Lisa Shannon: The Other Crisis in Somalia
Profiled by Nicholas Kristof for her work in D-I-Y foreign aid, Shannon suggests looking for solutions outside of the big-aid model. She points out that grassroots Somali leaders are creating rape crisis centers like Sister Somalia, which operates from Mogadishu and uses a word-of-mouth network to deploy an aid structure custom tailored to local needs. “It is high time we follow the lead of Somali grassroots leaders. . . assuring our assistance holds women's security as not only possible, but fundamental.”
Named one of O Magazine's 100 Most Influential Women on the Planet, Lisa Shannon is the author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, about her experiences, starting a few years ago, in helping women in the Congo. She is presently working on a second book. In her powerful talks, she explore the world's deadliest conflict zones through the lens of compassion and grassroots action.