Thursday, 8 March 2012

Gender equality and the road to peace

In honour of IWW and IWD:

In November of 2011 I had the pleasure of visiting Ottawa for the Women as Peacemakers Conference at St. Paul University. While there I interviewed a number of amazing, interesting and vibrant women working for peace. Some were educators, others activists, others artists, therapists, mothers, daughters... the list goes on. The one thing that resonated throughout the whole event was this; women's equality is paramount to attaining the goal of global peace. 

I honour of International Women's Day I would like to share with you the definition of peace given by one of our wonderful interviewees - educator, academic and activist, Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims - and urge you to consider the implications of this definition on the plight for global gender equality. 

Cheshmak on Peace by NUPRI

For more interviews like this one visit us on youtube.

According to Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims and most of the other agents of peace we have interviewed, gender equality and social justice are key to achieving peace. Please leave your comments below.

A side note: our Eating on a Budget with a Conscience Challenge ended today. Be sure to check out the submissions and testimonials!

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