The virus continues to threaten us with death. The resulting economic crisis threatens us with hunger. The political duplicity and deceit threaten our freedom. All of these threaten the very future of our children and their children.
The “charm” of Charmaine, starts with her explanation as to how she got her nickname “XX” (eks-eks). It is now known to everybody she met and will meet in the future. It is also known to everyone that along with the unassuming charm of XX that draws poeple in, comes an unmistakably very serious peace work that holds them together.
Women should be more involved in peace work on the aspect of participation in decision making processes, particularly in integrating women concerns and protection in the peace and development plans.
“…patience, not criticism. Understanding, not mockery. patience, not criticism. Understanding, not mockerycompassion, not violence. Co-existing without hurting each other. Once again, we are reminded that violence is never an option.”
I was rudely awakened from my afternoon nap by an alarmingly bad coughing fit so I decided to isolate myself at the guesthouse. I asked everyone in the house to wear facemasks and observe distancing.
Why? Because the essence of gender sensitivity is not about who has power or authority. It refers to acknowledging the presence of the other, and understanding and respecting their choices and situations.
The Anti-Terror Bill will not help in our common aspiration for a democratic society where all political, philosophical and religious beliefs are supposedly respected and tolerated.
We pray that by waging this one big fight against COVID-19 together we will emerge victorious and see that peace is another battle we can only win as one.
May this be a learning experience for all of us. For the civil society, the private sector and the citizens in general to remain vigilant in protecting our rights. For the law enforcers to be mindful and true to their duty of not just enforcing laws but more importantly, of respecting the rights of every citizen.