Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff without knowing where you will land.
No change can come if those who are impacted the most by discrimination are not willing to stand up for themselves.
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.
The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.
Every woman must own her story; otherwise we are all part of the silence.
I by no means intend to simplify the challenges women face in any culture. Women are marginalized in all cultures in my opinion, some in more extreme ways than others.
Like life, peace begins with women. We are the first to forge lines of alliance and collaboration across conflict divides.
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.
I don't want to be someone in my sixties holding on to a group that I created when I was in my twenties.
Leadership is about encouraging women to break their silence and tell their stories to the world.
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?
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.
In my 20s I was such a serious, boring-looking person. I would never do my nails. I never even danced. But I was taught by the women. They had gone through hell, but they would dance and sing. I came to realise I can't argue for a happy world if I am not happy myself.
I grew up with injustice and could do nothing about it. But once in America, I had freedom of choice.
There is never a typical week. I don't think I can live with a typical week.
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