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About FEMRITE

What is FEMRITE?
FEMRITE- Uganda Women Writers' Association is an indigenous, non-governmental, non-profit making women's organisation that was launched on May 1, 1996. The organisation came into being at a time when the Ugandan literary scene had almost no visible creative literature written by women. FEMRITE desired to change that situation and build level ground for Ugandan women creative writers enabling them to contribute to national development through creative writing. FEMRITE acronym stands for Female Writers.

FEMRITE objectives for the period 2007-2011
FEMRITE is a membership organisation whose current objectives are: to develop, publish and promote women writers, to develop and implement a Marketing and Advocacy Strategy, to develop an Information Communication Technology Strategy, to develop a Resource Centre with relevant literary information, to develop the institutional capacity of the organisation and to develop a Research, Monitoring and Evaluation System.

FEMRITE achievements
Since her inception, FEMRITE members have worked together to develop their writing, and to promote reading and writing. An organisation that started from very humble beginnings has trained women who have gone on to win or get onto shortlists for nationally, regionally and internationally celebrated literary awards. Below are some of the FEMRITE members' literary achievements.

In 1997
  • Waltraud Ndagijimana's story The Key was short listed in the BBC short story writing competition
  • Violet Barungi's play "Over my dead body" won the British Council International New Play Writing Award for Africa and the Middle East
In 1999
  • Mary Karoro Okurut was voted Woman Writer of the New Millennium by New Vision (Uganda's Leading Daily) Survey
  • Goretti Kymuhendo's novel Secrets no More won the National Book Trust of Uganda Literary Award for Best Novel of the Year.
  • Dr Susan Kiguli's The African Saga won the National Book Trust of Uganda Poetry Award and the Editor's Choice Award of the USA National Library of Poetry
In 2003
  • Mary Karoro Okurut's novel The Official Wife won the National Book Trust of Uganda Literary Award for Best Novel of the Year
  • Jackee Budesta Batanda's story Dance with Me won Africa Region Commonwealth Short Story Competition
  • Mildred Kiconco's poetry anthology Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say won the National Book Trust of Uganda Poetry Award
  • Jackee Budesta Batanda's story The Blue Mable was shortlisted for Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, Junior Category
In 2004
  • Monica Arach's essay In the Stars won the first prize in the Women's WORLD essay writing competition
  • Mildred Kiconco's story Effigy Child was highly commended for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition
  • Mary Karoro Okurut's novel The Official Wife was again voted among Best Books of the year, winning a prize for the second Best novel of the National Book Trust of Uganda
  • Jackee Budesta Batanda's story Dora's Turn was highly commended for Commonwealth Short Story Competition
  • Monica Arach's short story Strange Fruits was short listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Jackee Budesta Batanda's story Remember Atita was highly commended for the Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Doreen Baingana's story Hunger was short listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Doreen Baingan's story, Tropical Fish won the Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize.
In 2005
  • Doreen Baingana's story Tropical Fish was short listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Glaydah Namukasa' s first novel Voice of a Dream won the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, Senior Category
  • Jocelyn Ekochu's novel Shockwaves Across the Ocean was nominated for the Dublin Impac Literary Award
In 2006
  • Doreen Baingana's short story collection Tropical Fish: STORIES OUT OF ENTEBBE won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Best Book, Africa Region. The collection was also shortlisted for Hurston/Wright Award 2006