This special reflection is inspired by the 58th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The umbrella topic of this years CSW was to summarize the effectiveness of the MDGs or Millennium Development Goals that were created in 2000. If that doesn’t mean much to you, don’t worry it didn’t mean much to me, until I started preparing myself to attend this phenomenal event.
As a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and a developing Woman of Peace, I know that as we seek to grow and develop our communities, localities, regions, nations and world, the only way we will develop true Freedom, Liberty and Justice is through disarmament and new cultures of discussion, debate, mediation and cooperation.
Here’s a reflection:
Millennium Development Goals
And why the arms trade is dismantling them all….
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Guns made by the multi-national high-tech industry defy borders and become imported tools of violence to flood the rest of the world. Their purpose is to divide inherent communities from their right to the inherited security of the lands, work and wealth grown through cultural creativity.
2. Achieve universal primary education.
So much money spent by corporations and governments upon the tools of armament rather than the simple tools to enhance intelligence. Critical thought processes manipulated by propaganda spreading ignorance and fear rather than promoting the ability for children to learn and enjoy the discovery of the gifts that persevere.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
Weapons of pain, violence and destruction are a-gendered tools that defy both feminine and masculine empowerment. Held in the hands of unhealthy men and by their will condemn global communities of women from gaining equal space and being heard in the socio-political and economic realms. Woman, her very body taken to be made over by man into a weapon of war that dismantles her integral strength and ability to be the stable hearth at the center of her family.
4. Reduce child mortality.
Whether by military, paramilitary, militia, guerilla, solitary psychopath, stranger or family member- Women and children are forced to bear the blows of and many never recover from outbursts of violence that happen along sectarian lines or within their own homes. Children around the world are directly caught in the crossfire or directly face the repercussions imposed by sanctions that restrict the flow of food, water and medicine. Forced to orphans or refugees, many grow up weak without the support of vital community.
5. Improve maternal health.
Emotional well-being, complete nutrition, and access to health care are three pillars that give a mother best chance of giving birth to a healthy child. All three are easily shattered by the stress of fear and violence of community and national instability. Insecurity perpetuated by the diseased masculine narrative that maintains its skewed perspective that weapons are needed to bring peace when it is easy to see that their presence only denies our ability to resolve conflicts peacefully.
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.
Where armaments control populations the dissemination of critical information and medicine that enlighten, help prevent sickness, and cure suffering becomes severely limited by perceptions narrowly formed and forced upon; as well as causing the instability that shuts down the causeways of our distributive means.
7. Ensure environmental sustainability.
There’s a great difficulty in maintaining sustainability of our environments when guns are sold to both lines of sectarian violence by elite manipulation that leads to power driven agreements, inevitably leasing lands to multi-national corporations that have no allegiance to communities other-than the profit-driven interest of their board of trustees.
- 8. Global partnership for development.
Above all, the obscene amount of money being funneled into research, development, manufacture and sale of ammunitions and armaments is money directly being kept from funding grassroots movements that build stability, security and a precedent for the kinds of development that feed the visionaries dreaming of being part of a new age of enlightenment.
Where Peace Agreements include the insights of Women;
Where gender and sexual violence is sad tales of the past;
Where environmental sustainability includes human culture and biological diversity;
Where all people have safe space to give voice to the vantage point they’ve taken on;
Thereby fleshing out a whole conscious perception of where the human family is coming from
And the dreams we seek to form.