Telling Women’s Stories

For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign 2018, WomenSpeak presents “16 Stories” :original works of fiction and poetry dealing with issues of violence, discrimination and injustice against women and girls.

The authors of these stories come from a group of 12 women who participated in The WomenSpeak Project’s “Elements of Storytelling” workshop facilitated by Alake Pilgrim. The workshop which took place on November 17, 2018 was held in partnership with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies.

At the workshop, participants discussed the various ways in which women experience violence and how society’s preconceptions and attitudes towards women from certain socio-economic backgrounds may make them even more vulnerable to violence or hinder them from getting the support they need.

Some of the stories presented in this series were started by participants during the workshop. Through this series we hope to help increase readers’ awareness of the various ways in which violence occurs and the effects this has on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of women and girls.

Click here to get to “16 Stories” series or find links to individual stories below.

The Longest Journey by Ariel French
Your Money by JAnon
Question/Dedication by Alake Pilgrim
Her Anger by Natasha Grimes