Hallelujah to the Nobel Peace Committee! By honoring three brave, determined women - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakul Karman, they shine light on true heroines of our time. This prize of prizes points to two realities that politicians, academics, and media have long downplayed. Women and those they care for suffer disproportionately in war and conflict. But they are also at the forefront of work for peace. Women tend to be shoved to the sidelines when it comes to negotiations and treaties,barely visible in photos of the peace tables across the world. But where it really matters you find women at work. The Nobel trio honors hundreds of thousands of unsung heroines in far flung, often dark corners of the world.
Happily women's suffering, the unthinkable brutality of war and rape as a common weapon, women's creativity and potential, and women's rights to respect and power get far more attention today than a decade ago, not least because people like the three new Laureates have forced change.
But there's a special dimension that gets precious little attention: religion as an inspiration for women's work for peace, and the support they get from their faith communities. Religious peacemakers like Archbishop Desmond Tutu (whose birthday we celebrate today) and Mahatma Gandhi are icons among peacemakers. But women in religious communities, working doggedly to bring peace, are often invisible. With formal religious leadership so heavily dominated by men, it's the men who are generally at the forefront. But, if you look more carefully, you find the women.
Sometimes women welcome a shroud of invisibility: they cite modesty but also the benefits of being unseen and unremarked. But women's invisibility matters, and nowhere more so than within religious circles and communities. Women often see avenues that the male leaders miss. They also can tap reservoirs of strength and ideas that women and men who work outside religious mindsets and institutions can ignore. It's not a simple matter as the boundaries among categories are blurred. But it's a strong tendency that needs to be addressed.
Putting faith at the fore adds new perspectives. It forces a deeper look at what peace means because true peace is far more than just silencing the guns. Looking at peace more broadly brings in many fields where women are active and that are truly essential to peace--from development and public health to political advocacy--all contribute to creating stable, just, and peaceful societies.
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From The Urantia Book:
84:6.4 "Woman, however, has always been the moral standard-bearer and the spiritual leader of mankind. The hand that rocks the cradle still fraternizes with destiny."
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