Poems for Peace: March 2018

Poems for Peace: March 2018

Martti Ahtisaari 2015 3March 1, 2018

“To protect women in times of war, we must first make sure women receive equal rights in times of peace.”

~Martti Ahtisaari





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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

~Louisa May Alcott




Tubman Harriet squareMarch 3, 2018

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

~Harriet Tubman




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“Activism is something that no one can fake.

You get angry.  You cry. But you never throw in your towel, because that anger is what is propelling you to further action.”

~Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate and Oxfam Ambassador


1200px Fawzia Koofi MP Afghanistan Chatham House 2012March 5, 2018

Women’s rights must not be the sacrifice by which peace is achieved.”

~Fawzia Koofi




220px Isabel Allende 001March 6, 2018

“I can promise you that women working together—linked, informed and educated—can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.”

~Isabel Allende




320px Tawakkol Karman 6553559831March 7, 2018

We are now struggling for a new world which is based on peace, which is based on love, which is based on justice, which is based on accountability, based on human rights.”

~Tawakkol Karman




Meryl Streep at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 32801846044 croppedMarch 8, 2018 (International Women's Day)

“I do honestly think that if women were running the world there would be more investment in peace, because basically as women we do not want to see our children killed. Maybe I am completely idealistic, but until we see women in equal positions of power in the world, I just think that we are doomed.”

~Meryl Streep




Zainab SalbiMarch 9, 2018

“Like life, peace begins with women.  We are the first to forge lines of alliance and collaboration across conflict divides.

~Zainabl Salbi





Scarlett Johansson in Kuwait 01March 10, 2018

“It is important to remind young people that peace is the only victory.”

~Scarlett Johansson





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“Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.”

~Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry





March 12, 2018

“World Peace”

''When wars and conflicts totally cease,

In our world, there shall be peace.

People must learn to get along,

Not blame others, for being wrong.

They fight for control, fight for land,

Some just need a helping hand.

We must rid ourselves of vanity,

And embrace peace, through humanity.

Wars make children so much tougher,

Lose their innocence, while they suffer.

We should fight for peace instead,

Love not war, we should spread.''

~ by AnitaPoems.com



Benazir bhutto 1988 croppedMarch 13, 2018

“Freedom is not an end.  Freedom is a beginning.”

~Benazir Bhutto




Melanne Verveer sqMarch 14, 2018

''Women have to be a part of the solution in a significant way.  It won’t happen if we’re just investing in one part of the population and leaving half behind because we know that no country can prosper if you leave half the people behind.”

~Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University





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“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”

~Michelle Obama





Lynda Carter Wonder WomanMarch 16, 2018

I used to want to save the world.  To end war and bring peace to mankind.  But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light.  I learned that inside everyone of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves—something no hero will ever defeat.  And now I know…that only love can truly save the world. So I say. I fight, and I give…for the world I know can’t be. This is my mission now. Forever.”

~Wonder Woman





Mairead Corrigan Gaza cropMarch 17, 2018

“If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will hav to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.”

~Mairead Corrigan Maguire. Peace activist, Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize award




Ruby Dee 1972March 18, 2018

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within—strength, courage, dignity.”

~Ruby Dee





Portrait of Jane AddamsMarch 19, 2018

True peace not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.”

~Jane Addams, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1931




Angelina Jolie Global Summit 2014March 20, 2018

“There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.”

~Angelina Jolie





Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka 2014March 21, 2018

There is no great force for change, for peace, for justice and democracy, for inclusive economic growth than a world of empowered women.”

~Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations





Nelson Mandela 2000 5March 22, 2018

We owe our children—the most vulnerable citizens in any society—a life free from violence and fear.”

~Nelson Mandela





Eleanor Roosevelt portrait 1933March 23, 2018

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”

~Eleanor Roosevelt





Shirin Ebadi 2017March 24, 2018

“Human rights is a universal standard.  It is a component of every religion and every civilization.”

~Shirin Ebadi




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There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.”

~Madeleine Albright





Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka 2014March 26, 2018

“Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo—not negotiating it.”

~Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuk, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations






Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014March 27, 2018

“There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it by ourselves.”

~Malala Yousafzai




Christabel PankhurstMarch 28, 2018

We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.”

~Emmeline Pankhurst





The Special Envoy on Women Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commision Bineta Diop speaks to the press after meeting Somalias Minister of Defense Major General Mohamed 15884887062March 29, 2018

“The recent cases in South Sudan have compounded the reality that indeed progress has been slow and that women continue to bear the brunt of violence during times of war, and unfortunately even during times of peace.”

~Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security.





Charlotte Bunch in 2011March 30, 2018

“We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes’ how are human rights, peace and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women? It’s also important to look at the world from the perspectives of the lives of diverse women, because there is not single women’s view, any more than there is a single men’s view.''

~Charlotte Bunch, American feminist author and organizer in women rights and human rights movements




Sheryl Sandberg World Economic Forum 2013March 31, 2018

“In the future, there will no female leaders.  There will just be leaders.”

~Sheryl Sandberg











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