“Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them. So here I stand. So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.” – Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, is a Pakistani activist for female education and is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her home, where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. Her speech delivered at the UN Youth Assembly on ‘Malala Day’ enlightened many about the importance of education and peace. As a person who’d witnessed and experienced the life deprived of these two (education and peace), she was most passionate when she delivered her speech. Not many realize how lucky they are in living in a country without war, but others who live in a constant war zone crave for peace. Because of a war set by the political powers, the citizens, especially the youth, are the ones who suffer by being deprived of a life where they can live without death, heartache and terror.
Like Malala for example, the local Taliban would come and ban people from attending school because they are afraid of the power of education, the power of equality and peace, and the power of the voice of the people. And this problem, or this situation, is very misconstrued in the meaning that these people are not just simply an armed group causing destruction due to political reasons but that “…these terrorists are misusing the name of Islam for their own personal benefit.” The fundamental reason for 70-80% of the war that’s happening around the world is mostly because of religion, and Malala’s experience is just one of the examples.
“…Peace is a necessity for education. In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflicts stop children from going to schools. We are really tired of these wars.”
People do not want war. It’s not even a justifiable means to achieve the ends because it requires so much sacrifice from those who do not even wish to be part of this. She calls upon the developed nations to support the expansion of education opportunities for girls and children in the developing world.
This is exactly what HWPL supports. In order to achieve peace, HWPL is “committed to bringing world peace and cessation of war through the establishment of an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) offices.
The DPCW aims to eradicate the structural causes of violent conflict (such as eradication of war weapons). In order to achieve this, HWPL calls upon women and youth groups to come together and voice their rights and carry out HWPL’s peace initiatives.
Furthermore, HWPL believes that “in order to end war and inherit everlasting peace in the future, we must teach the values necessary for a new era of peace rather than the old ideology that has been stained by war.” Thus they have established peace education curriculums as well as founded HWPL Peace Academies all over the world that design programs and courses to enhance peacemaking capacities of students in all grades.
Today, so many people long for peace all over the world. And many voice their opinions in the UN or join peace corporations. Nevertheless, people continually struggled to find the effective strategy in order to achieve peace without success. But through DPCW and many of their peace projects, HWPL presents the perfect, reliable, and the most effective strategy to achieve peace.
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