“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,” – Toni Morrison.
At the Asherah Foundation, we simply believe that writing is an essential part of our world, and it changes the lives of many. We believe that women are capable of doing anything and everything that men can do, including leading successful writing careers and inspiring another generation of young girls.
If a young woman wants to change the world through her writing, she must first be given the chance to. However, on a global scale, these opportunities may not come as easily for women as they would for men. This is one of the reasons why we find that, today, there are far more male writers than female writers. We have found that the gender gap that exists economically, politically and socially throughout many career fields also exists in the field of literature. The Asherah Foundation wants to address the lack of female frontrunners in writing and the literary gender gap.
The Asherah Foundation would like to introduce you to Azza Bondok, a young writer who is determined to pursue her dream to study literature and the English language. When she was young girl, her father encouraged her to create her own ending to an already existing masterpiece by Naguib Mahfouz. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped writing.
Today, Ms. Azza Bondok writes fiction in Arabic. She has also published two pieces of work: one was a novella called Almira’h, and the other was a short story collection called Dystopia. Ms. Bondok is able to empower others through her writing, and connect with them through her words. We are witnessing a dedicated, passionate and exceptional young woman change the world by living her dreams.
The Asherah foundation has found that there are many women who have contributed great pieces of work to the world, including, but definitely not limited to, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling and Emily Dickinson. For these women, the journey was not easy, but the success in pursuing their passion has brought about immeasurable changes in our world. Not only have they captured our hearts and our attention through their stories, but they have inspired a younger generation to pursue their own dream of writing.
The Asherah Foundation believes that women should not be held back in the pursuit of their dreams. With the right resources and support, women can change the world, and we are here to assist them in doing so. After all, William Faulkner once said, “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” So let your story out, and let it change the world.