“These are women with whom you wouldn’t want to tangle. Tough cookies who have learned to shield their tender hearts because otherwise they’d be crushed. Women who, like all women, struggle with relationships, mother wounds, and mixed motives. Women who ponder the distinction between courage and a death wish, between the desire to alleviate suffering and the desire to escape. Women who ask the question we all ask, all the time: Does anything I do ever, really, help? Is “helping” even the goal?

Women who have been on the front lines in, among other places, Haiti, Katrina FEMA camps, the South Sudan, Pakistan, Syria, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Afghanistan.”

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Alison Hayes speaks with her former law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer about her experiences some of which she contributed in her Chasing Misery essay. Click here for the entire interview! The firm has listed Chasing Misery for their employees as, ‘your next inspirational read’!

“Alison Hayes moved to New York in 2010 to help establish the Protection of Civilians Unit at the UN Department of Peacekeeping. Still based in the Big Apple, she now works for the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, seconded by the UK government.”

What is Chasing Misery?

Chasing Misery is an anthology of essays written by women in humanitarian aid work.

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