African women do inspirational work every day. That is why we strive to document their art and work, and provide them with the tools and platforms to tell their own stories.
Every year, the AWDF hosts public events to honour the progress in the fight for gender equality. (For example, we've collaborated with Brand Woman Africa and Alliance Française to launch visual art installations, book readings and discussions, music, and more.)
African Women Writers
We support and encourage African women writers to build community, share skills, and amplify each others' voices. That's why the AWDF supports writing masterclasses (led by prominent African writers such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Yewande Omotoso and Mamle Kabu), and collaborates with groups like FEMRITE Uganda to co-organise writing residencies. Find out more about AWDF's first non-fiction writers workshop held in Uganda in 2014 or consider applying for our 2015 workshop.
African Women in Film Forum
Creative audio-visual content can tell radical, evocative stories. The AWDF's "African Women in Film Forum" provides an opportunity for filmmakers and other cultural producers to engage and develop strategic alliances within and across borders. Find out more about the 2nd African Women in Film Forum held in Accra in 2014.
As an example, of our work in this area, in 2014, the AWDF released The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, a documentary on the life and work of Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo. The film portrays her relationship with mentor Efua Sutherland, fellow writers Mariama Ba and Buchi Emecheta, and more.
In the film, Aidoo's writing journey is documented through snippets of her life history. She reads excerpts from a diverse archive, including Dilemma of a Ghost (1965), Our Sister Killjoy (1977) and Changes: A Love Story (1991).