Malala proved that girls can change the world and that the role of education as a key tool in peace-building cannot be over emphasised.
Malala is the youngest person to be awarded the global prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel prize for 2014 for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the rights of all children to education.
GIVE US THE HEART OF A GIRL…
We must prepare ourselves to know truth. We must prepare ourselves for taking on the world by creating peace in our words like the peace and serenity we see in nature. The beauty in our words honour humanity and humaneness. We should learn the skills of constructive and effective communication- nourish negotiation skills and norms, listening skills and conflict resolution. The clarity of the message we are trying to communicate is vital to ensuring peace and understanding. We should practice reflective listening. We should reach behind the words. We should find the truth as revealed verbally and non-verbally. True listening finds the truth, makes sense of and understand what others are talking about.Therefore, hearing is not the same as listening. We need to be active listeners. We all desire to hear and be heard. We all desire to communicate and be communicated to effectively. The understanding of others culture, values and practices shape the way we communicate. We should understand the nuances, the rhythms and patterns of productive, generative conversation.The way we communicate with others is essential in how we inform, speak, persuade and the manner of approach because we need to communicate with others in meaningful healthy ways. We should weigh our words with wisdom. We must know truth. We must make beauty. Words for peace makes beauty. by: Ayo Ayoola-Amale.
Wilpfer Ila Pathak was until her death the President of Women International League for Peace and Freedom, India Section. A former Professor. She was the founder of Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group (AWAG) Ila was an active member of MSD and Vice-President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties’ (PUCL) She was 80 years.
Ila, you told me you were ill but not that you were leaving us.
SPECIALLY FOR YOU DEAR-
Ila you lived life. Peacefully you sang a song of living. You have walked and lived with the sun. Ila you lived life.
WILPF will miss you! We will miss you!!! R.I.P
By Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq.
President, WILPF Ghana.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929-1968): His victories helped expand the rights of many African Americans. He touched the lives of many with his many accomplishments, strategies ans speeches. He spoke out fearlessly against segregation, economic, social and political inequality. He spoke against racism, economic inequality and the Vietnam war. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He is also known for his famous speech “I have a dream.” This speech reflects what King stood for. He was assassinated in 1968. MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948) : Gandhi was motivated to serve the poorest of the poor. He used the power of love, peace and tolerance to achieve independence of his country, India. Gandhi had the courage to stand for something. He used love, non-violence and peace as a powerful tool of social, economic and political change. Gandhi’s enduring legacy continues to inspire and motivate millions of people around the world. ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI (1181-1226) : The venerable St Francis of Assis life mirrored the life of Jesus Christ. He served the poor and the neglected. He called all creatures his brothers and sisters out of his true love for God, humanity and nature. We should be inspired by his famous prayer which begins, ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love. This is a testimony to his unconditional love for humanity. NELSON MANDELA (1918- ) : Nelson Mandela was the first South Africa President to be elected in a democratic election. He is a lawyer and author of the long walk to freedom. His life personifies struggle. He fought against apartheid, economic, social and political inequality. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for standing up against injustice and oppression in the society. He was released on February 11th 1990. Mandela and F.W. DE Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating South Africa’s transition to multiracial democracy. Mandela remains Africa’s hero. MOTHER TERESA (1910-1997): Mother Teresa spent her life providing service to the poorest of the poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, which consisted of over 4,500 sisters in 2012 and is active in 133 countries. The missionaries of Charity at the time of her passing away had 610 Missions, including hospitals, and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. The mission provides soup kitchens, children and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools which gave dignity to the living and dying. AUNG SAN SUU KYI (1945- ) : Her life is dedicated to freedom, peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights. She had been detained under house arrest in Burma for over a decade for fighting for democracy and justice. Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace P rize in 1991.
Peace means that the hungry are catered for, the poor are supported, the sick and weak are cared for, the oppressed are delivered. Peace means giving voice to the voiceless. Peace means respect for human rights and justice. Peace means justice between the generations. Peace means compassion for the afflicted and vulnerable. Peace means care for the earth and its creatures. Peace means the affirmation of the equal value of men and women. Peace means responsible stewardship of the natural environment. Peace means tolerance and dialogue. Peace means respect the dignity of the other. Peace means to harmonize different interests into sustainable development. Peace means a culture of mutuality and shared security. Peace means commitment to non-non-violence and disarmament. Peace means sustainable development and nation building. Peace means to respect the world’s diverse cultures, and religion. Peace means harmonious co-existence among people of different race, religion , culture, tradition and ethnic groups.
We mourn the death of 2,976 innocent people killed on September 11, 2001, and many more killed by terrorist activities around the world. Our thoughts are with all those that lived through the horror of that day. The world will never give in to terrorists! 9/11 is a reminder that LIFE IS FLEETING, LIFE IS UNCERTAIN, LIFE IS IMPERMANENT. We must NURTURE every moment, we must nurture every life with love, affection, laughter and beauty. Conflicts, Violence, war, guns, nuclear weapons and bombs cannot bring peace. We must make peace within- mind, body and soul. We must create peace in the world. PEACE IS POSSIBLE!
Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq.
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