Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams was in Spain last week to talk about the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, as well as the impact of rising militarization on efforts for peace.
At Madrid's La Casa Encendida on June 12, Williams gave a public lecture on "Women Forging a New Security: International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict." She emphasized that women must play a key role in recreating the meaning of security. Williams also expressed the importance of civil society uniting to pressure local governments and the international community to end violence against women in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all - including effective prosecution of those responsible.
A day earlier, Williams delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Cantabria Campus Nobel in Santander. The international meeting brought together three Nobel Laureates, 50 world-class scientists, and 100 young researchers with a goal of encouraging creativity and scientific vocation among university students.
In her address, Williams emphasized that disarmament is essential to end militarism and build a peaceful society, highlighting the importance of working in a collaborative effort with citizens around the world to achieve security. Williams insisted that all people, whether activists or not, have the capacity to change the world.
La guerra contra el terror de Obama es peor que la de Bush, El País, 11 June 2012.