Supporter Spotlight: Deborah Bassett
Interview with Deborah Bassett, Volunteer Ambassador from Seattle
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am originally from Pensacola, FL and now live in Seattle, WA, where I am a completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine on post-traumatic stress disorder in North American indigenous populations. I am an ethnographer of communication who investigates the role of communication and culture in health. When I’m not working I enjoy exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast and spending time with my husband, Lowell, and my French bulldog, Buster.
2. Why do you support women survivors of war and Women for Women International?
A few years ago a friend and I were talking about the many challenges women face worldwide. I said to her, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an international organization that we could be part of that was directly helping women in the most vulnerable regions of the world?” A few days later I happened across a mention of Women for Women International online and found exactly the organization I had been wishing for! I signed up as a sponsor that day and shortly afterwards became an ambassador. Sponsoring my sister Monica in South Sudan and learning about the challenges she faces is a humbling reminder of all the things I have to be grateful for that I so often take for granted, like clean drinking water and freedom from violence, to name a few.
3. Why do you think it’s important for people to take action and get involved in their communities on behalf of women around the world?
The problems that women and their families face around the world are dire but we can make a significant and lasting difference by partnering with our communities, raising awareness and support for our sisters. I strongly believe that the health and well-being of women worldwide is indicative of the health of our world as a whole. We simply cannot sit idly by while women and their families are devastated by war and violence. I have found that everyone I meet wants to be part of making a difference in these areas. They just don’t know how to do it!
4. What tips would you give people who want to plan a fundraising/awareness event in their community?
Fund-raising events are a wonderful way to connect with others who share your passion for helping women around the world. Partner with existing advocacy groups and businesses in your community. My experience has been that people are excited about Women for Women International and delighted to participate in community events. Plan ahead, be flexible, and have fun!
5. What are your hopes for the women we serve around the world?
I am optimistic about the futures of the women we serve! As they learn the skills and receive the tools they need to rebuild their lives, they are teaching their daughters and sons how to break the cycle of poverty and violence.
6. Anything else you’d like to say to fellow supporters of Women for Women International?
I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful family of supporters. When I speak at fund-raising events, I tell supporters that I envision all of us holding hands across the world. Regardless of where we come from, we are united in our hopes and dreams for a better world for all of us.
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