I have a passion for writing and curating women's stories and in this space, I hope to share, honour and illuminate them.
I will explore the past of Kenyan women, in the hope to understand the present so that we can try to imagine a better future. Tracing out the faded and sometimes erased connections with the women who came before us; their thoughts, their struggles, their joy, their love, their lessons and what it means to me.
My activism begins with breaking the silence.
I have stories to tell, and I have been writing for a long time but I still feel like I have not yet found my place. There are many things we're told we're supposed to be as African writers, what type of stories we should write, but here, I aim to write my stories, the stories I want to tell, whether good or bad. First and foremost, I am writing for myself. I hope that with this I will create the map that will finally lead me towards wherever this place is.
Child of many worlds, anchored to none.
© Aisha 2017
Aisha Ali Haji is a Kenyan writer and feminist activist.
Coming from a conservative Swahili community but raised in anything but conservative Nairobi, Aisha often exists in the middle of these two seemingly opposing cultures and her writing tries to reflect on this.
In 2014, Aisha was one of the founding members of a Kenyan women's collective, The Atieno Project Through this collective she started a project aimed at documenting and curating the works of Kenyan Women and Feminists.
In 2015, she was selected to participate in the African Women Development Fund, AWDF, Women Writing For Social Change workshop in Kampala, Uganda.
Aisha has appeared in several panels and forums to discuss the state of Kenyan women in different facets including media, social and online spaces.
Her writing has been published by Jalada, Brainstorm, Up Nairobi, The Sunday Kenya, Okay Africa amongst others.
In her work, Aisha explores the possibilities of building an alternative media space in Kenya, using new media tools made possible by increased use of online platforms run and managed by women.