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
Guatemala's "Trama Textiles"
Fashion for justice
Jina Moore is the global women's rights correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Berlin.
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