Listen to the Women

TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 5 Apr 2021

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Apr 2021 – It’s been difficult this year to find positive news for the blog. One thing is for certain: that we need radical change in the world.

This month, however, the women of the world give us reason to hope for the future, as we see from the CPNN bulletin. Around the world millions of women risked the covid pandemic and took to the streets to demand radical change.

Here were some of the demands and slogans on the signs they held.

ABORTO LEGAL
HUELGA FEMINISTA
REBEL WITH A CAUSE
She is not half-world. She is the whole world.
#NeverAgain to a fascist dictatorship
#ME TOO

The following interview tells us where the change will come from. It was recorded by Alcinda Honwana with Quitéria Guirengane, a Mozambican female activist and the President of the Mozambican Young Women Leaders’ Network.

“There are many youth groups and associations, formal and informal, fighting for what they believe is a better and fair society. For me, it was important to establish closer links with those other groups or individuals, especially at district level. This led me to create the Young Women Leaders’ Network, an informal network that brings together young women from different backgrounds from all over the country; we are currently building a database of young female leaders from different fields – activists, artists, community organizers, entrepreneurs, scholars, athletes and the like . . .

“I am a member of various Pan-African networks and organizations such as: the Pan-African Youth Forum for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa; the Southern Africa Platform for Young Women Leaders; the African Network for the Right to Protest; and the Solidarity Network for Political Prisoners in Africa; and the Global Network of Young Women Leaders. Through these various continental and international networks, I have learned that well-structured continental-wide action can be very effective, when it engages the right players, defends coherent messages, values community knowledge, and stands-up for fair causes. . . .

“We keep close links with our counterparts in other African countries, such as Angola, DRC, Tunisia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. . . .

“Despite the lack of support, young Africans continue to fight. Bobi Wine continues to fight; the Angolan activists, even after spending months in prison, remain active, as do the Mozambican activists who are routinely intimidated and attacked by the authorities. I have a lot of hope in our Pan-African networks such as Afrikiki Mwinda and others.

“Change will come from within, from us. The revolution will have to be done by the African activists, by ourselves, without waiting for the support of the international community, and beyond our corrupt national institutions. All this time, we have been playing by the rules, constituting ourselves in formal organizations, getting all the permissions to protest peacefully, running for elections and putting across our ideas; but the rules of the game, as established, are fundamentally flawed and unjust.

“Every time we played by their rules, we have been duped, side-lined, maimed and sometimes killed. We are getting tired and we are saying enough! The world should not be surprised if one day young people resolve to take power by force, with violence.”

We’ve said it before and we say it again: Listen to the women !

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Dr. David Adams is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment and coordinator of the Culture of Peace News Network. He retired in 2001 from UNESCO where he was the Director of the Unit for the UN International Year for the Culture of Peace.  Previously, at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, he was a specialist on the brain mechanisms of aggressive behavior, the history of the culture of war, and the psychology of peace activists, and he helped to develop and publicize the Seville Statement on Violence. Send him an email.

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