Sometimes, a book comes along that reaches out and grabs at your soul. I Dare To Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival, is one of those books.
Edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe through FEMRITE, The Ugandan Women Writers Association, the book features a series of short memoirs spoken by the woman of Africa. Emotionally, it took more than I expected to get through these unfathomable pieces: each story was more difficult to read than the next.
The content was riveting, but the subject matter was difficult to bear, especially as a woman of African descent. That said, I was also impressed by the honesty and amazed by the resiliency shown by these women.
I felt similarly when reading Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which I have referenced often when referring to this book. Meant only as a compliment, I hope the author takes it as such. What I find to be profound about I Dare to Say, (similarly with the Vagina Monologues) is that behind the despair is hope and faith — important for all of us to hold on to at all moments.