Thursday, December 19, 2013

world peace leaders



With the recent death of  a great leader Mandela  I am back pondering world peace leaders…Please take a minute to close your eyes and  see what names come to  mind when contemplating world peace leaders…. whose names come rolling easily off your tongue? Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Dali Lama, Ghandi, Malcom X, Mother Teresa.  Why do you think majority of names in our minds are men’s names? Why do these names come so easily to us? Why aren’t the names of great women peace leaders like Aung san Suukyi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchu, Mary Robinson, Nasrin Sotoudu, Buffy Saint-Marie immediately lightly and easily roll of our tongues?  Why aren’t the names of women peace leaders side by side with their great male peace counterparts? I believe Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Dali Lama, Ghandi would be the first to acknowledge and ponder too this absence and I believe Mother Teresa would be happy to share that lonely space.

Aung San Suu Kyi Burma
Nasrin Sotoudeh Iran
Mary Robinson Ireland
Buffy Saint-Marie Canadian-American Cree