Frequently Asked Questions
Hello, thanks for stopping by! Below are some questions that tend to come up a bunch. If there is anything else you'd like to know, just ask!
Q. Why Women?
A. As you've probably noticed by now, I have intentionally chosen to focus on the female refugee experience. While I do not believe that either gender necessarily suffers more or less than the other during conflict and unrest, I wholeheartedly believe they endure different experiences. This blog is a space for women to be heard regarding their unique experiences -- realities that are no more or less significant than those of anyone else.
If you're interested in reading more about women in conflict, war, and peacebuilding, I highly encourage you to check out the following sources:
- Gender, War & Peacebuilding, a study guide by the United States Institute of Peace
- Women, War & Peace from womenwarpeace.org
- Women: Particular Challenges and Risks from the UNHCR
Q. What's with the recipes? Is this a food blog or a space for women's empowerment?
A. I promise, my blog is not having an identity crisis! I have chosen to combine storytelling with recipe-sharing because I strongly believe in the power of cross-cultural exchange as a catalyst for dialogue, community-building, and empowerment. Food is something to which everyone can relate. A shared meal - or recipe - can bring people together, breaking down barriers. Meanwhile, the stories highlight individuality. They give voice to individuals who deserve to be heard. Moreover, they show that women are more than victims in conflict. As you'll see, many of the women who have shared their stories have already accomplished major feats - whether it's starting a business, winning a scholarship or becoming a professional chef, among other accomplishments. Finally, I feel that behind every great recipe is a great story!
If you're interested, here's a quick and easy read on the power of a shared meal.
Q. How do you connect with these awesome women?
A. I've reached out to numerous organizations and individuals working in the field of refugee resettlement, ESL, and women's empowerment. It is with their kind and generous support that I've been introduced to many of the women featured on my blog. Thanks to them, Taking Refuge is able to thrive.
Q. What platform/template did you use to create your site?
A. I created it myself! I am self-taught in html and css (and working on python!). My website is entirely coded from scratch. (p.s. I'm writing this in May 2015 and I began learning to code in November 2014 - that means you can learn to code your own website in just a few months too!)
Q. I am a refugee/member of the press/Taking Refuge enthusiast/critic/etc., how can I contact you?
A. Email me at [email protected] I truly love hearing from you all - so don't be afraid to get in touch, whether you're dishing out the good, the bad, or the ugly!
Q. I want to keep up-to-date with all things Taking Refuge. How can I do this?