Through my work, I have come to understand how violence is integral to the experience of women and girls in conflict areas, whether as refugees or internally displaced persons. It is a very difficult area in which to work as often there is so much shame and stigma that those who have been affected do not want to talk about it. So I tend to work at a community rather than individual level – talking in generalities about what “we” might do in preventative efforts rather than focusing on responding to discrete cases.
Only you know every action you have ever taken. I want to go to sleep each night at peace with myself, harbouring as few regrets as possible, knowing I have done my best to contribute to a peaceful, compassionate, creative and sustainable local and global community. If you, too, want this kind of a world, then you will not accept the institutionalised discrimination and continued devaluing of girls and women.