Trafficked women are vulnerable and simultaneously are brave. They have been exploited and deprived of their autonomy, but are perfectly capable to make decisions about their lives. When I met them in shelters, or afterwards, at school or at work, I recognised their desire of a life full of opportunities, which was at the origin of their migration project. The same desire leading them to fall into a trap, has enabled them to free themselves. In a woman’s experience, even in an extreme situation, we can recognise something belonging to all of us. For that reason so many practices aimed to social inclusion of trafficked women, based on meaningful relationships between women, have been particularly effective in terms of empowerment.
On 8 March I would like to celebrate all women giving and receiving care, and all of us becoming stronger thanks to our relationships with other women.