Women on Militarism

I had the fortune of attending an event last night that was a conversation between Isabel Allende and Kavita Ramdas1 about militarism.  Allende has just completed another book and was talking about it and her previous writing and philanthropic work and Ramdas was giving her final farewell to the Global Fund for Women and announcing a new GFW fund called Making Waves, and will now, as she quoted, will “be a human being and not a human doing” for a bit.  The talk was well-delivered and both have a lot to say about militarism and their beliefs about how the world could be less violent and should have more women in charge of things.

And it seems right to post in the same entry that another release date for Aung Sun Suu Kyi is approaching tomorrow, Nov 13.  The military junta in Burma has held her under house arrest for most of the last 20 years and just in the past 2 years was meant to release her but refused to after a man swam to the island where she was living and she was found guilty of breaking the terms of her detainment by associating with him.  Hopefully there be no such attempt to continue to imprison her this time.

You can join the Amnesty International petition requesting her freedom, addressed to Than Shwe, the head of the military junta in Burma.

This video of Aung Sun Suu Kyi speaking about nonviolence reminded me of some of the issues Ramdas and Allende spoke about last night, as she really embodies hope, nonviolent resistance, and women’s leadership for peace.

1. Both are captivating speakers. Luckily for us, they’re on the internet!
Isabel Allende’s TED talk
“Tales of passion”
Kavita Ramdas’ TED talk “Radical women, embracing tradition”

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