Objectives

The Symposium “WOMEN’S WORDS: AFRICAN WORLDS: RENEWING A DIALOGUE BETWEEN AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS AND WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT” is hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture in association with the Windybrow Theatre (Pan-African Centre for the Arts).

It will take place on 25 and 26 August, 2010 at the Windybrow Theatre

The objectives of the symposium are as follows:

# To bring together African women writers to engage in a dialogue about African women’s writing;

# To establish a network of African women writers;

# To highlight the challenges of women on the African continent and in the African Diaspora;

# To prepare the community of African writers for the African Decade for Women 2010-2020 as initiated by the African Union;

# To encourage the emergence of a Pan African women’s voice and continent-wide projects to strengthen women’s role in the literary arts;

# To showcase African women writers in performance; and

# To promote African women’s writing to a South African readership and audience.

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