Storytelling and narratives
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The power of storytelling

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion

I have been thinking about stories lately. The stories we tell, the stories we build for ourselves, and the stories in which we wish we were living.

Gender Across Borders is hosting the “Women and Peace-Building in the Middle East” series this week and I am excited to be the first contributor. You may saunter over there and read my thoughts on storytelling as an instrument of building peace, even if – or especially when – it stirs conflict in hearts. I have focused on one writer, one activist and one photographer whose stories draw attention to the lives of women in the region.

Every story they tell, every word they write and every photograph they take can be matched by a web of other narratives that move us and activate us. Who are the storytellers who inspire you and which narratives do they bring to light?


  1. I left a comment over at Gender Across Borders, and stopped by to leave another here cause I enjoyed it so much. As a former personal historian, I am a firm believer in the value of storytelling. Women telling their stories and bearing witness/deeply listening to each other without judgment . . . well, let’s go change the world, shall we?

  2. Congratulations!

    I’ve recently come to learn about the power of children’s literature.I love that we, as educators, can bring amazing stories and narratives to students and from these stories, develop meaningful questions and dialogues. It’s amazing.

    fyi: Love reading your blog. It always makes me happy! 🙂

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