Redesign the Table to Create Infrastructures of Peace

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Posted December 2, 2019 from Fiji

Almost 25 years ago I made a change in my life to walk away from violence. Hurt and troubled it took me a long time to speak about it. To not be angry including with myself. To reconcile myself. To understand that the root causes of violence were not me.

Today I am looking ahead to a new 25 years:

  • Grateful for the Feminist and Women's Rights Movement that has enabled a culture of legal rights and protection;
  • A Feminist Faith community, including male faith leaders, who are willing to be transformative;
  • Women-led media platforms like World Pulse that engage, enable, empower and amplify;
  • Women's funds that mobilise the investment in our Feminist and Women Peacebuilders campaigns;
  • Civil society allies who amplify our call to #redesignthetable so we can transform structures that perpetuate violence to Infrastructures of peace
  • I uplift the work of sisters from the various movements who willingly bring our learning and experiences together to co-create Feminist Coalitions 

I stand with other mothers and survivors, sisters and daughters committed to transform our pain into processes of leadership and claiming the spaces for Sustainable Peace and Nonviolence.

#IStandWithHer #16Days #GenerationEquality #EndGenderBasedViolence

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Anita Shrestha
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

Amelework Yilma
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Thank you for sharing your story, me also pass on this challenge
Amelework

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

Hannah B
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dear Sharon,
Thank you for sharing, and for trusting this community with your story! Thank you for sharing what you are thankful for, and the work that you are doing now - you are sure to inspire other women!
Warm regards,
Hannah

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and solidarity

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dear Sharon,
Thank you for this strong reminder that we have indeed built a lot together over these years toward our goal of ending all violence against and discrimination toward women. While we examine why this is taking so long, it is empowering to look at how far we have come. I stand with you. #IStandWithHer.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

MADELEINE BWENGE
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Merci Sharon pour votre inspiration. Nombreuses femmes en difficultés ne savaient pas que toutes ces opportunités existent et sont prêtes à leur apporter secours. A travers votre message, beaucoup seront bien édifiée.

Madeleine Bwenge

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Hello, Sharon,

Thank you for your message of solidarity to all women and to our World Pulse sisters. We are grateful for all the stories and updates you share with us here. We learn a lot from your journey, too. We stand with you!

Have a great day!

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

You're welcome, dear sis Sharon. We support you all the way! Keep on creating impact!

Sinyuy Geraldine
Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Hello sister, thanks for sharing your story.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

Patience Nyange
Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Dear Sharon,

For sharing such an inspirational story, you have uplifted our souls and inspired us a fresh. Thank you for letting us see the possibility of transforming our pain into processes of leadership. #IStandWithHer

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

maeann
Dec 04, 2019
Dec 04, 2019

Dear Sharon,

Just like you, I also stand with mothers and survivors, sisters and daughters.

I stand with you #IStandWithher

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thank you and sorry for the late reply as I'm currently on deployment for the referendum in Bougainville. Always appreciate these uplifting messages of solidarity!

Spiritedsoul
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Hi Sharon,
Thank you for sharing. It is true, I am also thankful for the feminist movement and platforms like whirlpools, amplify any power women, allowing them to connect, collaborate, inspire, learn, and share stories with each other.
Thanks again for sharing.
Hugs and love,
Jess.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Yes indeed ..the feminist movement connects us in so many ways ! In solidarity

Ngobesing Linda
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Hello sharon,thanks for sharing and for making that brave decision to walk away from abuse,hope other women can learn from you and break the conspiracy of silence and also #redesignthetable. Years back and even today in some areas we are still being denied access to the table but where we have access to the table we should be able to #LeanIn and #redesignthetable. Way to go

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Love it yesssss ,,,Lean In and Redesign the Table !!!

Akshaya9
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hello Sharon :-)

Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Thank you !

Juliet Acom
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello Sharon,

Congratulations upon this great milestone. I hope you can one time share your journey with us here on world pulse.
Otherwise I wish you well and pray that you will continue to be an inspiration to many women world wide!

Justine Kwachu
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Sharon
You inspire me with your 25 years milestones acheivement.
I only started this journey of promoting girls and women's rights and ensuring they live in Cameroonian communities free of all forms of violence 15 years ago. Almost feeling frustrated at the slow pace of seeing change happen, I am made stronger at your longitivity in the women's crusade.
Yes redesigning the tables for women's inclusive and meaningful participation in peace processes is central in creating infrastructures for peace.
Thank you for sharing your story with members of this community.
#redesignthetables

baganda
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

merci sharon pour cette bonne histoire beau coups seront eveillé

Ekitah
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Hi Sharon!
Thanks for sharing your story. Good you have traveled a long way and all is in the past today. Courage!

ANJ ANA
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Dear Sharon,
Thank you for inspiring us and sharing the piece with full of gratitude. Wonderful..
I join with you to achieve your commitment to transform the pain into processes of leadership and claiming the spaces for sustainable peace and non-voilence world. I wholeheartly stand with you and #IStandWithHer .
best regards,
anjana

Namasomo Kiyobe
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

Merci beaucoup Shalon pour votre histoire , beaucoup seront éveille

Amelework Yilma
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing