African Feminism – Telling Stories of Womanhood

Helina Yigletu, Ethiopia

In an effort to diversify the reach and inclusivity of the African Feminism online platform, Helina together with her host organization, developed and conducted a creative writing workshop in Dar es Salaam for potential contributors focused on the importance of articulating the lived experiences of womanhood and feminism, introducing digital storytelling tools, and discussing the ethics of documentation and representation.

The one-day Women’s Storytelling Workshop was attended by a diverse group of women from different local organisations and students from the University of Dar es Salaam. In order to provide communities and organizations across the continent with resources on how to replicate such a workshop, Helina developed a women centered “Telling HERstories Toolkit” and she also collected a series of interviews and contributions to be published on the African Feminism online platform.

Helina was hosted by Culture and Development in East Africa ( CDEA), Tanzania

CDEA is a creative think tank aimed at mobilizing and supporting civil society in East Africa to participate in evidence-based policy advocacy to place culture at the center of human development. CDEA facilitates multi-stakeholders to use culture as a resource to promote creativity and innovation. Their programming is focused on research, incubation, and acceleration of the creative industries, support of creative writers through the Writers’ Lounge, and implementation of projects around peace and social cohesion.