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War Child

Passionately committed to marginalised communities, Thrive LawChanger Ayan Said has written and recorded a reading of her poem "War Child". Creating diverse and inclusive safe spaces is central to Ayan's work supporting marginalised communities.


War Child

Meaning resilience was embedded into my DNA from the start

As I learned to walk with lions,

Found peace with chaos and conflict as an infant.

Women in war zones surviving mortality rates higher than current statistics

Where in the UK,

40 percent more Black women miscarry in comparison to their counterparts,


I can't put into words the miracles of being women

And the way our bodies are ripped open to continue our species

Despite the neglect and abuse we face for just existing.

Women who lost loved ones to war

And the consequences of migration

But still women like my Mother

Overcame adversities

Raised us into adulthood

Where we are now

Unlearning and relearning

What it means to be human.

I found my voice and founded Voicing Voices to make a statement.

That we will no longer tolerate any glass ceilings.

We are united intergenerationally,


Globalisation is in our favour.

We are not ashamed to own our space

To spread our wings

And design better days

Because we now

See and believe in the value we can add to any seat we sit in

Educated and aware.

We will not accept second-class citizen standards

Or treatments.

That's your illusion.

We're magnificent.

Diversity and inclusion,

Misinterpreted, misdirected, misguided,

For policies just to tick a box.

Having women on your board is to your advantage.

Economically, we innately possess transformational skills

For the leadership that we are prevented from accessing.

We're opening summits for business fights, poverty

Working with experts and global leaders committed to gender equity.

Analysing policies with our partners at Thrive and Law Change-makers.

Connecting communities, sisters

In solidarity

We're continuing better conversations.

We celebrate Her-story every month of the year,

But there's just something about the energy March brings that excites me

That gets us standing


Against all forms of gender-based violations.

We have no room for discrimination.

We are designing safer spaces for a sustainable tomorrow.

So on International Women's Day

Make sure you participate and celebrate everything it means

To be a woman.


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