In today’s culture, there are places for all people to communicate and collaborate in the digital world, but not always in a public forum. Four local women in the community are changing that. They created a group with the mission to serve as a safe space for womxn’s creativity, relationships, volunteerism, community, and empowerment. This group is called Hum: A Womxn Collective.
Womxn is not a typo, by the way. This is a substitute for “women” to avoid having to use the suffix “men”. It is generally associated with the feminism movement where using inclusive spelling for those who are transgender, non-binary, and gender fluid is encouraged.
Each month, Hum facilitators Dani Kokochak, Dani Marie, Hannah Jo, and Sara Maloney work together to host meetings and workshops that function as creative discussion platforms for womxn of all identifications, as well as allies in the area. Meetings are held in different public spots across Cincinnati and are led by community members with a variety of different backgrounds. With their mission in mind, each event serves as a place where women can have an open dialogue with one another and come together to connect on a human level instead of online behind a screen.
Other sorts of events and social set-ups Hum puts on include coffee shop conversations on current events and women’s issues, meetings for discussions on environmental sustainability, swapping of personal items to be donated, and even picnics where everyone’s stories and perspectives are chewed over. The future vision for the group is still to include these discussion-based events, but also incorporate more creative-based gatherings such as poetry workshops, volunteer programs, and the continuation of its monthly book club.
Hum is working to delve deeper into the community to deliver a place for storytelling, engagement, and most importantly, understanding, when it comes to creating a connecting force.
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