I chose to tell this story because I live in a community outside of Santiago, away from home and my mother. It is a recognition of my mom, because I don’t get to see her everyday. I feel I have given something to women because other people’s stories and experiences motivate you to keep going and to work it out. Like, if you are a vessel and don’t have water to fill it, you can drink from another vessel.

The first day of the workshop that we talked about stories of gender-based violence and discrimination, we talked about it between men and women and different groups. I thought, how are people going to understand this if they are not talking about these topics with people who are vulnerable? It seems like for many men you have to show pictures of their mothers, siblings, cousins, so they can understand what women live on a daily basis. So, how are we going to teach something that people don’t understand, because it is so abstract for many people?

Photo credit: Images provided by Footage and by the storyteller.

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‘M’ created this story as a participant in the Girl-talk-Girl program ( by Footage ( Girl-talk-Girl connects young women worldwide, using mobile digital storytelling to spark dialogue and change around the gender-based violence present in their lives. Footage is a NGO with a mission to raise voices to elevate lives through creative research, media arts, and the science of storytelling.