Two slices of apple cake were brought to the two women who works at WSA’s canteen as a very small act of dissent. We recognize each-other based on previous brief friendly bits of conversations. I felt that this act will not humiliate or embarrass any of us. One may ask How is it dissenting? The answer is that bringing the apple cake slightly un-settles the norm of the daily monetary exchange, thus creating a pause for critical reflection on this exchange.
If apathy is an active force, we must turn empathy into an active force as well. Wisdom, understanding, compassion, humanism and … the influence of women, must be brought into our global political and cultural discourse as agents of change. Let us not forget that globalisation is not only about the rise of information technology and circulation of capital, it also means that our stories, and therefore our destinies, are interconnected.’ – Elif Shafak, The Guardian, Saturday 12 September 2015, p. 3.