Notes from the Editor
IN THE VILLAGE
There's a saying, "It takes a village", which essentially means that you can get further and farther when working collaboratively - essentially no woman is nor should be an island. Yet for many women and girls, the idea of engaged community has yet to be fully realized or even collectively agreed upon. When we think about how and where we live, for instance, ultimately the predominant housing systems do not allow for a village mentality. If it did, we'd likely see more quality affordable housing and perhaps more community or co-operative housing arrangements. And while the "home" is considered a private space, in the best way, a sanctuary from the outside world, for many women, such as Nigerian women, the abuse and violence they may encounter beyond their front door does not compare to that which they endure at home. Domestic violence is a global issue that could be prevented and at least interrupted if the "village" joined in efforts to help, not hurt victims and survivors. Food access and policy reform could also use a collaborative approach. When families prioritize healthy food, there is a ripple effect on their families and communities. How do we get there? Believe it or not, there are many pathways; albeit ones littered with significant obstacles and challenges. Perhaps having more women in public office representing their whole constituency, some of those the pathways may clear.