In every community around the world, there are brave women and children who find the strength, through unspeakable physical, emotional, financial and psychological abuse, to get up everyday and continue their lives. We hear their stories, but too often do not hear in their own voice how they cope, what moves them through fear, gives them moments of joy and insights into change.
The common life experiences that we all share, no matter what the circumstances, are the places where humans meet and find mutual support. Each individual is a unique mixture of our past, present circumstances and the dreams we have for the future. There are no victims–helpless, weak people who need others to tell us how and who to be. We are all survivors, brave people, in a moment, an experience, a lifetime. By really listening to individuals—to one another– we can change the systems of support from those practices that take control to practices that foster women choosing their own path at the pace they need.
Through the Brave Woman movement, as champions and as survivors, we have an opportunity to connect for action. Let’s start today to raise our voice, build a strong survivor community and change the way violence impacts our lives and those we grow to care about. Let’s listen to the voice of our sisters and young people to learn, shift and share. Be brave and share your own insights. It’s time……
We are all survivors, brave people, in a moment, an experience, a lifetime. Brave Woman