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...?
I wanted to feel your presence, I wanted a hand to hold, Your little body so small, Your skin, ice-cold...
The world cannot carry on as it is. It is not sustainable.
The world needs to experiment. To experiment with having women’s voices and views equally represented and acted upon.
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.
"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."
On the 21st September 2012, my elderly neighbour passed away. She was an integral part of everything that happened here, and was open and welcoming to everyone.
On Friday 7th September 2012, a girls school was blown up in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province in northern Pakistan. Two days later, another girls school was destroyed in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), also in northern Pakistan, about 100 miles east of the previous attack...
Several times a year, they make an arduous journey to one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
It's their home, and they are determined to help the forgotten survivors of violence and war crimes...
Whether assaults on women are brutal as in DR Congo, or occur because someone has spiked your drink, there is a commonality. Someone has ignored the essence of who you are and what you really feel.
Chris Crowstaff looks at how conflict and trauma impact on future generations:
"Nana would recount heartrending stories of neighbours who lost their homes, of hours spent in the bomb shelter. Nana clinging tightly to my dad, her only child..."