A World of Women for World Peace
Every year hundreds of international peace activists, politicians, and local citizens gather in Dallas to share solutions on how to increase the role of women in bringing peace to areas of conflict and political unrest across the globe. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (30th District of Texas) began “A World of Women for World Peace” to bring greater visibility to those who are victims of war and conflict and to raise awareness of women who are promoting non-violent conflict resolution within their communities.
Through this year’s theme, “Women, World Peace and Security,” we will examine how women in conflict zones are using education and becoming financially independent by participating in governance/peace building efforts directed at political and social change. It is with dialogues like this that we are able to not only shed light on those particular women promoting peace but also come away with inspiration, awareness, and new knowledge on how we can all actively participate. This year’s keynote speaker is Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe recognized by Time Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential People in 2014. Sister Nyirumbe gives hope for women scarred by war (click on link to learn more about Sister Nyirumbe Time Magazine article by Forest Whitaker: http://time.com/70892/rosemary-nyirumbe-2014-time-100/ ).
This year’s conference will feature international and American peace activists. Presenters include Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Gulu, Uganda, Mu Naw Di, a survivor of war conflict in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Additional presenters include Nikiya Natale, a distinguished immigration attorney for Refugee Services of Texas, and international speaker and peace-building trainer Robyn Short will serve as the moderator.
On how the 'A World of Women for World Peace' came about:
"Throughout my time in office, I have seen first-hand the pillage of war. Shortly after experiencing the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, I saw on the cover of Newsweek magazine, two boys from Liberia who were 12 and 14 years old all dressed in war gear with machine guns, and I just thought enough was enough. I wondered how our world had come to this place of aggression, and I knew that I had to do something to be a part of bringing a culture of peace to the world," said Congresswoman Johnson. "My efforts started with women who are the mothers of young boys like the ones I saw on the cover of that magazine, whose lives are sacrificed in the name of war. We must recognize and empower these women to facilitate peace-building, peacemaking, and peace-keeping activities across the world. We must also recognize the experts and leaders who help us to plant the seeds of peace. Today's conference helps us to re-emphasize the necessity of peace and diplomacy across the globe."