Stitching the Unspeakable


   Survivors of sexual and gender-based violence– even if they are trapped in war zones or displaced as refugees– deserve a full opportunity to heal from the deep psychological wounds they have suffered. But rarely are long-term psychological services available where rape is a pervasive weapon of war.
Inspired by ancient cultural practices, and validated by current neuro-scientific understandings of trauma, Common Threads Project has developed a unique and effective group recovery program.

   In a safe and supportive environment, women create story cloths to depict experiences that may be hard to express in words. This becomes an entry point for a multi-dimensional therapeutic process. We build local capacity through training and mentoring, build successful interventions and conduct rigorous research. The CTP approach empowers women as they make their journey

From victims to survivors to agents of change