Yesterday, May 10, my wife spoke at the 4th Annual Global Peace Festival Foundation awards ceremony in Paraguay. This year we recognized outstanding women peace leaders. The event and her address reaffirmed that peace needs the involvement of such exemplary women. They are the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters that contribute and complete our human family.
I wanted to share this excerpt from her address.
“Women have increasingly important roles to play today in our communities and nations. In fact, many today talk about this being the “age of women.” I believe you will also agree that women bring unique qualities to whatever roles we play. In fact, it has been said that women hold up one-half of heaven.
But for women to fully realize this potential – and for humankind to truly become “One Family under God,” the innate, God-given, dignity and value of women must be recognized and respected. In this age of globalization, we hear much about the need for resources – energy resources, mineral resources, and so on. But the most important resources for the future of our planet are human resources – not only for material progress – but also, and more importantly, for moral advance and social harmony.
Women, as a little over half of the world’s people, represent a great and often untapped resource, that humanity can no longer afford to ignore. It is time to set this “woman resource” free for the sake of peace in families, communities, and the world.”