Secretary Of State John Kerry Is Counting On Women For World Peace

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Well here’s a first! WARNING: you are about to read an article about John Kerry that is mostly positive. If you are easily offended by positive news then you should definitely be reading this!

Politicians don’t have it easy. They are constantly under public scrutiny and the press has a field day destroying them and the policies they back. But every now and then we should also take a moment to give them props for the positive things they do. For instance, US Secretary of State John Kerry writing a guest blog about how important women are to the world peace agenda.

Yep, he wrote it as part of an International Women’s Day celebration on Australian women’s lifestyle blogsite Mamamia.com.au. His words were quite a change from everything else you hear and read about him on the news. He started out saying IWD isn’t just a once-a-year excuse to say “yay women” but a crucial reminder.

“It is a day…to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and stability grow even more.”

He spoke about the bravery of the women in Syria, which he has witnessed first hand. He says if we truly want to reach word peace, women have to be a vital part of that conversation.

“That’s as true when it comes to ending our battles as it is jumpstarting our economies. The fact is that women bear the greatest burden in war. But their voices are too rarely heard in negotiating peace. That has to change.”

We’ve already seen how women are victimized in war-torn countries, and often left to pick up the pieces on their own. Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague have are launching a first-of-its-kind summit to gather world leaders in the hope they can end the cover up of rape in war zones, and bring justice to these innocent women.

John Kerry says countries which empower women and choose to make them part of the democratic process are more stable and economically secure.

“Evidence from around the world has shown that deadly conflicts are more likely to be prevented, and peace best forged and protected, when women are included as equal partners.”

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For example, in Afghanistan, the US government is advocating for more women to be part of every level of government.

“Afghan women today are marching forward in ways unimaginable just 10 years ago. They’re starting companies.  They’re serving as members of parliament. They’re teaching in schools and working as doctors and nurses. They are the foundation upon which Afghanistan’s future is being built.”

Closer to home he pays respect to all the women who are making a huge difference in the US government, working together with men get an equal perspective on many issues.

“It’s no coincidence that some  of our top diplomats and peace negotiators are women – from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, to Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. Today, all but one of the State Department’s Regional Assistant Secretaries are women.”

His message is important on so many levels, but especially because of his captive audience. The older generation who respect his work and hear these words will hopefully have a renewed sense of why equality for women is paramount for any country to live in peace.

“No country can succeed unless every citizen is empowered to contribute to its future. And no peace can endure if women are not afforded a central role.”

Amen to that John Kerry! Here’s to more men stepping up to the plate and advocating for more women in leadership. If there’s one thing you can’t fault this guy on, it’s his commitment to gender equality in politics.

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