Future Women 2020 strives to bring together storytellers from every corner of the world to participate and share their inspiring stories with an international audience. Women activists, women leaders, researchers, academicians, journalists, and all independent researchers in women’s studies and related fields have an opportunity to submit their original work.

The storytelling session of the Future Women 2020 offers you the opportunity to share your story in the following categories and modes of presentation:


  • Success Stories—personal and project achievements, joyful accomplishments
  • Stories of Struggles–including setbacks, anger, sadness


  • Narratives
  • Documentary films
  • Short fiction films
  • Performance art—poetry, song, short dramas

How to submit your work

  • Send your original work to on or before 10th October 2019 with your biography.
  • After submission, you’ll receive an acknowledge receipt within three working days.
  • Submissions must be in English or with English subtitles.
  • All storytellers will be notified of acceptance within two weeks.

Date: 14th February 2020
Time: 10.50 a.m. – 12.20 a.m.


Local/Indian Delegates – USD 450
International Delegates – USD 600

Story Tellers

Prof. Gerise Herndon

Prof. Gerise Herndon
Chair of the International Studies program Professor of English
Nebraska Wesleyan University
TITLE: “#MeToo: Reclaiming the Body and Rewriting our Stories”


Reflecting on a collaborative feminist writing project called “#Hashtag: We Two Reclaiming the Body,” I will share how my writing process contributes to healing from trauma. In a series of ruminations about growing up and working in cultures shaped by toxic masculinity, a friend and I spent a year writing back and forth about our experience living a half century in the U.S. in bodies assigned female. In the consciousness-raising traditions of second wave feminists and #MeToo, we investigate how sexism and heterosexism restrict and shape actions and aspirations: we show the relevance of feminist theories and name cultural patterns in details of our lives. In our original piece, one writer begins; the second writer employs the first writer’s words as springboard for reflection. Though our writings have the appearance of social media posts, our project of rewriting and unhiding our experience is currently offline because, although social media bridges geographic distance and demonstrates the power of shared experience, such media can amplify voices bent on silencing feminists.

Ms. Poonam Pralhad Satpute

Ms. Poonam Pralhad Satpute
Village Social Transformation Foundation,
TITLE: “From Behind the Chulha to Behind the Counter Bhil and Pawara Women’s Financial Self-Determination”

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Dr. Shirin Abbas
Symbiosis International (Deemed) University
TITLE: “Stories of Social Change for Women brought on through using Mobile as a Development Communication Tool”