These Beautiful Accessories Can Help Survivors Of Sexual Violence

Spending money is just one way of making change — but it can be a powerful one.

Years ago, gender expert Desiree Zwanck, who lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told me that helping women to make money can also help them heal after sexual assault. Often women who survive sexual assault are stigmatized and lose the respect of their communities. When women have and manage their own money, she said, "the family respects them more, and so does the community."

Here are some businesses, exhibiting at a global meeting on ending sexual violence in London this week, whose wares help women heal.

From London to Kabul and back

Delicate needlework from Damascus

Coffee can help heal

Gem Therapy

Guatemala's "Trama Textiles"

Fashion for justice

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