“From the Desk Of…” is my new initiative this year to challenge the dominant narratives about international peace and security by sharing notable quotes, anecdotes, prose and poems about women, peace and security. These are tidbits that float across my desk from time to time. Do you have something you would like to share from your desk? Drop me a line!
Here’s what men say–or at least what one man says–about making peace…
Excerpted from the We are Living Peace, We Are Powerful campaign. See more here.
We are supposed to be providers. We are supposed to be protectors. But when war makes it so we can longer be either, who are we supposed to be? Building life beyond violent conflict may look different, but this means we have even greater responsibilities than before. We need to rebuild—and we have to think beyond ourselves.
As men, we are not powerful because of what we have. We are powerful because of what we do, for our families and for our communities. We are powerful when we start living peace. Every day. Together.