In 2015, FEMRITE with the support of AWDF – AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND, organised the 2nd Creative Non-fiction workshop. The workshop took place from 27th July to 5th August at Speke Resort Munyonyo. It was facilitated by award-winning journalist and media trainer from South Africa Sylvia Vollenhoven, and award winning author of Bom Boy, Yewande Omotoso from Nigeria, Barbados and currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants included Amarachi Jessica Orji (Nigeria), Annette Mkandawire (Malawi), Billie Adwoa McTernan (Ghana), Fatou Wurie (Sierra Leone), Jama Jack (The Gambia), Josephine Opar ( Kenya), Merna Thomas Soryal (Egypt) Monica Cheru-Mpambawashe (Zimbabwe) Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi (Nigeria) Aisha Ali Haji, Reham Elgebaly (Egypt), Salma Takky (Morrocco), Sibusiso T Mtshede (Zimbabwe) Simamkele Dlakavu (South Africa) Tamika Kampini (Malawi) Zemdena Abebe Areru (Ethiopia) Ruth Adong, (Uganda) Stellamaris Kembabazi (Uganda) Zeyana Mohamed Abdullah (Kenya) Ny Anjara Nofy Ary Tiavina Andrianarisaina (Madagascar)
Objective of the workshop
This workshop is part of AWDF’s efforts to amplify African women’s voices and is aimed at creating a network that will enable participants to place their articles and stories in a range of local, regional and international media. After the workshop, the participants are expected to use the knowledge acquired to write widely about social justice issues in and beyond their communities.
The specific objective of the workshop was to give African women writers the space, time and enhanced skills to enable them write in compelling ways about a range of social, economic and political issues of concern to African women.
To increase the number of female authoritative voices in public spaces because that is the only way women can change policy.