Danica Anderson, PhD is a wealth of information on war crimes – she has been in Uganda, Serbia, Bosnia, Chad – has heard of the rapes and beatings of women and has witnessed the be-headings of girls. She has seen the violence – and embraces it from a social female justice point of view. As mentioned below, Danica is the only American attached to the International Criminal Court, in the capacity of Psycho-Social Victims Gender. In her words – in order for her to embrace the reality of what was happening in these countries she had to change her perspective – because the male model was not effective and their applications for healing the trauma that these people had experienced were costly – and not applicable to their needs.
In Danica’s words – when the women in these Serbian countries lost everything – they realized they had everything they needed. What was that? Tacit memory; intuition – finally the way of remembering that they were in the wrong garden. And in that remembering the women who had raped, beaten and abused began their own healing – by gathering and dancing in circle. Danica went to her place of remembering and somehow, this descendant of Serbian immigrants tapped into her tacit memory and out danced many of the women who danced the KOLO – known as the Hora in other countries.
Danica will share her thoughts on PTSD, trauma and the need for collective dance, singing, poetry to heal vs the individualized psychotherapy and prescription drugs that we accept to be the standard of care in developed countries.
She and I discussed changing neuro-pathways for healing – bringing men and children into circle to heal – and we talked about the Garden of Eve – the original matriarchal communities were women were revered for their intuition and knowing for sharing their wisdom through oral traditions that shape culture.
Unfortunately, what we have today is not culture-based – it is gynocide – the mass killing of women. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. We tied the interview into Sunday, Feb 14’s One Billion Rising – where millions of people in over 200 countries will gather and do a flash mob dance to bring awareness to ending violence against women. Worldwide 1 in 3 women will be raped beaten or abused.
Maternal fright – whether from an experience as a young girl – before pregnancy – during pregnancy (abuse rates are highest for pregnant women) or at delivery with a C-section – or post delivery – affects the neural developmental growth of our progeny. Not just our child, or grandchild – but our lineage.
Danica – stresses that we can no longer just “survive” we have to learn to “thrive” – and that will be done through the woman’s way and healing. Remembering – claiming and becoming strong in our power.
Danica has been invited to Afghanistan, Kabul- a very dangerous place for a woman to travel. The 1st Lady Rula Ghani asked her to come to the Women’s International Day event they are doing again. Women’s International Day is on March 8.
It is short notice to be sure to organize a trip to Afghanistan, Kabul. I do have all the logistics and lodgings covered since Simply doing this event is dangerous. Having the opportunity to be able to have access to Afghan women’s experiences involving 30 years of war has not been afforded previously. DA
Awomen (vs Amen)
Danica is a world traveling Forensic Psychotherapist, a trauma expert with global experience. She holds a doctorate clinical psychology. Danica came from a Serbian immigrant family. Her education and life experiences evolve from catastrophic intergenerational trauma. She is the only American attached to the International Criminal Court, in the capacity of Psycho-Social Victims Gender expert that has led her to Chad, Congo and Uganda bringing her face to face with catastrophic war and violence issues. She has been to Sri Lanka, India and in Haiti 9 days after the 2010 Earthquake. She was in Afghanistan for the Dept. of Defense (DoD) in 2013-14 and is currently writing a book on Afghan women.
Danika is the author of Blood and Honey The Secret Herstory of Women: South Slavic Women’s Experiences in a World of Modern-day Territorial Warfare. The book divulges how trauma erases the female-based community and culture that once forged an immense socio-psychological peaceful collective in Neolithic and Paleolithic Europe. In the face of modern day territorial warfare, South Slavic women possess a powerful, yet often neglected, tool that has the potential to heal grief-stricken communities around the world. The women’s stories represent more than the pale slips of paper found in interdisciplinary works of research; they are undervalued narratives, which many academic and medical experts consider to be nothing more than first-person accounts that offer little to the empirical community.
What is the Kolo?
The Kolo: A Circle of Healing
That Begins Where Humanity Ends
Female victims of war and horrific trauma learn how to heal themselves
through the ancient power of the South Slavic kolo—a round dance that
transforms and empowers as it helps end violence within entire communities.
Our story begins in Bosnia, site of recent and past genocides with brutal wars that have displaced and traumatized its people in unspeakable ways. The title is a reflection of this region and its many horrors since the word Balkan translates into blood and honey. All over the world, women, men and children have suffered immeasurably from horrific acts of violence in countries such as Kenya, the Congo, Rwanda, India, Sri Lanka, the Sudan and Uganda. Not only does the violence traumatize those who face it, the trauma remains with its victims wherever they travel and is passed down generation after generation.
The reality is, nothing has been effective in facing this grossly fecund intergenerational trauma—or finding a way to heal the wounds it causes. Women and children, especially young girls, bear the brunt of much of the violence perpetuated throughout the world. According to author Theodor Winkler, violence against women is the fourth-leading cause of premature death on the planet, ranking behind only disease, hunger and war.
“We are confronted with the slaughter of Eve, a systematic gendercide of tragic proportion,” wrote Winkler in his book, Women In An Insecure World. Unfortunately,
many in the international community don’t even consider rape a war crime.
Many media stories have explored violence but often portray women and children only in their victim roles, turning them into poster models for humanitarian aid agencies and allies. Yet, despite such media exposure and new rules of law concerning rape as war crimes, the ripple effect of trauma continues, scarring entire communities around the globe.
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