We have realized that women and girls still have experiences that they have not shared during the truth telling process for various reasons ranging from stigma, discrimination and re-traumatization coupled with the lack of shoulder to cry on when those stress factors occur.
The purpose of these testimonies in the form of body maps with the assistance of an artist, is to break the silence foreground, give those identified as victims and unacknowledged survivors of the 22 years dictatorship to express their experiences and to create a record that might honor their abuses and violations and educate future generations utilizing creative and cognitive approaches.
Imaginative ways for showing the directions of their stories are used including colors and journals.
WILL created a safe space in its office which has a store for safe keeping and confidentiality purposes with direct provision of humanitarian/psychosocial support to victims and witnesses.
The methodology does not only look at trauma and victimhood but also at resilience. It gives the women and girls an opportunity to think about a symbol that best represents their strengths and by focusing on hopes for the future looking beyond the present. The project involves daily reflective exercises to assist in disrupting feelings of isolation, loneliness and abandonment.
Date Taken:May 31, 2022
Country of Origin:Gambia
March 8, 2020
Most Outstanding Woman of the Year
A staff of Women in Liberation and Leadership with art background with years of working with trauma survivors. She served as a facilitator in the training with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).
The experience and knowledge I have accumulated over the years come into play as I facilitate body map workshops, reflective, creative and supportive processes.