[16days_discussion] Contribution by Ms Florence Mahoro

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I believe that this was an important contribution made by Ms Mahoro. 
It highlighted the complexity of issues faced by women in different 
environments around the world and the danger of alienating women and 
their experiences by using one common theme that many women might not 
feel is inclusive.
I am a crisis worker in Melbourne, Australia working with single 
young women and their children.
Recently many of our clients are women from Somalia, Sudan and 
Ethiopia. While there are common themes amongst women escaping 
domestic violence there are also many issues to consider when 
supporting women who come from a different frame of reference and to 
respect that sometimes there may not even be a language for the 
'naming' of such things as domestic violence.
We have to start looking at guidelines so that we can support best 
all the women in our community allowing them to feel safe and part of 
a greater network of care.
Those guidelines may include looking at how we apply slogans or 
themes, how they represent and who.

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