When my younger sister, Lilly, first told me that she was going to Palestine, I thought she was nuts… all those images of dead or damaged people, with limbs blown off, and bandages all over the faces, as well as images of children and women screaming, in pain, whether physical or emotional – all those images popped into my head.
(I still wonder how Israel is reportedly the 11th “happiest” country in the world when they are the same country as Palestine, yet the Palestinians, specifically ones living in Gaza, are stuck in the “largest open air prison in the world” – ironic some?)
As I mentioned in my previous posts, My sister; making waves for women in Palestine! and Skate for peace with SkatePAL, Lilly is not only training to be an architect, but she’s also an avid skateboarder, and activist for women’s rights (among other causes).
So when she came back after 2 months of hard work in sweltering heat, I understood from her stories, and that of her co-volunteers, exactly what her experience was like, as a woman, a non-Muslim woman, in a male-dominated sport, as well as that part of the world.
She is inspirational – and here’s an interview with her, and the only other female co-volunteer, explaining more about the situation out there, their hopes and dreams for the future, and especially in relation to making male-dominated sports and careers more accessible to women.
You can follow Lilly on Twitter @lillyheinhart – she’s quite the inspiration 🙂