We are both a part of Raised by Feminists and as part of the project we are planning to train up other project workers to be facilitators, or story-travellers, as we like to call them. In response to this months Raised by Feminists focus on ‘unheard voices’, we are planning a series of storytelling sessions with groups of women whose voices are rarely heard; we are currently thinking about asylum seekers, refugee or immigrant women and female sex workers.
Our storytelling sessions aim to be an opportunity for participants to tell and be told, sharing their own moments and hear other peoples. Through storytelling and sharing we build connections with others finding reflections of ourselves in people who might initially seem very different.
Throughout history storytelling, both personal and myths/legends have been an important part of community identity. Ting’s and my past work with storytelling has been very inspired by ancient myths and fables. Particularly how such stories can be used to answers questions that all people have - we all know that the hare and the tortoise is about more than just two animals!
For many people, this year has been very difficult; devisions in society have become clearer and life sometimes feels like it’s getting harder. It can be easy to feel like there is nothing we can do to make any sort of positive impact on the world around us. Ting and I, and the rest of the Raised by Feminists group, feel that what we can do is to tell stories and listen to the stories of others. Being listened to is a very important thing and through hearing and learning from others we can build a more compassionate society.