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Who’s in the Frame?

Last week in my blog (click here to read #BringBackOurGirls) I asked a question. In the spirit of changing the world by changing the questions, what is the right question. What question might we ask to bring out the best in each other? Guess what? Someone sent me a suggestion!

My dear friend, co-worker, director of The Empowerment Project of A Woman’s Place (AWP), and all-around comrade in the quest for a flourishing community, Ann Ciliberto emailed me this:

Who would need to be in this frame for me to take action?

That question has stayed with me all week. Let’s face it – I’m human. Who is in the frame changes over the course of the day, much less over the course of a lifetime.

Sometimes, on a particularly hectic and trying day, I’m tempted to take action to save myself.

I know, despite sibling bickering, occasional sassiness, and single-working-mom fatigue, should a choice need to be made I would give my life for my daughters.

As executive director at AWP, most readers expect that I would fill the frame with victims of domestic violence. You don’t have to know me that well to know that I would take action for women and girls. They could be in the frame.

The vision for AWP goes beyond that. Without remotely diminishing the importance of taking action for women and children, AWP takes action to build a flourishing community. The frame is getting crowded.

When I reflect on the meandering path that has gotten me to where I am now, an important stop on the journey was my four years at Mount Holyoke College where I knew first and foremost that I wanted to take action for a better world.

Thank you, Ann. While the faces in the frame have changed and shifted over the last seven days, I can tell you this much. I am conscious of my need to take action and will not just let the faces pass by.


Ifeoma U. Aduba
Executive Director

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