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We need female leaders

· ​Women and war ·

Women have a decisive role in building bridges in conflicts and also in alleviating suffering without discrimination, in educating belligerent parties to say no to violence; and in fostering peace

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, said this in his address to the conference, “Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution: Faith Perspectives”. The meeting, held on 14 April at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, was organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, the Russell Berrie Foundation and the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue.

In order to rebuild peace, especially in emerging countries, the Cardinal affirmed that the role of women is crucial to sustainable peace. Women are called to the great challenge of establishing relations between enemies in times of war and promoting the reconstruction of the social fabric in places of conflict. The cardinal then underlined how these abilities are derived from the fact that “in God’s plan they have been created to welcome new life and to be the creative echo of love that gives all.” Women, he added, must work every day to mediate peace within their families and at their places of work.

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