Re-cap from facilitators Ilco van der Linde from MasterPeace and Elischia (2013):
In today’s session, you can expect to:
– Learn about the vision of MasterPeace: how they envision the world after the 2015 deadline for the MDGs.
– The link between what EOTO World sees as strategies to tackle poverty after 2015 and women peace builders
– Examples of a culture of peace is in action with groups using non-violent strategies that you can pull inspiration from.
The Missing Links to Peace
MasterPeace believes the missing links in the discussion of peace is disarmament and conflict resolution.
What do you think the missing links are?
Much like MasterPeace, at EOTO World, we see a vision for eradicating poverty by way of peace, only our focus is that we must build peace as a culture. To paraphrase a saying of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) since war starts in the hearts in minds of men, in the hearts and minds of men we must build a will toward peace.
More about UNESCO for your own education about what they do can be found here:
Primary Prevention is Key
We can have disarmament and conflict resolution, but we need to have a primary prevention angle to ensure a win-win outcome. For EOTO World, that means the full scope of a culture of peace as a way to not only build peace, but tackle poverty past the 2015 targets for the MDGs.
In the last discussion, we talked about challenges for women peace builders, and a lot of those challenges had to do directly with poverty and violence within her environments. Poverty and violence creates a strain on women participating in formal negotiations for peace.
We must have both, the women on the ground that have always built the groundswell for peace and the women in formal negotiations. We learned in our last session that what happens to women do not just affect them, but their entire families.
Raise Your Voice for Peace by Way of Eradicating Poverty
There is a way that women peace builders can bring their voices to an international audience as well as each type of activist, peace builders and ordinary citizens.
The UN has been having consultations with different groups since the end of 2012 and will continue to as they begin the internal dialogue about what goals to have to improve on some of the gains made prior to 2015.
The UN and Beyond 2015 worked together to create an online platform where people can share their ideas about what should be done about poverty after 2015.
Beyond 2015 believes strongly in focusing on the people and places most vulnerable to the effects of poverty, so we are all very interested in gaining diverse ideas and voices in the platform.
There is a valid concern that this type of platform would only reach people that can afford to have internet access. That is true, but this is a start.
The UN did not start crowd sourcing information like this until the Rio+20 process, which is the UN Conference for Sustainable Development. Both EOTO World participated as an organization and Elischia participated as an individual in online discussions.
The Rio+20 platform was successful and the World We Want platform is a way to replicate the same process to affect how governments will tackle poverty in their nation.
It is important to raise your voice and for those that do not have internet access, we encourage you to gather their thoughts! Work with an organization to gain access if you don’t have access already and literally go and have community talks to get a sense from them what they are hoping for.
You must make sure that you get approval before speaking on behalf of others; review with them what you have understood what they said. Not assuming on behalf of others is living a culture of peace through solidarity, seeking to understand and respecting all life.