“My own first teacher of kindness and compassion was my mother.”
Mothers are key players in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. Their participation and full involvement in all efforts for prevention of conflict, the maintenance and promotion of peace and security has not been attained yet.
Who better than mothers can transmit from a young age, emotional balance, a peaceful state of mind, a willingness to benevolence, trust, justice? The mother is the first and last bulwark against violence in the hearts of all men.
The prevention of radicalisation, post conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding are key issues in today’s world. Families, communities, governments are looking for the best way to prevent conflict and maintain peace.
Mothers are confronted to difficult challenges due to conflicts, societal and family changes, . They are willing to act in order to protect or restore peace. But they need support.
At UN and EU level
There is a political momentum and interest within UN institutions to focus their work in the promotion of peace. NATO has a special representative on women, peace and security i in charge of implementing a plan seeking to reduce barriers for the active participation of women in matters of peace and security.
They are willing to explore how to implement security resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and the related resolutions which recognise the disproportionate impact that war and conflict has on mothers and children and highlight the fact that historically women have been left out of peace processes and stabilisation efforts.
The EU supports UN Women’s work in the area of Women, peace and security and is committed to implement resolution 1325. They have said “We need to promote the positive role that women can play in countering terrorism and violent extremism in their families, their communities and their societies”.
International conference on May 2018 #Mothers4Peace
Make Mothers Matter, together with CARE International Morocco, organised on 3-4 May 2018 in Casablanca (Morocco) an international conference #Mothers4Peace. The conference, which benefited from the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, discussed the role of mothers for peace at family level, as well as at community, national, and international levels.
We are in the process of drafting recommendations for policy-makers as a result of the good practices and suggestions proposed at our last conference and we will publish them soon.