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anonymous asked:

Hola. Podrías ayudarme dándome nombres de hombres o mujeres que hayan luchado por la paz? Gracias ☺

Hola ¿Cómo estás?  

 Escogí a estas personas porque pienso que luchar contra la injusticia es luchar por la paz.  

Malala Yousafzai: Ella lucha para que las niñas reciban educación en países donde está prohibido que las niñas sean educadas.  

Rigoberta Menchu Tum: Ella luchó contra el régimen en su país Guatemala y defendió los derechos de los indígenas.  Fue mediadora en el proceso de paz entre el gobierno y la guerrilla de su país.

Martin Luther King: Luchó por los derechos civiles y lucho en contra de la guerra de Vietnam.

Leymah Gbowee: Lideró un movimiento de mujeres cristianas y musulmanas para detener la guerra en su país y lograron que el presidente Charles Taylor fuera condenado por crímenes de guerra siendo uno de los primeros presidentes en ser condenado por crímenes de guerra.

Theresa Kachindamoto: Lucha en contra del matrimonio infantil, hasta el momento ha anulado 850 matrimonios forzados.

Leymah Gbowee: activist.

Amongst other things, she:

Was responsible for leading a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. 


In the spring of 2002, Gbowee was spending her days employed in trauma-healing work and her evenings as the unpaid leader of WIPNET (Women in Peacebuilding) in Liberia.


Working across religious and ethnic lines, Gbowee led thousands of Christian and Muslimwomen to gather in Monrovia for months. They prayed for peace, using Muslim and Christian prayers, and eventually held daily nonviolent demonstrations and sit-ins in defiance of orders from the tyrannical president at that time, Charles Taylor.


They staged protests that included the threat of a curse and a sex strike. Of the strike, Gbowee says, “The strike lasted, on and off, for a few months. It had little or no practical effect, but it was extremely valuable in getting us media attention." In a highly risky move, the women finally occupied a field that had been used for soccer; it was beside Tubman Boulevard, the route Charles Taylor traveled twice a day, to and from Capitol Hill. 
-From wikipedia

Let’s try an even more awesome example. In the war-ravaged African nation of Liberia, it’s the Muslims who are the minority in a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian. They were in the middle of two consecutive decades of civil war, where factions of warlords basically staged a reality show where whoever committed the most atrocities won the country. Finally, a woman named Leymah Roberta Gbowee started convincing other women – Muslims and Christians both – to stand up and demand an end to the war. From mosque to church they went, recruiting women who were as fed up as they were.

These women proceeded to get right in the faces of the warlords, demanding an end to the violence. Keep in mind, this isn’t like protesting in America, where maybe you get pepper sprayed and spend a night in jail on a disorderly conduct charge. These are warlords who used drugged children as battlefield drones and mutilated the faces and limbs of anyone who stood in their way. These are people who used rape as a military tactic.

But in 2003, this group of women protested and shouted and increased their numbers, demanding that the warring factions sit down at the peace table and hammer out a truce. And they did. They actually stopped the war just to shut them up. Liberia held its first democratic elections two years later.

6 True Stories That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Leymah Gbowee (b. 1972) is a Liberian peace activist, the leader of a movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. For her efforts, she was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside her conational Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

She started her humanitarian efforts working for UNICEF during the First Civil War. She was a volunteer in trying to counsel and rehabilitate former child soldier who had lived through traumatic moments. Upon leading the women’s movement, she managed to mobilize women from many different African nations in mass protests and actions for peace.

Danai’s “FIVE FAVE AUTHORS”

August Wilson: I was privileged to make my Broadway debut in his Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. The man just knew so much about humanity.

Anton Chekhov: His plays are what I think every author dreams of writing. Funny, sad, full of the contradictions of life.

Leymah Gbowee: Her autobiography, Mighty Be Our Powers, always inspires me. So much pain and hardship, yet so much hope.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I find her novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, a book that stays alive in my heart.

The Bible: Because everything is in it. Everything.

— 

Danai Gurira -New Zimbabwe.com

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I’m a day late and a dollar short on most TV happenings since I don’t have cable.  But I always make sure to watch the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (along with The Colbert Report) and I usually don’t know a majority of the guests he has on unfortunately.  But I am always fascinated and impressed by a lot of the extremely intelligent, courageous and passionate people he has on and last night’s guest, Leymah Gwobee, was no exception.

This is the 2nd half of the interview that wasn’t aired but was put up on the Daily Show website.  If I am really intrigued with a guest (and usually Jon knows when to keep people there for longer) I will check out the rest of the interview.  Well, I was not emotionally prepared for the story she told in this part of the interview and things usually do not affect me in such a dramatic manner but for lack of a better phrase, I lost my shit.  This makes all my problems (and all of my friends’ problems) look like baby town frolics.

Needless to say, I will definitely be checking out the documentary that chronicles Gwobee’s efforts and struggles during and after the Liberian Civil War, “Pray the Devil  Back to Hell”.

Oh, did I mention Leymah won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize? So, there’s that too.

“As a woman and a mother, I pray for the safe return of all the abducted girls. I also applaud the strength of the women who continue to fight for them. They are African women — women who can function under the harshest conditions, who in the face of murder and rape continually stand up to fight. Strong. Resilient. Powerful. It is time for the world to put away the image of African women as victims and see them as the everyday heroes they are.”

- Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate

Read more via the Los Angeles Times.

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A friend texted me this morning in regards to Spike Lee’s new movie Chiraq and the connection to the sex strikes in Liberia. Although I have yet to see the movie, I will say this much: it is important that the works of many powerful Liberian women, including Leymah Gbowee are not trivialized. It is important that context is given to the sex strikes that occurred and we are not twisting it to fit a certain narrative. The war in Liberia didn’t end because of sex strikes. These women were advocating and putting their bodies on the line for years. While the sex strikes catapulted international discussion, it was not the sole reason for the end of Liberia’s civil war. Also, let me add that it was a Muslim woman that came up with the idea of having a sex strike and the credit cannot solely be given to Gbowee.