Writers’ residency in Uganda offers women forum to articulate issues they face

What you need to know:

  • The most important objective of the Regional Residency for African Women Writers is to find new literary voices through which the stories of Africa can break out into the international arena and to celebrate the women who have walked and left a mark on the African literature scene.
  • The residency is a good reminder of the struggles of women to rise above the “rat race” and find time to articulate the issues that affect them, across geographical boundaries and cultures, above economic and social status and across generations.
  • It has been and will continue to be one of the best ways that women can and should break the silence on physical and emotional abuse, loneliness, subjugation in society and the workplace, female genital mutilation, race and gender relations and all forms of discrimination.
  • A very important aspect of the residency was a visit to a Ugandan school, where writers were expected to encourage children to write and tell their own stories.

FEMRITE-Uganda Women Writers Association is holding the seventh Regional Residency for African Women Writers in Kampala (February 12-22, 2018). The residency provides an opportunity for women to take time out from their professional, family and social life and write.

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