NWI Co-Founder and 1997 Nobel Laureate Jody Williams
Williams, together with her sister laureates Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Mench_ Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, believes winning the prize is an honor, but also a responsibility.Î¾ She says peace is a commitment to equality and justice, a sentiment echoed by Ebadi of Iran.
"In all wars, it is women who are most vulnerable and women who are the last group to benefit from democracy," she said.Î¾ Ebadi was the first Muslim woman to win the prize, honored in 2003 for her work to promote human rights in Iran.Î¾ "When (the NWI) speaks about peace, and we think that the arena for our work is the whole world, you can imagine how big that goal is."Î¾Î¾
Since 2006 the NWI has championed the victims (mostly women and children) of atrocities in places such as Darfur, Burma and the Middle East.Î¾ They have organized UN tribunals, met with government leaders around the globe and raised awareness of the plight of the most vulnerable in wars' crossfire.
Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi
The NWI is housed in the UH Graduate College of Social Work, where Jody Williams is the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice.
"I firmly believe that if we live in a world of gender parity, it raises the bar for everybody.Î¾ When women's rights are met then everybody's rights are better," Williams said.Î¾ "No one person changes the world.Î¾ One person might be a catalyst to bring people of like mind together to change the world."
The Nobel Women's Initiative is part of what's happening at the University of Houston.Î¾ I'm Marisa Ramirez.Î¾
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