Women, War and What they fed the children


Eighty percent of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people are women and children. Eighty percent!

In order to humanize these statistics, we are gathering stories of women and their children from around the world who have experienced or live in war impacted areas – and we include many who are not normally cited – in the United States we will collect stories from Native American women whose reservations fit the profile of a post conflict societies – we also include some inner city women’s stories in places like New Orleans which at one point had more killings that Iraq. They are many places in the developed world that meet the criteria as war zones. We asked ourselves how do/did these women cope and care for their families and themselves. How do their children fare? What are the lingering symptoms of encountering the severe stress of war?  What unknown aspects of self were called up by these circumstances?  What do they want to tell the world about their experiences?  



How do the stories of the war experience vary from women to women (especially on opposing sides) and from war region to war region? The answers can only come to us through her individual story juxtaposed with the global stories – it is here we see the the commonalities and contrasts. 

As we gather these stories, we will also teach methods that work to reduce or resolve symptoms of severe stress - through narrative.  These easily learned and culturally contained methods can be taught in communities and may exist there already as the methods we have adapted have existed cross-culturally.  

We are honored to provide Witness and accountability for these untold stories in women's global community.   

Write and tell us if you would like to be involved. There are many roles to play. Feel free to request details of this project. For more, check out http://www.ashlar.org/projects.  

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Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care practices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people to create the means to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way -- a collaborative model one in which we are all students and learners. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important and is our  growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human. We, community members and Ashlar associates  come together to create supportive and sustainable life affirming models based in telling and honoring the personal story. 

 Our goal is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

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