Can Women Stop War?
It’s not a rhetorical question.
Last week, in front of a packed audience at Harvard’s JFK Jr. Forum, five women leaders from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Syria gathered onstage with Inclusive Security’s founder and chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, to demonstrate the answer.
This was far from merely an intellectual exercise. These women—and the nine others who participated in our annual Colloquium—are actively organizing to stop war, prevent the recurrence of conflict, and rebuild communities. They, and millions of women across the world, are staging what Colombian activist and Colloquium participant Camila Medina Arbelaez called “a daily revolution,” coming together across tribal, religious, or other divides to change the course of history in their countries and the world.
Can women stop war? They can, and are.
Read coverage of this year’s Forum in Harvard Magazine.
The Twitterverse was abuzz Tuesday night with #wagingpeace. Here are a few of our favorites:
"The only way for people who are opressed & marginalized to have a voice is to organize" Irene Santiago @InclusvSecurity #wagingpeace
— HONEY AL SAYED (@honeysayed) January 15, 2014
Peace is a process of increasing connectors and decreasing disruptors. Find a way 2 connect as a soul. – Irene Santiago #wagingpeace
— Zsuzsi Lippai (@zsuzsiness) January 15, 2014
Powerful, inspiring women with @SwaneeHunt #wagingpeace #JFKForum pic.twitter.com/YFVgudswNR
— Rachel Isaacs (@rxi) January 14, 2014
All our beautiful, powerful, inspiring bell-ringers (plus one future male ally) @InclusvSecurity #wagingpeace pic.twitter.com/hPTzbVBe2b
— Kristin Williams (@Kristin_Will) January 15, 2014
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