Where would you put your money as an investor? A leading campaigner against gender-based violence says there is only one answer – invest it in women in conflict zones.

“Conflict zones have the biggest potential for change,” Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women, told delegates at the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford last week.

“If I were an investor I’d invest in conflict zones and women who live there,” said Ensler, author of the award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

She spoke at a session called “Victors, Not Victims: Women Driving Social Change and Striving for Peace in Conflict Zones,” which included panelists from some of the most dangerous places in the world for women.

Fartuun Abdisalaan Adan, one of the panelists, returned to Somalia, a country in the midst of what aid agencies say is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, to continue the work of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, after her husband was killed by warlords.