HerStory Foundation debuted The Incredible Read-Aloud, at Dhaka Lit Fest yesterday afternoon for an audience of children and adults. Their books, Her Stories: Adventures of Supergirls by Amiya, Vol 1 and 2, features stories of women who have laid the way for others and furthered the cause of women empowerment through their contributions in different fields.
The Foundation’s fellows, Bushra E Anjum and Lubna Zafrin, read the stories of Supergirls Khana and Professor Siddiqua Kabir as ten exceptional students of the third and fourth grade from Jaago Primary School acted them out. Khana, through her educational rhymes on agricultural tricks and hacks, and Professor Kabir, through her cooking books and TV shows, helped people to live better lives.
The play was directed by performer Jennifer Reid. The Jaago students participated in a movement and painting workshop at the Karail School in preparation for the event.
The moderator of the event, Naila Azad, asked the performers to share what they learned from the women in their lives. Among other things, the children said that they learned family values, Ludo, cooking and singing from their mothers, sisters and aunts.
Minister of Education Dipu Moni, the chief guest, stressed on the importance of learning about and recognising female role models.
Founder of HerStory Foundation, Zareen Mahmud Hosein presented the chief guest with a full set of the HerStories Bangla pamphlets of fourteen stories and conveyed her best wishes to the HerStory Fellows.