June 6, 2013
By Women's Voices Now
On June 6, WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod spoke to an audience at Tel Aviv University on the importance of supporting women in Muslim-majority societies from a place of understanding and unity.
Today, women throughout the world continue to suffer from violence, persecution for their gender, and inaccess to economic opportunities, to name a few difficulties they face. In spite of these challenges, it is clear that women in these societies are stepping up to the challenges they face and they are asking the world to stand side-by-side by them as they demand their human rights.
According to Basch-Harod, the most important thing to do is find out how we as the international community can be of service. We do this by listening to their voices and understanding their societies, histories, and traditions. Through the films received by WVN, we also learn about their hopes and dreams, and see if we can contribute something to their struggle that women throughout the world, in fact, share.