Equality for Peace

Letter From the Editor | Issue #4

Equality

10.12.2020

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Victoria Waething
Photo by: Prescilla du Preez

Equality and diversity are crucial components in wars zones to create peace. Let us remember the right to equality for all humans.    

#humanrights

Human Rights Day was celebrated yesterday, Thursday 10th of December.  

On this day in 1948, The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming the inalienable rights that all people are entitled. All people are entitled to these human rights as human beings. These are rights that are regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. No person has the right to put themselves above another person.  

In this edition, Kelly Fisher has spoken with Torunn Tryggestad, director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo’s Gender, Peace, and Security Centre. She talks about the importance of having women at the table while negotiating peace in conflict areas, not because women necessarily are more peaceful, but because peace demands understanding and diversity in gender and background.  

I am thrilled to present a new Voice in this Insight. Cristina Muradore is an expert on cultural heritage preservation, and she shares with us the experiences she had while working in Yemen on a cultural project bringing two cultures together by mutual respect and cultural exchange—also in regards to gender equality.  

On the United Nations webpage, I found a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that I believed was so poignant, that it should be shared here as well:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Be inspired, be involved – and take action! 

Victoria Waething
Editor in Chief
SHE Community’s Insight Magazine