UN Women’s Awake Not Sleeping | Collection 2

The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) makes extensive the invitation to participate in its Virtual Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining Fairy Tales for a New Generation writing workshops to be celebrated on the 21st and 22nd of November (2022)

UN Women is offering a Virtual Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining Fairy Tales for a New Generation writing workshop conducted over two days: on the 21st and 22nd of November (2022). You may register for both days using the links below:

Nov 21, 2022: 10AM to 2PM (Istanbul time):

Nov 22, 2022: 12:00 PM to 2:00PM (Istanbul time): https://unwomen.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdumhrDosG9bDfzRiWVy9sg62u59Fg1Hl

Both workshops will be facilitated by UN Women’s editors, writers, and gender equality activists: Donna Jo Napoli, Kalina Maleska and Angela Walsh in English.

For further info, you may contact Angela Walsh angela.walsh@unwomen.org

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to submit a story to the Awake Not Sleeping Collection 2! You may check out Collection 1 here.

At the workshop writers will be invited to reimagine or rewrite a story from their childhood or write a new tale to support children and young people with a safe way to explore the challenging concept of gender inequality and generate new ways of thinking and of having curious conversations to bring gender equality closer to reality.

UN Women are particularly interested in reimagined tales and stories that support young readers to explore:

• war and conflict,
• online violence,
• sexual and gender diversity,
• racism, and
• rewriting the rules for gender equality

About UN Women

UN Women leads action across the world to advance gender equality and to prevent violence against women and girls. Gender equality is a human right that ensures people of all genders are equally valued, experiencing equal treatment and opportunities to realize their full potential and dignity. We believe in the power of stories to spark the imagination and to activate gender equality in our minds, homes, and communities. Fairy tales are a widely loved part of every society’s cultural heritage, yet they are often cruel towards girls and women. If read passively, these harmful tales can model and reinforce gender inequality, casting women as evil stepmothers and witches to be destroyed, or as silent, passive princesses or daughters to be wooed or rescued by handsome princes.

During 2020 and 2021 UN Women worked alongside over 100 feminist writers to look at old tales from across Europe and Central Asia with ‘affectionate scepticism’ resulting in the creation of this new, powerful collection of 28 fairy tales for young readers. Our collection can be viewed https://interactive.unwomen.org/eca/fairytales/en/index.html.

Building on the success of this first collection, UN Women ECA is now seeking writers and activists who live in or are from the following countries: Italy, as well as Armenia, Australia, Luxemburg, Romania Belarus, Turkmenistan, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Andorra, Canada, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, San Marino, Slovakia, Estonia, and Malta.