Becca Harkin is Habitat's Communications Officer. She shared her story with us to raise her voice for women who are still fighting for the right to shelter.
1 in 4 people in our world don’t have a safe place to call home.
That’s what the word “home” has always meant to me. Security. Stability. A place you can feel safe.
For a lot of people, that means being physically safe. Safe from disaster or harm. Safe behind a door that locks and a roof that doesn’t let the rain in.
Since being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, home is the place I can get away from the outside world. Where I am able to take time to focus on myself. Where I can live without fear of being judged. Where I can try to deal with my mental health, in a safe and loving environment.
Millions of women around the world aren’t able to find sanctuary in their homes. Their physical and mental well-being is put at risk and they live in fear of eviction or worse.
This October, as part of the inaugural One World Festival NI, Habitat will launch a photo exhibition, to highlight the inequalities in housing faced by women around the world.