Creating a World Worth Loving for Lifetimes to Come

Creating a World Worth Loving for Lifetimes to Come

We’re here to end it,
I said & she said, No,
We’re here to begin it

& then she turned &
opened her arms
& everywhere I could see,
there were people,
like bright birds, calling
with a thousand voices
& suddenly I understood.

Here is where it begins.
With all of us, together
giving our daughters
a world worth loving
for a lifetime to come.
–Brian Andreas, 2006

I came across this poem a few years ago and was deeply touched. This poem speaks to the power of mobilizing people to envision the world we see in our dreams, rather than simply ending something we disdain or believe is wrong. The notion of ending violence against women and girls has been a lifelong passion of mine, and has been the guiding force behind my work with Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund. My participation in the Move To End Violence Initiative has rekindled my conviction that until we as a community, society, and world begin to believe in a future that is full of peace, love, and equality—we will continue to struggle in our individual efforts to end and lessen the impact that violence has on all of us. Everyone has a role to play, however big or small in creating a world that supports the infinite potential of all human beings, but we need to act with a sense of urgency. So, let’s remember how far we have come as a movement, but also renew and reinvigorate our efforts in a collective push for change. Let’s join together to create a world worth loving for lifetimes to come. WE are here to begin it…

Leiana Kinnicutt
Leiana Kinnicutt
Program Director, Children & Youth Program
Futures Without Violence

Since 2003, Leiana Kinnicutt has worked for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES). She is currently a Program Director in the Children & Youth Program. Learn More

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