Could you tell us about your background?
I'm a Libyan girl. I was born and lived all my life in France, and I was an activist there for women's rights and against discrimination. But my roots are here. I came back here and worked for NGOs. I was with an international organization initially. I discovered that even in humanitarian organizations people make money off of people's suffering. There was no action, just meetings and assessments, because with these assessments you get money out of donors. I said, "If you'll give me just a little of the money, I'll do psychosocial centers. I'll support children. I'll do the job. But you stay in five-star hotels." So I resigned, even though I had a very good salary.
Read more of Salwa's story in Speaking Their Peace.