Silence is a war crime. ~ Author Unknown
I went to Malawi to lead writing workshops with girls who had been orphaned and women living in villages struggling to care for their families while navigating the realities of their roles as women. And in spite of all that I witnessed, I chose to stay focused on the goal. And trust me when I tell you that it was a choice. An anonymous supporter of mine wrote this note to me this morning. "Volunteering in a country where the role of women as it relates to how they are treated by men is an especially hard thing for a domestic violence survivor to do." Yes, it was. I am so proud of myself for doing my best.
A month later, I wonder how I would handle that situation now. What I do know is that when God made women, we must have been given something extra. Because every woman I know, no matter how many times we fall down or are forcibly pushed down, we always stand up. And sometimes that means making light of a situation to diffuse any tension building. In the faces of the Malawian women I saw resilience, grace, beauty, and dignity in spite of the challenging circumstances. As in the Haitian culture and every culture around the world, women are the pillars of society and I was honored to be present with these powerful women in Malawi.