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Peace through the empowerment of women

Shortly after September 11, 2001 I realized that I had a realization that women have an important role to play in peacebuilding. I created what I call a peace circle. Women gather in small groups and take turns answering 4 questions. When do I feel peaceful? When do I NOT feel peaceful? What would peace be for me? In the name of peace, what will I do? I now have all the materials assembled so that anyone, anywhere, can start such a circle. The materials are attached.

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share the voices's picture

Thanks , Sarah.

Thank you for the good material from you. I'll definitely think about those 4 questions myself and try to do what I should do in the name of peace that I will define.

Mmaefia's picture

Peace at home

When husband and wife think about these four questions, there will always be what i term "undefiled" home. When does the wife/husband feel peaceful?
What is peace at home? Do we really love as the word means or do we feel being loved? Finally in the name of peace, what will a husband/wife do?
When one feels peaceful in the marriage, the children also benefit. how loving it is to see children happily playing around a peaceful home.

My contribution in this case is to tell the men to give their wives all the needed attention and respect and their wives would reciprocate by loving them "madly" for our future prince and princesses.

Thanks Sarah for this wonderful idea about peace we all need it. I have started the circle at my workplace and i hope others would do same.

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

How is your peace circle?

How is your peace circle going? Have you noticed a difference at your work place? I would love to hear the impact of the peace circle on you and your colleagues.

All my best,

Jennifer Ruwart, World Pulse

Kusum's picture

Peace through the empowerment of women

Great!

Congratulations for this amazing and inspiring task!

We would like to start soon a peace circle in our SHG (Self Help Groups) women's community.

with warm regards and love,

Kusum

Sarah,

We are doing a peace circle Monday at the World Pulse office for International Day of Peace. (albeit, a day late!) Would you consider making a new journal post inviting our entire community to create peace circles in conjunction with this day? I'd like to publish the stories in a PulseWire update communication we are sending out next week.

http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

Jennifer

Mmaefia's picture

My peace circle

The peace circle in my office is doing very well and u would not believe others are eager knowing what is bringing about the harmony and peace at our department. very soon people in de office would be asked to give their own testimony about the Peace Circle.

Thank u very much for de insight.

Mmaefia

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

World Pulse Peace Circle

We at World Pulse HQ kick off every week with Monday Meditations. This is a time to reconnect with each other and our work by bringing World Pulse's core values of VOICE, CONNECTION, POSSIBILITY, INNOVATION, TRANSFORMATION, COURAGE, AND BEAUTY into the circle. During September we have been focusing on VOICE. This past Monday, we used our voices to make commitments to the Peace Circle.

I am still in awe by the love and kindness that emanated from our circle. What an honor to have shared that circle with Lisa, Corine, Ankur, Scott, Dave and Elsie.

We all agreed to share our stories here, so I'll start.

I feel peaceful when I am standing in my authentic self. I feel filled with light and love. Life feels in sync and I can see endless possibility.

I don't feel peaceful when I cannot authentically make a human connection, when I, or people around me, are coming from a place of scarcity, anger and fear.

Peace for me would be an opening of the universal heart center. We would meet each other where we are, without judgement or blame. We would come from a place of love, inclusion, and possibility.

In the name of peace I will show up authentically with love. I will come from a place of abundance.

With peace in my heart,
Jennifer

Hi Sarah,

I trust all is well with you and Bob. It is exciting to see the peace circle kit here. As you know from the article i worte for World Pulse in 2008, I used the peace circle model for women in the Internally Displaced People's (IDPs) camps in Kenya - such a powerful tool. We still have our circles of ten women's groups in Meru. Thank you for this wonderful gift that keeps one connected to peace and peacebuilding moment to moment.

Amani,

Karambu

Dr. Karambu Ringera
Founder and President, International Peace Initiatives
Vice President, Global Ecovillages Network (GEN) Africa
Advisory Board Member, Women Human Rights Institute, University of Toronto
Member and Delegate, Soroptimist Internationa

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