I Dare to Say
African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival
By Hilda Twongyeirwe (Editor)
(Lawrence Hill Books, Paperback, 9781569768426, 288pp.)
Publication Date: February 2012
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.
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.
"a heartfelt, inspiring book."—Publishers Weekly
"This collection will move readers to action." —Booklist Online