Gemaket: “Together, we help each other dare to speak up”

Gemaket is a Kvinna till Kvinna programme in which girls and young women who have recently arrived in Sweden get to meet girls who grew up here. We talk to Caroline Westerlund, one of the leaders of Gemaket’s Stockholm group, about her role in the programme.

Caroline Westerlund, one of the leaders of the Gemaket programme. Photo: Julia Örtegren.
Caroline Westerlund, one of the leaders of the Gemaket programme. Photo: Julia Örtegren.

Hi Caroline! What is your role in Gemaket, and why did you join the programme?

“I’m one of the leaders of the Gemaket group in Stockholm. I was invited to do this because I’ve been a Kvinna till Kvinna volunteer for a while. It sounded like fun, and I felt it was important to help establish Kvinna till Kvinna’s first programme in Sweden.”

What part of Gemaket are you looking forward to?

“I look forward to sharing experiences with other girls. Talking about the experiences we have in common and the ones that set us apart, to let us understand what other young women go through. And of course I hope there will be a lot of inspiring, girl power moments!”

What has Gemaket taught you so far?

“I’ve learned that there’s so much strength and power to be found in togetherness – especially in sisterhood. Together, we can support each other to dare to speak up!”

Why should others consider becoming a Gemaket group leader?

“I can recommend being a group leader because you learn a LOT, it’s an exciting challenge and you’ll have heaps of fun.”

18 October 2012