Lifetime for her work with the Movement Voters Fund to launch the Healing Justice project.

Along with fellow honorees Drew Barrymore, Kim Cattrall, Queen Latifah and Amanda Seyfried, Cabello took the white carpet ahead of the event and took the opportunity to talk about the ongoing abortion rights debate – earlier this week it was reported that the Supreme Court had privately voted for overturning Roe v. Wade, overturning a case that had guaranteed basic abortion rights in the US since 1973.

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“It’s terrible,” Cabello said. “Obviously, poor women will be affected the most because women who have the resources, even people like me, will be able to handle anything if the need arises. The thought that one moment can change the course of a woman’s life is tragic. And it’s tragic [that] affected people do not have the right to vote.”

Cabello urged women to “get involved…vote locally so we have state and local legislators to represent us, that’s really important.” Obviously a donation can make a difference. And also being loud and angry because of it.”

Later in the evening, actor and artist Billy Porter, who co-starred with Cabello in Cinderella, took the stage to introduce the 25-year-old. He described Cabello as “bright” and “filled with passion”, noting her diligence and conviction despite being nervous about her first lead role in Cinderella. (Porter played the fairy godmother.) “She takes everything she does very seriously, including breaking the stigma of mental health awareness and activism,” he said. “I am so touched that such a young man is so present. It’s time to honor and accept those who stand behind us, who are ready to change the world.”

Wearing a Maria Lucia Hohan gown, Cabello thanked Porter, recalling: “It’s true; I was shaking in my boots, and he caught me. What a giant soul Billy has. I am very grateful for him.”

She then used her remarks to support the benefits of therapy when it came to her own mental health and shed light on the “great mothers of the world,” she said, reading Alice Walker’s poetry.

Read Cabello’s speech in full below and go get it here. Diversity Cover of Power of Women.

Thanks, Diversityfor bringing us here at a time when women’s rights in America are under greater threat than at any time in the past 50 years. We are gathered here tonight not only to celebrate the strength of women, but to strengthen it for the many battles to come.

Venus, Kim, Queen Latifah, Amanda, Drew: It’s really surreal to be here with you. I knew that I would have the same feeling as now. Listening to these incredible women, I feel uplifted and there is so much hope for the world. And it just seems like if we get out of here, we can change the world. We can’t do it all in one day, but we can do it little by little.

Many of my generation are lucky that you guys are a role model, the epitome of the generous, smart and strong women we want to be.

And when I think of “the power of women,” I think of all of you guys, of course, all the compassion, creativity, and opportunity in this room alone – yes! — but I also think of the women in my family who have inspired me all my life:

My mother, who so many times started her life from scratch. From giving up my architectural education and life in Cuba to moving to Mexico and then moving to the United States and starting from scratch – and again. She always had this unwavering sense of courage, in people and in life. Despite everything she went through, she lived by the rule of generosity. Not just literally sharing food or money when she almost had none of her own, but a bounty of time, energy, and kindness. This quality goes back to generations in my family. My mother always said that my great-grandmother Yeya taught her the same generosity of spirit. … That same compassion and concern for others. I have been so fortunate to have been surrounded by generations of women who taught me so much and went through so much to bring us to where we are today.

When I think about the power of women, I also think about how women care about the world and everyone in it.

I think of the poet Alice Walker, who wrote in one of my favorite poems:

I call on all the Great Mothers of the Earth and every person

who has

Great Mother spirit of respect for life

and protecting the young to rise and lead.

I see the spirit of the Great Mothers—great, cosmic mothers, as Walker aptly put it—in the faces of many of my friends and many of yours.

I see it in everyone who fights for equality, opportunity and justice – and, yes, reproductive justice – on the front lines.

I see it in our history: in the countless women, remembered and forgotten, who fought for their families, their communities and our world.

I was only 13 when Alice Walker wrote Calling All to Grandmas. At that time, I couldn’t imagine that I would be singing on stage in front of people or speaking in front of people, let alone the world.

Then I was very shy to sing in front of people. In my teens and early twenties, I struggled with anxiety that at times felt paralyzing. My mental health has always been at a low level. I don’t know how I would have coped if it wasn’t for my mom. She helped me find a therapist and treatment that changed my life, as well as my manager who is here (hi Roger! [Gold]).

Because of all this, it was difficult for me to communicate and just be a person. I didn’t have room for anything else because my own struggle to just be okay consumed it all. I needed all the tools I could get, and with the resources I had, I was able to not only survive, but thrive now. During my treatment, many of which took place during and after the pandemic, I found that I suddenly had free space. again for creativity, for intimate friendship, for new hobbies, for activism. And those things made me feel more connected, grounded, and more myself than ever.

I realized that I can’t pour from an empty cup – I can’t pursue my career, my family, or my community unless I find a place to heal myself. It was a difficult lesson because we are often expected to be everything, to everyone, always.

This is one of the reasons I started working with the Movement Voters Foundation to create the Healing Justice Project.

Just as women often feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, every day organizers on the front lines — especially women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized identities — are doing their best to make our world a better place. .

It’s often an unrecognized, thankless job that requires long hours, too few resources, and tons of emotional—and often traumatic—experience. The cost of maintaining these organizers is too high. We cannot afford to continue to lose passionate, experienced, effective leaders at the forefront of our nation’s justice movement—and they cannot be made to lose themselves because we are not creating the space, time, or resources for them to thrive.

Through the Healing Justice project, we are giving organizers the opportunity to focus on their own healing as well as addressing the systemic violence and generational oppression felt by many communities. They constantly give their all, but rarely have the support to fill their cup.

My path in mental health has shown me that no matter who you are, no matter how much you love what you do, you can’t continue if you don’t have the resources, time, space, and tools to heal.

I realized the importance of taking care of myself, but more than that, I realized that I need to help others do the same so that the grassroots organizers who carry our world on their shoulders and move us forward have access to resources. which helped change everything for me.

Ultimately, the idea is simple and powerful:

To heal the world, we must be able to heal ourselves together. Conversely, in order to heal ourselves, we must help heal the trauma, oppression, and heartbreak that are always present in our world.

For my mom. To all the women who help me heal – those who help heal the world;

To all the women who supported me, loved me and brought me here;

To all who infuse the same “Great Mother spirit” into the next generation: thank you.

As Alice Walker wrote:

Step up and take on the role

for which you were created:

Lead mankind

to health, happiness and sanity.

Let us all take on this responsibility—for the communities we serve and the future we share. Thanks a lot. What a beautiful event.

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