“We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free.” Leymah Gbowee
How many times have we heard people talking about peace? Peace is not something that should be discussed, but something that we should all work on day by day in our community to achieve. I have chosen Leymah Gbowee as the most intriguing Laureates that have been announced for the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum in March 2014. She not only talked about peace but she fought for it. Women empowerment has an important effect in many post-conflict countries. Leading a women’s peace movement to end the second Liberian Civil War was definitely not easy, but Leymah Gbowee had the determination to fight for peace.
The quote above speaks to me as I believe that a strong sisterhood bond and the implementation of gender equality policies are necessary in the process of peace building. As Leymah Gbowee has led a women’s peace movement to end the second Liberian Civil War, many Rwandan women have been leaders in bringing peace to Rwanda by ending the Tutsi genocide and pushing for reconciliation afterwards.
The determination of women such as Leymah Gbowee should not be forgotten in a world where “four women are raped every five minutes” in the Democratic Republic of Congo It is absolutely necessary that the new generations grow up with women as role models in order to overcome the normality of women’s subordination to men and the prejudice about women’s natural inferiority towards men.