Women, War and What we fed the children
Women, War and What we fed the children.
Eighty percent of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people are women and children. Eighty percent of casualties by small arms fire are women and children who far outnumber military casualties.
In order to humanize these statistics, we are gathering stories from women around the world who have experienced or live in war impacted areas – and we include many that are not normally cited – our own Native American reservations that fit the profile of a post conflict society – we also include some inner city women’s stories in places like New Orleans which at one point had more killings that Iraq. We asked ourselves how do/did these women cope and care for their families and themselves. 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 from a women’s world through the individual story that when told is juxtaposed with the global stories – and with that we see the commonalities and differences.
As we gather these stories, we will also teach and learn self-care 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 from which women come ...and they have existed cross culturally for thousands of years. Hopefully, peacemaking becomes an internal state that spreads. It is difficult to have a peaceful world when people are not at peace in themselves. We are honored to provide Witness and whatever else we can to women around the world. Expect to be changed by this project. We are.
We expect to have the first stories posted by March at the latest.
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. And, if you are touched please pass this on.