Looking at the deteriorating world conditions, my friends and myself felt we
had to do something.
We had looked at the gems of all religions and realized that all faiths talk
about loving and nurturing. We wanted to spread that message. As mothers as
sisters as wives as friends…
We were pregnant with the feeling that women must lead now.
So we delivered the ‘Women’s Movement for peace’
The vision as ‘Bombay Times put it is ‘to harness women’s wisdom to end
violence, and create a culture of peace and justice.’
The inner core group consists of Ram Maheshwary, Islamic scholar Dr Zeenat
Shaukat Ali, educationist Maya Shahani, Leena Prabhoo and yours sincerely.
Dr Zeenat Shaukat Ali says: “We have to understand that we are
interdependent in India. Women must work hand in hand to ensure progress.
Violence and deaths have created divisions in our hearts, but these divisions
are superficial, and can be removed.
I, Shakun, believe that we have to get to know each other better.
One must not waste ones time hating when life is so short for love.
The world is bleeding and we women, have to raise collective voice against
exploitation in the name of religion.
So at Azad Maidan in Mumbai the ‘Women’s Movement for Peace’ was
launched by the Former Mumbai Police Chief, Julio Ribeiro, who stated that he
has always considered women more powerful than men. During the 1992-93 riots in
Mumbai, Hindu and Muslim women from
Dharavi came together hand in hand and prevented violence in the sensitive area.
And yet, as I write this, I feel a sense of helplessness and dejection. One
is tired of reading about the senseless killings in different parts of the
world. One is grateful that one, and ones own are safe, but for how long, one
Believe me when I tell you, that I have no agenda, except to be one amongst
countless others, who maybe can contribute to the stopping of the madness that
has gripped the world.
Yet, maybe you are thinking like I am at the moment, that when one cannot
stop violence on smaller scales, how will we accomplish such a mammoth task?
Maybe the solution lies in changing ourselves only. Let us just read the
following constitution and follow to the best of our capacity, as much as we
truly can in the best way we can and as long as we can.
Jown Fowles states:
Men see objects, Women see the relationship between objects.
Whether the objects need each other, love each other, match each other.
It is an extra dimension of feeling we men are without and one that makes war
abhorrent to all real women- and absurd.
Akram Nadwi states:
...Barring Muslim women from education and religious authority is akin to the
pre-Islamic custom of burying girls alive.
"I tell people, god has given girls qualities and potential, he says. If
they aren't allowed to develop them, if they aren't provided with opportunities
to study and learn, it's basically a live burial."
CONSTITUTION OF INDIAN WOMEN
Women of India, have solemnly resolved to Unite our Collective Wisdom for the
betterment of our Community and Ourselves.
We hereby vow to strive towards bringing PEACE and TOGETHERNESS in our
families and neighborhood and work towards Communal Harmony.
To Educate Ourselves, Our Men and Our Children about the Values of
Compassion, Love, Integrity, Honesty, Truthfulness, Hard Work, Acceptance,
Forgiveness, Sharing, Respect for Humanity and Our Environment.
To raise a Collective Voice against those indulging in Suppression,
Oppression, Exploitation, Victimization, and Abuse of Ourselves, Our Men and Our
To strive towards Social, Economic and Political JUSTICE, LIBERTY of Thought,
Expression, Belief, Faith, Worship and EQUALITY of Status and of Opportunity for
Ourselves, Our Men, and Our Children.
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this
Eleventh day of May, 2002, do WE ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS