I grew up hearing horror stories from Nana about hiding in flimsy air-rade shelters with her small son, in London. And now, talking with friends in Yemen, I become even more aware of what my dad and his mum must have been through. And the effect on subsequent generations.
Sometimes we all need a dose of something positive.... I'm lucky that this came to me recently in the form of visiting some WWOOFers, high up in the wooded Gloucestershire hills close to the Welsh border. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms...
On the 3rd July this year (my daughter's birthday), I will be at Covent Garden in London because Safe World for Women has been short-listed by the prestigous internet organisation - Nominet - for an award for 'Doing Good Online'.
A UNESCO report estimates that 200 million more men than women are online. The gender gap is due to various factors: chiefly a combination of cultural and economic. In developing countries, there is a 16 percent gender gap in internet access, compared to 2 percent in developed nations.
As anyone who has ever suffered the death of a baby will know, it is a devestating experience, wherever you are. Talking can help. But in many parts of the world, talking and openly grieving are not options...
I've been writing a reference for the founder of our Field Partner in Nigeria. One question was: 'Resilience – Can they overcome obstacles?' How to explain, in a few words, that daily life in Lagos can be an obstacle...?
In our mass movement for global change, it is of course important that we also connect with grassroots groups in the ‘developed’ world.
And, importantly, regional groups need to be able to connect with each other across the oceans, learn from each other and share common challenges, to build bridges of understanding and empathy between women from diverse cultures.
We were taken by Grace to a homestead, hidden by a maze of brushwood fences, and homes sunk down to protect against bullets. Apparently, the women and girls had barely left the homestead.
This provided a glimpse into life before Grace set up the group 25 years ago, having moved from another region in Uganda.
"In a way, it feels like we have come full circle...."
Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo explains: "On that blessed evening - 19th August 2009, around 8.30pm, at a public cybercafe... I stumbled across this social site... A few months later, I settled on establishing WFAC in the University of Buea."