Women writers – part of IWD celebrations in Accra

I attended most of an International Women’s Day event at the Alliance Francaise on Friday 8 March in the evening:  Women of the world: Talking about a revolution, partly because I received an invitation from one of the authors involved, and also because I always feel happy to support writers who want to promote themselves and their work.

I admit I didn’t stay till the end – but managed to at least 23.00 [pretty late for some of us who get up really early – before 6am – in order to go to work!]. I enjoyed the combination of music (for and about women) and words, and the Alliance Francaise is a great venue for outdoor events in the evenings.

I will say more at a later time, but it is a great tribute to the organizers, the AWDF, the Alliance Francaise, and the writers, to come together for such an event.

NB:  this post is done as part of an activity organized by @BloggingGhana

 

 

 

 

BlogCamp 2012 Ghana: some reactions

I missed most of the morning of BlogCamp 2012 Ghana.  My fault really, as I have been having tyre problems for most of the last week, and should have really done something about it on the 1 May holiday, but I didn’t. So the consequence of procrastination was that I ended up having to spend nearly three hours dealing with it at Abossey Okai rather than being early/on time for the Blog Camp.

So I missed most of the plenary sessions for the first BloggingGhana Blog Camp, which has been talked about for at least as long as I have been a member of this group of bloggers – about two years or so…

So what did I find most interesting/relevant?  I liked the session on Citizen journalism, though I suspect many of those who attended didn’t seem that engaged – despite the facilitator’s attempt to get those present to express themselves.

The session on Women and social media was quite interactive. At first we weren’t sure how many of us would be there, so we rearranged chairs into a small circle, which we enlarged a couple of times as more joined.  Although sometimes shyly, and often very quietly, participants started expressing their fears and concerns about women blogging and what they should/could talk about.  I think we could have gone on for more than the 45 minutes or so we were allocated!  Confidence needs to be built up so that more and more women will decide to talk about issues they are passionate about.

Thanks to Kinna Likimani and Dorothy Gordon for pushing  the agenda!