I Dare to Say by Hilda Twongyeirwe
African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival

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Featuring the real-life experiences of contemporary African women who tell of atrocities, pain, motherhood, marriage, love, and courage in their daily life, this gripping collection brings greater awareness to a continuing struggle. Denied a voice by their own culture for centuries, these women speak out for the first time, sharing poignant tales of abuse and womanhood robbed, revealing their methods of survival, and divulging their dreams for themselves and their children. A girl describes hiding under a blanket from the Lord’s Resistance Army in search of child brides; a woman speaks of her family abuse and rejection followed by the deaths of her child and partner only to learn later that the father of her child was already married with eight children and had AIDS. Dramatic, sometimes heartbreaking, often inspiring, this is the first book to truly show what it means to be a 21st-century African woman.

About Hilda Twongyeirwe

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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.
Published February 1, 2012 by Chicago Review Press. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The women telling these life stories range in age from 13 to 70, and all of them have been scarred by the injustices inherent in societies that enforce women’s inequality.

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Those who shared their experiences with FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writers’ Association, include former prisoners of war, women in polygamous marriages, child brides, those suffering from HIV/AIDS, small business owners, and in one of the book’s most moving sections, those enduring the humilia...

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Sometimes, a book comes along that reaches out and grabs at your soul.

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Our main strategy has been to bring together women writers from Uganda and across the continent to build a sense of belonging and to inspire women to write and to support one another.

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