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.
I was never able to convince myself that there was a cost-free alternative course, as from 1961, or that any of the different strategies since proposed, especially those involving stronger military action, would have made sense.
Like life, peace begins with women. We are the first to forge lines of alliance and collaboration across conflict divides.
Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff without knowing where you will land.
Since I was 15 years old I have dedicated my life to serving women.
By accepting what the external structures have told us we need to do, we have given the power of our realities and ourselves to others. It is time to tell a new story for women, and that can only start with women.
Do you know that people fall in love in war and go to school and go to factories and hospitals and get divorced and go dancing and go playing and live life?