Weaving the web of peace

Iryna
Posted March 30, 2014 from Ukraine
An anti-war activist holds a sign calling for peace at a protest in Crimea.Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
An anti-war activist holds a sign calling for peace at a protest in Crimea.Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
An anti-war activist holds a sign calling for peace at a protest in Crimea.Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters (1/4)

They are not afraid of the soldiers. They are not afraid of cold. Crimean women are afraid of the only thing: not to be heard, because they are the ambassadors of peace in the times of changes, in the times of confusion, in the times of fears and hopes. God save you from living in the time of changes, because it’s better to be a dog in a peaceful time than a man in a chaotic period, says Chinese proverb.

During the last months Ukraine became a center of world attention with its democratic changes which revealed more questions than was expected. Crimea, located at the South of the country separated and joined Russia. Economic upturns seems to be delayed. But all this is nothing comparing with one threat - a war conflict.

Since the first militarists appeared on the beautiful and peaceful streets of Simferopol everyone began to speak about the possibility of a war. And while the men were ready to take up arms, Crimean women took up posters and laptops. They exploded the Internet with the only slogan: “No war in Crimea! Crimea women for peace!” Pictures with women holding these posters appeared all around the world. These women are not afraid of anything; they are appealing to the men to keep their homes in peace and their husbands and children alive.

Sometimes a woman with a laptop can be more powerful than a man with a gun. The irony of the situation is that the most powerful weapons were not rocket launchers or Kalashnikovs in the hands of the soldiers. Social networks became the most powerful weapon. While mass media was showing horrific images of the ubiquitous "little green men", the empty shelves in supermarkets, tanks on the streets, the only trustful source of information was Internet. By e-mail, social networks people could get information much closer to the truth than what was shown on TV.

In the last month the appeal to peace and the need to speak and share were so strong and so overwhelming that there was created a facebook group called Crimea Women for Peace. Here women feel free to say what they think about the situation, to change the opinions, to discuss, to plan their actions. The movement was supported by the women all around Ukraine in other countries.

No matter to what nationality, religion of political views you belong, there are things that will always unite women. One of these things is desire for peace and concern for the safety of children. Internet and social networks is a perfect place for women to meet each other and feel that there are many of us. Together we can be stronger than all the guns in the world, because there is nothing more powerful than a mother’s heart!

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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cassie_levy
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014

Iryna, Thank you so much for sharing! It's really amazing to hear an insiders perspective especially from a woman. I particularly like this quote: "Sometimes a woman with a laptop can be more powerful than a man with a gun." Keep up the fight and don't stop using social media. We need to hear the truth of what is going on over there!

Iryna
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014

Dear cassie_levy, thank you for your words. Often the power and strength of women is underestimated, but in real women when they are united can make a lot. Sending you my warm wishes, Iryna

Kika Katchunga
May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014

It is true that my sister you said "sometimes a woman with a laptop can be more powerful than a man with a gun, with technology the woman's word speaks and when he speaks everyone listen Thank you for sharing

Jumi
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014

"No matter to what nationality, religion of political views you belong, there are things that will always unite women. One of these things is desire for peace and concern for the safety of children." I stand with you and definitely agree with your statement. We hope that our desire for peace will one day be fulfilled. Thank you, Iryna

William
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014

Dear Iryna,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and beliefs. I am praying for the people of Ukraine that war will not occur. People of the West want you to be independent instead of a jigsaw piece in Russia's puzzle of power. Blessings to you and your family, William

Donna Bride
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 03, 2014

Here in the US, the Ukraine's struggles and news is on our mind daily. It seems each day's news brings many challenges changes for you. We want the best for you in a peaceful resolution.

Carmen Mojica
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014

thank you for this piece. it truly speaks to why putting more technology in the hands of women screaming for change and revolution is so important.

Yvette Warren
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 26, 2015

I am serving as an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 

The purpose of this event is to create harmony, not necessarily agreement, among the spiritual voices on our shared earth.

I would very much like to bring the harmony of World Pulse voices with me. I am planning a One Billion Rising event http://www.onebillionrising.org/ in conjunction with the Women's Initiative on the first day of the parliament. Please look at the attached links and let me know if you'd like to add your voice.

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/

Continue being a blessing in our shared universe.