Violence is the inappropriate use of power. Power is not bad in itself. However when it is used inappropriately, as in violence against women, it is important that people with positional power use it to change behaviour and attitudes.
I believe in the ‘power of naming’ as an effective strategy to break the silence about violence and abuse. Through our shared stories we discover new meanings and build strong connections that challenge the divisive tactics of violence and abuse and overcome the resultant isolation and self-blame experienced by women and children. Never underestimate the power of a story to create change.
Misogyny, racism, poverty and violence pervade the lives of our most vulnerable and compromise the health and wellbeing of us all. If we are committed to justice, we are responsible for countering these violations by building a society based on equity, inclusion and peace.
Many women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) do not know that the health problems they experience is due to the traditional genital cutting they had done to them in earlier years. Through education and information they learn how the normal body works. The knowledge they receive about the different types of FGM and what has been cut and stitched, enables them to understand the harmful health effects they experience due the procedure they had. Once they are fully aware of this, they very rarely want it to continue to be done to their daughters or other girls in their families. I believe that information and education empower people to make informed decisions and choices based on that information. Women and men who have attended our program realise they must that change must come and FGM must stop. They become the vehicles of change and take a role to empower others as they spread the information and knowledge they have gained.