As a woman and as a peacebuilder that worked for children and youth in conflict zones in Kosovo, The Carter Center conference was an invaluable experience. I had a chance to meet people that are making a difference in their own communities; especially in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, human rights, women’s rights, politics, economy, education, and religion. Not only did we get to network with others but we also got to exchange ideas and thoughts through dialogue. We came to understand that some of us have similar experiences of war in our own countries. The different contributors were also walking the path of forgiveness.
Indeed, being together with other likeminded peacebuilders helps you feel a not lone, but instead motivated to continue achieving your goals. You have in the back of your mind that you are not alone facing these changes. The paths are not barren, they are filled with people that are struggling to forgive the perpetrators. As individuals we have to learn to overcome these challenges that any peacebuilder has. We have to keep going. We have to speak loud for those that don’t have a voice. We have to make the impossible possible.
View my address to President Carter below.