Hello, my name is Becky.
I am a recent graduate of Tufts University, passionate about women's empowerment, the Middle East, and all things food. I live in DC, where I make a living working full-time on gender and foreign policy issues at a think tank. When I'm not researching or writing about gender, however, you can find me trying out a new recipe, studying a foreign language, or scanning the Internet for cheap flights abroad.
Why I created Taking Refuge:
While men are typically sent to the frontlines (and headlines) of conflict, women and children are left home to fend for themselves. Their situation carries the burden of job insecurity and personal insecurity. Sexual abuse - whether as a war crime, or just because a man can - is rampant in war zones, particularly when a husband or family patriarch is not around to serve as "protection". But, leaving one's country as a refugee is no easy feat. Policy makes it difficult to achieve refugee status and, often, by the time a person escapes, emotional and physical damage has already been done.
I decided to create this blog to give a voice to female refugees in the United States by providing a platform for them to share their stories, along with their favorite recipes from their home countries and favorite recipe or food that they've discovered since arriving in America. Some names may be changed for the purpose of privacy, but this will be indicated when the situation arises.
I am always open to feedback and I encourage you to contact me at [email protected] with any questions or comments you may have.