Storytelling Challenge - December

News Release

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2016

Contact: Karen Bannister and Taslim Jaffer

Her Story

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Storytelling Challenge Gives Voice to Women’s Experiences

From December 1 to January 15th, women across Canada are invited to interview another woman-identified individual in their life, and to share the story told in this exchange on their blog or Facebook page. The movement is to create more stories about the lived experiences of Canadian women, and to encourage bonding over the holiday season.

The challenge comes from two storytellers, Karen Bannister and Taslim Jaffer of Her Story, a magazine and podcast launching in 2017 to tell the stories of Canadian women and raise awareness for women’s rights and social concerns.

According to Karen and Taslim, “Sharing and telling stories makes all the difference in the world when we are trying to bridge gaps between people. Storytelling creates a shared space between speaker and audience where reflections of ourselves can be found in the other party. What happens when we find ourselves in someone else? Their story becomes our story, their pain becomes our pain, their joy becomes our joy; the separation between us diminishes. This is the basis for Her Story, and it is a community effort.”  

If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can interview another woman and record her story in video, audio or print format. You are asked to post your story to a blog or Facebook page by January 15, 2017. Please tag #HerStoryMedia to encourage sharing. Every storyteller will be entered into a draw to win 1 ticket to the Her Story launch event happening in Vancouver in March, 2017. For more information visit

Here are some story-starters for you to choose from, but feel free to use your own ideas, too:

1. What is a favourite childhood memory?

2. What message do you have for a woman 10 years younger than you?

3. What was your favourite thing to do when you were between 10 and 12 years old?

4. How do you remember your mom?

5. What would make you laugh out loud today?

About Her Story:  

Her Story is a platform for sharing the lived experiences of Canadian women who have faced marginalization or injustice. We create awareness for important social issues through media campaigns and through our own media platforms: Her Story, Our Story magazine and Her Story podcast. We use the power of story to empower and incite other women to stand up, join together and be bold and brave in asking for what we need.


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