Women’s Writing Project

Every year since, 2005, POWA has brought women together to write stories, poems and essays, collected in the Breaking the Silence anthologies. For some, it is an opportunity to tell their story for the first time, and important part of the healing process. Some have achieved their life-long dream of becoming published writers through the project, while others have been identified from the project to perform their poems in international conferences.

Voices from the field

Too short but wow!
It’s our first together like this
But it felt like we’ve been like this before.
We’re so attached to each other
Wow it’s amazing what a connection?
It’s been a short time but greate.

We laughed together
We cried together
We share all emotions together
Wow! What a sense of togetherness?
Sense of belonging

Too short but wow!
It’s been too short but crazy rocking
Wow guyz its been great
I wish we could be like this again
But for some time course
This time around was too short but wow!

– written to POWA by Nhlanhla Ncwane after a three days writing workshop in Durban

More than being an opportunity to write, POWA works with the women to develop and draft their stories. It is space for women to reflect on themselves, something that is a area opportunity for them.

What we’ve accomplished

During the past 6 years, 180 women writers have been published in the Breaking the Silence series anthologies.

  • Love and Revolution, 2010, 20 women published
  • Stories from the Other(ed) Women, 2009, 26 women published
  • Journeys to Recovery, 2008, 23 women published
  • Murmurs of the Girl in me, 2007, 20 women published
  • Positive Survivors, 2006, 20 women published
  • Dreaming of living 2005, 16 women published
  • Training and DevelopmentSector Strengthening project
    The work of the Training department has been focused on strengthening the women’s rights sector with a particular focus in areas where women lack access to services. The has seen emerging community based organisations strengthening internal organisational management systems and processes. Through this process some of the organisations developed organisational policies and have managed to attract donor funding. This translated to increased confidence from volunteers and staff and subsequently resulted to effective services for beneficiaries.