The Storytelling for Survivors track will cover:


Identify the memories hidden behind closed doors. We will explore automatic negative thoughts that we have spoken to ourselves behind closed doors.


Feel the needs of the body in response to trauma. We will explore ways we can show up in confidence within the bodies that have held us through trauma.


Express our stories through creative practice. We will concentrate on how we can sustain our uniqueness while interacting with the outside world within our vocations.


Explore tools that provide reciprocal healing in the community. We will embrace each other’s uniqueness by uplifting each other’s light.

Through this track, fellows will:

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Gain confidence in telling their unique story;

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Explore healthy practices that will help them overcome despair as a result of trauma; and

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Learn to show up powerfully through artistic expression.

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About the track leader

Jean Nangwala

Jean Nangwala was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia. Her passion for social justice stems from her personal experience of injustice and witnessing such inequality across the globe. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in media studies. During her undergraduate studies, Jean volunteered with a juvenile facility in Cape Town, supported survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, and worked alongside creatives in Barcelona using art for community transformation. She has also worked with The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission in New York City and Partnering to End Human Trafficking in Connecticut. Jean currently works as the lead storyteller for Freely in Hope located in the Bay Area. Her passion is empowering women to come together and alleviate systems that perpetuate social injustice. She loves using art to inspire others to find liberation. To learn more, check out her YouTube channel, Tales of a Black Girl.

“I’m excited to walk through this journey with you and experience your unique expressions. As a survivor and storyteller, I know how important it is to have a way to process the trauma and also build tools that allow me to process and thrive in the present moment.”


Freely in Hope equips survivors to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence. We believe that survivor-led organizational advocacy will radically transform the way resources, power, and opportunity are leveraged and made available to minoritized communities, creating sustainable, equitable, and liberated systems within which people can flourish. Working in Kenya, Zambia, and the United States, we platform the voices, solutions, and vision of survivors to lead in global anti-sexual violence movements.