Women's issues are excluded during reconciliation and reconstruction processes
Women are vulnerable in war and post war situations
Women in politics
There is an increase in women's participation in politics in Liberia.
"I want to see more Sri Lankan women in Parliament!. Sri Lankan women from all ethnic groups should begin to view peace. If not, they will continue to be marginalized. We have come a very long way in Liberia. We managed to achieve it through a collective work in Liberia. I'm a representation of it. We are proud that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. We went from door to door in 2005. As a result, Ellen Johnson Sir leaf was elected as the first female President of Liberia in 2005.
53% women in Sri Lanka's total population. But, the women are absent in decision making in Sri Lanka. Every fabric in the society (women, youth and men) needs to be woven through in reconciliation process. As a citizen of women's world, I believe women's issues are excluded during reconciliation and reconstruction processes.
Politics in Africa, America and Asia is about money and connections. Whole new revolution is needed to make people to vote for women. Women representation is needed in all levels (top to bottom and bottom to top) to address women's issues" stressed Leymah Roberta Gbowee.
Women in peace building
Women's oraginsations in Liberal worked tirelessly to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table during the civil war. Liberia is currently enjoying 9th year of peace. Women are included in trauma healing and reconciliation process of Liberia.
"Peace has no boundaries. Don't build boundaries. If you have boundaries, you will never achieve peace. When guns are silent, people determine peace is delivered. Women are already poor in peace. If governments don't address the issues of women, then women become the poorest. Women of Sri Lanka should put aside differences of past and work towards sustainable peace".
"Women in Sri Lanka have to work beyond ethnic divide and political ideologies by uniting to achieve sustainable peace. Women at all levels across ethnic lines have to work together to achieve sustainable peace" said Leymah Roberta Gbowee.
Themes for 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence:~