The UgBloc #HerTale Challenge is an 8 day blogging experience that calls upon women to share their experience being a woman – their story in overcoming the daily challenges they face because they are a woman. A good number of women around us face challenges unique to their sex however many are going against the stereotypes, challenging norms, writing a new tale of what it means to be a woman. The challenge is also open to men who would like to share stories of women they know (with permission of course).
The recent article “I Never Thought I Would Be The Battered Spouse” by Denise Kavuma underlined the fact that a big number of us might be living in a bubble. We live in an age where we assume that women have never had it better. In her article, one of the main assumptions she raised was “Oh please, men don’t beat up women anymore. They’re lying; it just doesn’t happen in this day and age.” Yet a big number of women endure domestic violence. In her own way, this very article is a statement against the challenges women face. She is telling her tale by refusing to sit down. She is looking for solutions to the issues affecting her and the people she comes into touch with at her work place everyday.
These eight days of March we call upon you, to tell a tale. It can be your tale, or another woman’s tale, but it will be about you sharing the experiences, the challenges, the triumphs you have found living in a society that might not be easy for women to live in.
This is how you can share your #HerTale experience. Post on your blog and share with the hashtag #HerTale. Tag us in your posts. For those without blogs, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall publish on our own platform.
Ultimately, telling these stories is meant to celebrate the women in our lives, to celebrate ourselves – the women, to understand that there are challenges and triumphs and this is what defines us. Womanhood is a beautiful thing. It can be a dark thing. It can be a lonely thing. It can be an exciting thing. However with out stories, we can hear more about what’s happening out there, so that we can break out of our bubbles, and so that we can empathise, find solutions and also celebrate the triumphs.