By Adylia Zavala Cárcamo
The Alliance of Pan American Round Tables, formed the Educating for Peace Committee 2021-2024, in the continent with women with a high sense of volunteering and cultural civic values, from the different areas that make up the organization, throughout the continent, directed by the Ladies Isabel Sánchez Linares and Viginia Otarola Valdiviezo, in their capacity as president and vice president, who are members of MRP of Cajamarca and La Molina, both in the Republic of Peru, in Zone V. The Members of the Committee are: Esther Read , Zone I, Corpus Cristi, USA. María Magdalena Fernández Luna, MRP of Ciudad Acuña; Geovanni Pérez López MRP Tlaxcala; Ana Ligia Batista, MRP Córdoba, from Zones III, A, B and C, of the Republic of Mexico. Adylia Zavala Cárcamo, MRP from Tegucigalpa, Republic of Honduras, Zone IV and Gladys Peña de Mendoza from the MRP from La Paz, Bolivia.
The purpose of the committee is to promote peace through education with the strengthening of cultural civic values, in order to live in harmony with oneself, others and the environment.
The committee was visualized at the continental level on March 8, in the framework of the celebration of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, with the Conversation “WOMAN FORGER OF A CULTURE OF PEACE”. Participating in the same capacity as Honorable Speakers and educated ladies, lawyer Doris Alejandrina Gutiérrez, (appointed President of the Republic of Honduras); Ms. Jane Marichal de Mendoza, (director of the MRP Alliance) and 153 Pan Americanists who warmed up the Zoom room set up in Cajamarca Peru for this purpose with their presence.
Mrs. Gladys Peña de Mendoza acted as master of ceremonies and Mrs. Mary Isabel Sánchez Linares as Moderator; both were empowered by her role and contributed to the success of the event.
Lawyer Gutiérrez spoke on the subject taking women in the family environment as the axis; She made a historical relationship from antiquity to the present, affirming that she lightened the tasks of man, being a key factor in the development of agriculture, whose invention is due to women. Mrs. Gutiérrez affirmed that when the mother was left alone, as the guardian of her children, she had the task of instilling in them values and principles for a peaceful coexistence, since it must be remembered that “a woman has never declared a war,” because they have been the men the actors of war; because the role of women has been to keep the family together with love, in the fights and persecutions because hope generates peace. She also stated that as long as there is no education, there will be no equity and justice and naturally there will be no peace. She ended her dissertation stating that: peace has a woman’s face.
The General Director addressed the issue with the need to care for the environment, stating that it has deteriorated due to climate change and man’s lack of respect for nature, as a relevant element for achieving peace, because without respect for nature there is no production, without production there is hunger and with hunger there is no peace.
He enunciated the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing goal 5, “Gender equality 2030”, and endorsed the content of said goal, when he expressed the need to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, on the need for real equality between women and men as a universal principle.
He exemplified inequality by explaining that, throughout the 119-year history of the Nobel Peace Prize, it has been awarded to 934 people, of whom 876 men and 58 women have held it, which represents 94% and 6% , respectively.
She expressed that from the Declaration of the International Year of Women, only 4 women have achieved the Nobel Peace Prize, being them: Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1979; Aungsan Suukyi in 1991; The Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchú in 1992 and the Pakistani Malala Yousafzai in 2014, which was a revelation because she was only 17 years old.
The artistic part of the program was constituted by the magnificent interpretation of poetry, “Let’s talk… Peace” of own inspiration by María del Pilar Martínez Nandín, from the MRP Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico and the magnificent musical interpretation “Looking for peace”, with lyrics and music by its author, the Peruvian Luchy Mantilla, from the Trujillo MRP.
At the end of the event there were many congratulations for the speakers and for the Committee, especially for the president and the mistress of ceremonies. The Committee is pleased with the success achieved and for this it thanks God and the members, who warmed up with their presence our commemoration on International Women’s Day, with the theme “Woman forger of a culture of peace”, in these moments of so much convulsion and violence, due to hatred and violence, generated by misunderstanding, lack of love, outlets that generate violence between the family and the various societies in which it converges throughout the world. Due to the intolerance pointed out by a man, today, we are on the verge of a world war, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, due to arrogance and intolerance. As the globe is a global village, the political, social and economic consequences have not been long in coming.
As women we play an important role in achieving peace, as spouses, mothers, sisters and daughters; For this reason, in these moments of so much confusion, of social, economic and political crises; We ask our Divine Creator that all women, especially Pan American Women, be messengers of peace, because “peace has a woman’s face.”
Tegucigalpa, MDC., March 12, 2022
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