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As you may or may not know, we released our first Quarterly E-book, #WhenWomenSpeak, a few days ago, and we have been blown away by the reception we have received so far. The book has been out for about 2 weeks now, and we want to have a conversation around the themes it explores, as well as the idea of women and their voice, both individual and collective.

To this end, we will be having a Twitter chat on Thursday 17th April at 12 – 1 pm GMT (3 – 4 pm Kenyan Time). The hashtag we will use is #WhenWomenSpeak. This chat is open to women across the world.

We will focus on each question for 7 minutes, with the moderator announcing when there is a shift from one question to the next. Please tag your tweets with the question you are answering, e.g Q1. AND the hashtag #WhenWomenSpeak to enable us to interact with you. We will be storifying the chat once it is over for future reference. Spread the word!

Guiding Questions

  1. 1. When did you first find your voice as a woman? What gave you the courage to speak out about the issues affecting you? Is there a specific incident? Please share it with us.
  2. 2. What challenges do you face as a woman when trying to create awareness on the issues that affect you?
  3. 3. How can society (men and women included) do more to ensure that women have a voice, and that this voice is heard?
  4. 4. Men, how do you go about listening without imposing yourselves on women/the feminist movement? Women, how can men do this?
  5. 5. How can we go about getting people (especially men) to care about women and their welfare beyond “What if it was your sister/mother”? Do we only have to care for the women close to us?
  6. 6. In which small ways can each individual contribute towards the empowerment of women as they go about their lives day to day? Please share your suggestions.
  7. 7. Have you read #WhenWomenSpeak? If yes, what did you learn from the book? Share your lessons with us.

Twitter Accounts To Follow

Moderator: @brendawambui

Co-ordinators: @Brainstorm_KE and @Woozie_M

How To Participate

  • If you are new to Twitter, visit to sign up for an account.
  • Explore the guiding questions (above) that will be discussed during the chat.
  • Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #WhenWomenSpeak in your tweets and following @Brainstorm_KE.
  • You can also sign in to our chatroom on TweetChat here to see all the tweets in one place.
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