I Dare to Say

I Dare to Say
I Dare to Say

I Dare to Say

African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival
Edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

ISBN 9781569768426

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Feb 2012)
Lawrence Hill Books


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African women share stories and views on issues that affect their daily lives
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.


“The collectors of these stories and the women themselves must be commended for their courage to live through horrific savagery and somehow survive. I would encourage every woman to have . . . this book: whatever they encounter, they will survive. I will not only survive, I will thrive, have compassion, humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou

"a heartfelt, inspiring book."—Publishers Weekly

"This collection will  move readers to action." —Booklist Online

Author Biography

Hilda Twongyeirwe is an author, a poet, and an editor whose work has been featured in Beyond the Dance, Farming Ashes, Never Too Late, Tears of Hope, and A Woman’s Voice. She received a 2008 Certificate of Recognition from the National Book Trust of Uganda for her book Fina the Dancer. She is the coordinator of FEMRITE, Uganda Women Writers' Association. She lives in Kampala, Uganda.