Photo: From left to right: Nubia, Karla, Darling, Erendira (from Goyena and Leon), delegation members Aaron, Red, Layla, Susan, Kerry, and Shelly showing off yoga pose.

Photo: From left to right: Nubia, Karla, Darling, Erendira (from Goyena and Leon), delegation members Aaron, Red, Layla, Susan, Kerry, and Shelly showing off yoga pose.

A late-July multigenerational delegation came and focused on storytelling as a tool for community and women leaders. We all tell stories to be heard; it is the basic need of anyone; it is the essence of what makes us human. We were able to tell our stories, reflect on the consequences and explore where we want to go …. We learned the importance of telling our own stories, to recount our experiences, makes us strong. But it was hard and difficult. And if we do not do it ourselves, someone else will do it for us. We learned that if we do not defend ourselves, who will? If we do not defend each other before injustices, what are we? Nubia Quiroz, community leader and women’s rights promoter in Goyena, shared with us: “By telling our stories and playing forum theater games, we demonstrate to everyone with whom we shared those 10 days together that we are survivors of many injustices, and that we are willing to be part of the change we want to see.”