By Janhabi Nandy
I’m proud to be working with a team of people who have gracefully adapted to the most unexpected of events. From hotel staff in Puerto Vallarta to presenters in Europe, from staff whose work plans changed drastically to participants whose travel plans changed dramatically, everyone has kept calm and carried on. And as we carry on, I think about women around the world who carry on despite natural or, all too often, manmade disasters.
Women who go out for supplies while weapons are being fired, who take care of neighbor’s children when the neighbor disappears, who give shelter to strangers seeking safety. They are remarkable in their ability to carry on, to be resilient in the face of violence and chaos, to survive circumstances most people think of as unbearable. Amongst them are the women who not only persevere – they challenge the violence and contest the chaos. Women who start underground newspapers with a pen and a torn piece of paper, who educate children in secret locations, who demand their rights over the radio, who march in silence to remember the dead.
I’m honored to meet some of these women during this Dialogue. And in this moment of adapting to changed circumstances, I am reminded of and humbled by the resilient women of the world.