Leadership is about encouraging women to break their silence and tell their stories to the world.
I grew up with injustice and could do nothing about it. But once in America, I had freedom of choice.
As women, we must speak out, speak up, say no to our inheritance of loss and yes to a future of women-led dialogue about women’s rights and value.
Being a leader for me is about having the courage to speak the truth, and live the truth, despite attempts to silence our thoughts, feelings, and past experiences.
I don’t have a child, so Women for Women is like my child. But I always said I would step down after 20 years. I didn’t want to be a 60-year-old woman holding on to something I created when I was 23.
No change can come if those who are impacted the most by discrimination are not willing to stand up for themselves.
While women may look different, as some wear suits and others wear saris, or some cover their hair while others wear their hair loose, women need to stand together because they all face the central point of discrimination, although the extremity of which may be different from Kigali to Kabul.
I have come to understand that in order to effectively advance women’s rights, we need to galvanize a global women’s movement.
I couldn’t find anyone doing something about the astounding injustices women were experiencing, so I decided to do something myself. I cannot tell you how many people ridiculed my efforts.
Like life, peace begins with women. We are the first to forge lines of alliance and collaboration across conflict divides.