The Girls Global Summit, 2020, sponsored by Women's Global Connection. Shannon Sedgwick Davis, who authored To Stop a Warlord, My Story of Justice, Grace, and the Fight for Peace, a story of Uganda, encourages the peace builders of the future. Nicole Foy, WGC Interim Director who organized an excellent Girls Global Summit, moderated the conversation. Read of GGS participants making plans to present in connection with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, March 2021 http://saccvi.blogspot.com/2020/12/girls-from-girls-global-summit-and.html
“Go and tell my brothers” the Risen Christ said to Mary Magdalene. Pope Francis, right after Easter, noted that women were leaders in the pandemic and he compared them to the women in the gospel narratives.
St. Catherine of Siena born in 1347 nursed the sick during the Bubonic plague, visited prisoners, and led people to recognize the disadvantaged in the streets as their brothers and sisters. “Again and again, Catherine spoke of truth. She longed for people to see and live in truth. The closer she came to God's loving heart, the more she felt called to speak truth boldly to both civil and church leaders, calling them to be shepherds who cared for their flocks, not rulers who made them suffer more.
Today women have more opportunities than St. Catherine and are in many positions. “Looking for examples of true leadership in a crisis? From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to New Zealand, women are stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family. And in Finland, Iceland and Denmark, and this pandemic is revealing that women have what it takes when the heat rises in our Houses of State. Many will say these are small countries, or islands, or other exceptions. But Germany is large and leading, and the U.K. is an island with very different outcomes. These leaders are gifting us an attractive alternative way of wielding power. What are they teaching us?
TruthAngela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, stood up early and calmly told her countrymen that this was a serious bug that would infect up to 70% of the population. ‘It’s serious,’ she said, ‘take it seriously.’ She did, so they did too. Testing began right from the get-go. Germany jumped right over the phases of denial, anger and disingenuousness we’ve seen elsewhere.” From “What do countries with the best coronavirus responses have in common? Women Leaders,” Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes, April 13, 2020.
Girls Global Summit participants could stand for a picture in the middle of leaders, Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist; Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner; YOU; Greta Thurnberg, Swedish environmental; Michelle Obama, U.S. lawyer and former First Lady.
If we want climate policy that works, we need to listen to women, "Women are our very first environment. This is the traditional teaching of Indigenous women: that they carry, nurture, grow, and sustain life within their bodies. Women as life-givers understand intimately the relationship between body, environment, movement, and our place in the world.Women carry our clans and ... by carrying our clans, are the ones that hold that land for the next generation,' shares Iako’tsira:reh Amanda Lickers from Turtle Clan in Seneca in Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies.