Women can change the world and bring peace. As women gain political clout, spirituality and the feminine will shine. You wrote it best in the Chalice and the Blade (C&B), “As this caring labor—the life-sustaining labor of nurturing, helping, and loving others—is fully integrated into the economic mainstream, we will see a fundamental economic and political transformation. Then, unified into the global family envisioned by the feminist, peace, ecology, human potential, and other gylanic movements, our species will begin to experience the full potential of its evolution.”
However, at the last two conferences on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN, the reports showed a decline in the progress women have made, especially for participating in conflict resolution as Resolution 1325 designated. Change is difficult and comes slowly.
As you wrote in C&B, the long term answer lies in socialization, but also you alluded to creating change. Humans have the capacity and intellect to make it happen. I believe you wrote C&B to empower the women of the world, or “mobilize” the women of the world, to attain political clout.
How can women attain political clout if, as you wrote in the IMOW Forum, women are barred from social governance? In the global political arena, women are secondary. You wrote of the cultural transformation theory in the C&B, the changing of a male dominated society to a partnership society, as already happening. But you wrote, “What is still lacking is the “critical mass” of new images and myths that is required for their actualization by a sufficient number of people.” I propose a catalyst to attain critical mass.
It is time to make history. The world needs a “mandate”, a mandate for peace! The sages of history were all men. The new sages are the women. The new myth is women change the world – through illustrating nonviolence. I would like to suggest a strategy called a Global Strategy of Nonviolence, For the Children (GS of NV), to be led by women, but not exclusive to women. It would be implemented by an initiative called a Call to Women, a World-Wide Unity Campaign, as a catalyst.
Women must create a scenario where the media has no choice but to cover it – a Gandhi “Walk to the Sea.” This will take fortitude and strength. Starhawk, an author and activist, wrote about women standing for peace as the representation of a “vision of strength.” “Real security can come only when we weave a global web of mutual aid and support. As we make larger connections and take action together, we must assert what we as women know to be true: compassion is not weakness, and brutality is not strength.”
This is where the feminine and spirituality play an integral part. As my friend Meira said, first people must find inner peace. This is my spiritual connection. If women mobilize, it exhibits inner peace, which in turn, empowers others to see their inner peace.
This Forum is under the category of Women, Power, and Politics. A woman, or women, must come forward to lead the world in a nonviolent manner with spirituality and the feminine. But women are up against a Behemoth – corporate, military, and ideological power. Therefore, women must adopt a catalyst, a pre-emptive strike, a proactive action, for paradigm change to occur. A Call to Women is the catalyst.
The time has come for women leaders to promote a Call to Women. The main plan is a guideline, including administrative, funding, marketing, implementation, and follow-up strategies. Please consider taking a Call to Women on as your own, as this world experiences what you called an “early warning signal that a more repressive and bloody period of androcratic regression is about to set in.”
But, from C&B, “What may lie ahead is the final bloodbath of this dying system’s violent efforts to maintain its hold. But the death throes of androcracy could also be the birth pangs of gylany and the opening of a door into a new future.”
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