International Women's Day 2019: #BalanceForBetter
Much has been said in recent years about the heavy impact on women of war, armed conflict and violence at every level. At the same time, women too often are perceived only as victims, and the strong leadership of women in the peacemaking field is neither recognised nor welcomed. The establishment of UN Women and the important work on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions indicate growing consciousness of this reality.
Pax Christi has witnessed for many years the powerful presence and the untiring commitment of women working for peace. Pax Christi leadership from the very beginning of our movement has been fully inclusive of women. Our international network strives to promote the visibility of this legacy and to consciously incorporate the witness and wisdom of women into our peace agenda at every level. Pax Christi has much to contribute to the global effort to bring the contribution of women more into the centre of the work for sustainable peace.
Resources for International Women's Day
- Join the campaign and celebrate the theme for this year, #BalanceforBetter with resources on the IWD2019 website.
- From Pax Christi UK, "Celebrating Women Peacemakers".
- Read about women and women's groups who were Pax Christi International Peace Award recipients: Women, Peace and Security Collective for Reflection and Action (Colombia); Mlle Justine Masika Biyamba; Women's Active Museum on War and Peace.
- Light a candle for all women peacemakers and use this prayer written by Palestinian women from Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Bethany, sent from our member organisation, the Arab Educational Institute (AEI). Watch this video using the prayer sent to us from the AEI.
- Watch the panel discussion at this past year's Voices of Faith event, Overcoming Silence: Women's Voices in the Abuse Crisis, featuring Pax Christi International's Virginia Saldanha.
- Join UNESCO's #WIKI4WOMEN campaign and participate in the Contributory Workshop on March 8th.
- See additional suggestions here from previous International Women's Days.