In the wake of the 2014 war in Gaza, we were concerned by the disturbing rhetoric of our two communities and the lack of any alternative voices, including a lack of female voices. We saw the need for a place where women could come together and write about our lives and our opinions in a constructive and new way.
While we all may differ slightly on the reasons or even the level of anonymity desired, most of us have chosen to remain anonymous as a result of community and family pressures. The sad reality is that we face a great deal of resistance to working together for change and being an alternative voice to the often hateful rhetoric existing in both our faith communities and in the broader societies that we live in. We have created this blog to be a safe outlet for us to openly express our views, even when they are unpopular or contrary to those held by the majority of our communities, without worrying about the negative impact on ourselves or our families.
We are women living in conflict, and we are a minority voice.
Some of us are single, newlywed, young mothers, experienced mothers, and grandmothers.
We are followers of Jesus and we believe he offered an alternative to accepting occupation and an alternative to violence.
We are living our lives seeking peace in conflict, maneuvering the complexities of this experience in our individual contexts.
It is challenging creating and maintaining a blog together, as 8 women from very different backgrounds with various opinions, ideologies, strengths and weaknesses. We have all learned a lot from the process.
Anonymity adds another unique dimension, one which we have attempted to respect for each writer, depending on the level they desire.
Additionally, we have had to learn how to cope with critique or disapproval from our communities, as well as negative online feedback.
Lastly, we are still working out the balance between mustering the courage to sometimes voice unpopular opinions, while also maintaining a position of love and goodwill towards those who may not accept our ideas.