September 16, 2022
The Interfaith Peace Project will observe this year’s International Day of Peace by sending out a reflection each day from September 10 through September 21. Today is the sixth reflection. If you miss any reflections, you will find them on our website: interfaithpeaceproject. org.
We will continue our ongoing observance of the International Day after September 21, by sending out a reflection on the twenty-first of every month. We invite you to share in this effort by sending any articles or information that you would like to share to:
Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P
CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
SEPTEMBER 10 – 21, 2022
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2011
Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Khalid Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, and human rights activist. She is the first Arab woman and second Muslim to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tawakkol leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which she co-founded in 2005. Tawakkol became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that was a part of the Arab Spring uprisings. In Yemen, she was reportedly called the “Iron Woman” and “Mother of the Revolution.”
She gained prominence in her country in 2005 as a Yemeni journalist and an advocate for a mobile phone news service that the government had denied a license in 2007. She led protests for press freedom and organized weekly protests expanding the issues for reform. Tawakkol redirected the Yemeni protests to support the “Jasmine Revolution,” her name for the Arab Spring after the Tunisian people overthrew the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali government in 2011.
Tawakkol’s Words of Wisdom
“We are now struggling for a new world, which is based on peace, which is based on love, which is based on justice, which is based on accountability, which is based on human rights.”
“We are in one World. We are one nation. And therefore, what’s common in between us, what should be common among us, is love and peace.”
Peace, inner peace, gives birth to justice. I cannot stay locked up in my heart, enjoying my inner calmness. The peace within me seeks to give itself away in the cause of peace and justice. Humanity forms but one human family. I cannot deny my siblings, my human family, the gift of my heart, the gift of my inner peace. I will seek every opportunity to bless the World with my inner peace.