Session Seven of the Tend-the-Root Talk Series.
A talk and discussion led by Peggy O'Neil, 17-year Executive Director of Wise of the Upper Valley.
How we individually and collectively define and experience love impacts us all. For survivors of domestic and sexual violence, love is often used as a reason to harm or control another person. When the concept of love is a mystery and not well defined, it can be used to control, harm and dominate. Peggy will share her personal and professional perspectives on the meaning of love and its role in gender-based violence. We are at a time and place in our work in the gender-based violence field to transform our relationship with love and join others in new and transformative ways, and intentionally shifting how we approach our work and create change. This includes defining love holistically and as central to our work. Love as active, generative and intentional can be a check on individual and societal structures of power, control and harm.