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“Women Who Build Peace Are Disobedient, Difficult” – Dr Meenakshi Gopinath in Conversation with Dr Scilla Elworthy

Two globally renowned names in peace-building came together at eShe Indo-Pak Peace Summit Led by Women to discuss the role of women in peace.

Two globally renowned and formidable names in peace-building came together at eShe Indo-Pak Peace Summit Led by Women to discuss the role of women in peace-building.

Dr Scilla Elworthy is a peace-builder, author, the founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, and a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee based in Oxford, UK.

Dr Meenakshi Gopinath is a political scientist, the founder of WISCOMP, and a Padma Shri awardee, based in Delhi, India.

As Dr Meenakshi said, “Today the word peace is not the conventional association of the woman in white, peacefully holy and wholly peaceful. These are women who are able to recognise that a stable situation is not necessarily a peaceful one, or a just one. Therefore, sometimes one has to rock the ship of the state. As Rosa Parks did in Alabama. Women who build peace today are disobedient women, they are difficult women. They are there, up there, in the front line. But their work has been invisibilised.”

Watch the video to hear their powerful, insightful and meaningful conversation, including Dr Meenakshi’s views on why nonviolent conflict is sometimes necessary, and Dr Scilla’s encounter with Nelson Mandela that taught her about the right kind of ‘energy’ that is required to change the world.

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