A Manifesto for Women As Agents of Peace

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), today there are more than seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, up from 738 million in 2000. Globally, 3.2 billion people are using the internet, of which two billion live in developing countries. However, ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people living the Least Developing Countries (LCDs), 851 million do not use the Internet.


Internet per sé is a useful tool to connect us with the outside world. When I speak with family members, Baby Boomers and Generation X, I realize that we can survive without the net. But, as of today, technology empowers people, opening us to new horizons and huge opportunities for social and economic development.

With an eye on women, peace, security and armed conflict, especially thinking of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and the devastating attacks of the militant islamist group Boko Haram, and of women and sexual violence in the armed conflict in South Sudan, I understand there is so much more to be done to prevent violence and ensure a peace process that starts with local people but is boosted by peacekeepers and strong committed people from civil society, NGOs, governments and international organizations.

Source: Huffington Post

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