I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival

A young woman at last finds love, only to discover, after the death of her baby and her man, that he was married, had eight children, and died of slim, or AIDS A girl hides under a blanket in her dormitory while the Lord s Resistance Army, in search of child brides, pushes an armed child soldier through the window so they can take their pick of the terrified girls NotA young woman at last finds love, only to discover, after the death of her baby and her man, that he was married, had eight children, and died of slim, or AIDS A girl hides under a blanket in her dormitory while the Lord s Resistance Army, in search of child brides, pushes an armed child soldier through the window so they can take their pick of the terrified girls Not long after her ritual genital mutilation, a girl on her way home from school is beaten by four men, then delivered to an old man who will be her husband, a standard marriage practice In I Dare to Say, African women speak out in their own words, sharing poignant tales of womanhood, revealing how they cope and survive, and confiding their dreams and hopes for themselves and their children They tell not only of atrocities and pain but also of motherhood, marriage, love, and courage, a testament to the bond among women from all cultures Dramatic, sometimes heartbreaking, often inspiring, I Dare to Say vividly brings to life how political instability, ethnic rivalries, and traditional religion shape the daily life as well as the future of rural African girls and women Hilda Twongyeirwe is an author, a poet, an editor, and the recipient of the Certificate of Recognition from the National Book Trust of Uganda for her book Fina the Dancer She is the coordinator of FEMRITE and lives in Kampala, Uganda FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writers Association was founded in 1995 to empower women through writing and sisterhood, giving them a voice in a male dominated culture.
I Dare to Say African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival A young woman at last finds love only to discover after the death of her baby and her man that he was married had eight children and died of slim or AIDS A girl hides under a blanket in her dorm

  • Title: I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival
  • Author: Hilda Twongyeirwe
  • ISBN: 9781569768426
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival”

    1. Let's get one thing straight. This book is not meant to be enjoyed. It is not meant to make the reader feel better. It is skillfully written but the subject matter is not by any means for the faint of heart. The book is written by Hilda Twongyeirwe who being a native of Uganda went out and about her homeland to interview women so they would have a voice and that their stories would be told.I liked the way that the book was written because although the author interviewed the women their stories w [...]

    2. Very thought-provoking book.I often thought about the Proclamation to the World as I was reading the first part of the book. For many of the women, their suffering was a direct result of the breakdown of the family. I wonder how a society can stop valuing family to the point that a man puts more importance on his inheritance than whether his own sister can live, and the leaders of the community agree with that man. There were also so many problems that came about because men and women did not vi [...]

    3. By sending writers out to collect the stories of ordinary women, most from Uganda, Twongyeirwe and Femrite managed to combine rarely heard voices with accessible writing. I expected to find this interesting, but I came away more or less loving it.Some of the best pieces in here were the ones that come across as oral histories -- just the woman telling her story, with little to no commentary from the writer. It may be that these stories are simply the ones that come from the natural storytellers, [...]

    4. Sometimes, a book comes along that reaches out and grabs at your soul. I Dare To Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival, is one of those books.Edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe through FEMRITE, The Ugandan Women Writers Association, the book features a series of short memoirs spoken by the woman of Africa. Emotionally, it took more than I expected to get through these unfathomable pieces: each story was more difficult to read than the next.The content was riveting, but the subject [...]

    5. Absolutely Heartbreaking. Reading the stories of this women was just so heartbreaking. For example while reading the story of this one girl who was lied into thinking that she just going to a party, but turned out that she was forced into getting herself circumcised against her will. So in the future, she won't be able to feel any pleasure when she starts having sex. It's profoundly heartbreaking knowing that females are being taken so much advantage of, all in the name of tradition. Well isn't [...]

    6. This collection of true stories of the lives of African women is brilliant, well-written and a must read. The stories are broken up into four categories: surviving abuse, HIV/AIDS, tales of resisilence (war/rebel tales), torture and trauma of female genital mutilation. These are brutal, honest, hard stories to read from the comforts of our lives here in the U.S. That makes them even more important. The underlying theme is the amazing amount of hope that continues to exist in the lives of these w [...]

    7. Difficult situations to read. Good for the experience but not something I'd have read without it being assigned from class.

    8. Sad (yet still hopeful) stories that were tough to read. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who liked "Half the Sky."

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