Dominique Christina on How Words Have the Power to Change Worlds

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In a recent interview with Women For One, Dominique Christina explores the origins of identity through language.

Truth is about being faithful to the accuracy of identity.

In a recent interview, writer and poet Dominique Christina, and Women For One founder Kelly McNelis Senegor discuss the way in which words are able to impact the global community as a whole. In this interview, they explore the idea of changing communities through poetry, and challenging culturally reinforced expressions that disempower groups.

Dominique Christina explains that the feeling that she’d been “raised by giants” made her acutely aware of how her family negotiated to give her a better future – especially since her aunt was one of the Little Rock 9 during the Civil Rights movement. Her family's history inspired her to take a closer look at the ways she described herself. Finding them to be out of sync with her vision of the world she channels this idea of language analysis and heritage to explore the idea of identity.

In addition, Dominique Christina talks about her recent TED talk – Words Make Worlds. She describes how language carries culture and influences methods of thinking. Through the misuse of language, many groups - including women - adopt the status of “victim”. The clarity of analyzing the contact with language helps empower these groups to become more authentic, and transform their lives into a world that is reflective of who they truly are. Dominique Christina's TED talk echoes the Women For One philosophy that when someone expresses their truth, that truth becomes empowering. Through words - whether written or spoken - women can reclaim language, and thus reclaim their “self”.

This ties into Women For One’s mission to encourage and inspire women worldwide to empower themselves and change their communities for the better. For example Kelly McNelis Senegor notes the women on the Women For One team in the Middle East, who fight for feminism every day - through sharing their stories and their truth, they are working to build a safe haven for other women in similar communities.

Besides sharing inspiring stories from the global community, Women For One also strives to help charitable organizations and present wisdom of powerful community advocates, leaders and spiritual thinkers such as Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, and Amanda Palmer. For more information, visit http://www.womenforone.com.

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