Women Call for Peace Resolution Implementation
"Voices from the Frontlines" Was Part of the Peace Fair
In “Voices from the Front Lines,” women from conflict areas around the world shared their experiences on why women need to be involved in decisions that define just and reconciliatory processes on every level.
The event took place in the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York Oct. 25 and was part of the Peace Fair commemorating the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).
A woman’s role in the implementation of peace in postconflict areas is crucial, the women said. They also said that while wars and politicking by mostly men happen at the top, women are calling for peace, because they are the ones most affected by it through rape, death, violence, poverty and hunger as the sources of stability, the capstones in the family.
The general call for action was for genuine inclusion of women at the negotiating table and beyond, not just at the national level but starting from the local level. Women must not only be at the table but be in action and solidarity with the community in implementing peace from the beginning.
The participating women included:
- Sameena Nazir of Pakistan with Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA), one of United Methodist Women’s international partners
- Andrea Zeravcic of Bosnia/Herzogovina with Save the Children
- The Rev. Marta Benavides of El Salvador with the International Institute for Cooperation Among Peoples and Siglo XXIII
- Christiana N. Harmon of Liberia with United Methodist Women of Liberia and the West African Central Conference Women’s Network
- Indai Sajor, whose work spans Asia, currently with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Fiji
- Andelina Zuñiga of Colombia with the National Ecumenical Network of Women for Peace and the Return with Dignity program
- Doris Salah of Palestine with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
Olympia’s Daughters, an a cappella women’s group, provided music between the women’s stories, singing songs of social justice. Artwork from the Millennium Art Academy in the Bronx was on display around the chapel during the program, including paintings, photography and collages of artists’ interpretations of UNSCR 1325.
United Methodist Women co-hosted the event with the World Council of Churches and Lutheran Office for World Community.
Leigh Rogers is the public relations executive for the Women's Division.