At my sessions at @byronwritersfestival i mentioned my recent reporting on the betrayal of Farkhunda and Afghanistan's women - here is the link https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/faces-of-defiance-the-women-fearlessly-standing-up-to-the-taliban-in-afghanistan-hr0bxn7mv
"I can say that going through Thistle Farms’ Magdalene program provided me with the tools to be responsible for myself and others. I graduated and completed the program, am a full-time employee at Thistle Farms, have my own place, my own car, and I look forward to paying my bills on time. I have a savings account and a cushion. Sometimes rainy days do come, but I have the tools to handle that. I am good!" Love Brenda. #loveheals
Thistle Farms global partner Beljoy Haiti is a distinct line of handcrafted jewelry produced in Haiti by local artisans. Béljoy offers women in Haiti the opportunity to earn a dignified and consistent wage through the art of jewelry making. By teaching this trade and paying a superior wage, we hope to encourage women and empower them to provide for their families. #loveheals
Tickets are on sale now for Orhan Pamuk at the Southbank Centre in London on 15th September. He will be reading from and discussing his new novel, The Red Haired Woman. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/121422-orhan-pamuk-conversation-2017
Sydney Ideas - Christina Lamb Join us for a special conversation with Christina Lamb as she shares her unique insights into the lives of the ordinary people across the countries where she has worked, and stories of her life as a journalist and foreign correspondent. Christina will be in conversation with Aparna Balakumar, a final year Media and Communications student at the University of Sydney. Christina Lamb is a multi award-winning journalist for the UK Sunday Times. She is the author of many books including The Africa House, The Sewing Circles of Herat, Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World. She is well known for the best-selling memoir she co-authored with Afghan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Her most recent book is The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom. It is co-authored with Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager with cerebral palsy who escaped war in a wheelchair to join the exodus of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean to Germany. Copies of Christina's recent books will be on sale at the event. http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/index.shtml
Congratulations to the first winners of the Women Photograph grants! An initiative powered by the super Daniella Zalcman! https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/no-longer-seeing-the-world-through-mens-eyes/
Excited to be back in Australia talking about war, terror and inspirational survivors at Newcastle Festival, Byron Bay Festival and Sydney Ideas. All very timely as arrived to lots of security at the airport following the thwarting of what Australian police are calling a 'major terror plot' which apparently planned to smuggle poison gas on a flight and blow it up. Seems nowhere safe these days
When Thistle Farms began, it was simply a small house and five women. We developed the model for sanctuary from our deepest desire and dearest vision--to believe that love is strong enough to heal us and change the world.
Oh God, the greatness and beauty of whose work surrounds us from daybreak to sunset, so fill our imaginations, so fill our thoughts that we are left with nothing but praise on our lips as we fall asleep this night. Amen.
I do believe we are born with everything we need for the journey; but the gifts we received from birth need to be cultivated, honed and trained. We need to write moral laws on our hearts and memorize sacred texts that can be mantras. We need to practice the tenets of faith to the best of our ability so that when called up we can dance. #HappyFriday