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[1st Peace & War Story] The Unwomanly Face of War – An Oral History of Women in World War II, written by Svetlana Alexievich
We’ve seen and read many “war-themed” movies, books, and stories. Sometimes we are touched by the romantic love stories of the main characters or family love stories during wars. A man sacrificing himself to protect his loved one and a mother who died to protect her child, these are very common touching scenes in many war-related contents. However, do you really think these are such dramatic and moving scenes?
This kind of scenes is “well wrapped-up war stories”!!! The heavy and dark theme of war is embellished with the love story in any war movie, beautifully or maybe lightly.
There is a book that adds weight to the idea of, “War is terrible, heavy, and never should happen”. It is called, ‘The Unwomanly Face of War – An Oral History of Women in World War II’, written by Svetlana Alexievich. This book insists that we should remember the war seriously and remember it as it was, not distort the truth.
The War is mostly recorded by the winner rather than in the position of the loser. Thus, a war is mostly represented as a general and even positive event by the victor.
“How far did human words
have alienated us from the truth.”
– from the book
After realizing the real face of a war, it is not only destroying humans but also the global village. Human beings have been at war for a long time and the war has evolved from small fights to the world wars such as World War II. We must remember that a small fire could become a huge fire and shatter the world.
The reality, however, is to force those who tried to tell the truth about what they saw and heard during the war, to remain silent. In the book, there are women in the silent cry.
Decades later, those who fought in World War II were still suffering from the terrible memory of the war, also female soldiers with male soldiers at that terrible scene.
This book tells us the story of the women soldiers.
– TO BE CONTINUED…
Political and social representatives in Africa and Middle East were gathered to discuss international cooperation for peace building through a series of events held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia including the “Ethiopia Peace Conference” on August 15 with education experts and civil society, the “Addis Ababa Summit” with political leaders from Africa and the Middle East and the “Open Dialogue with Religious Leaders” on August 16.
This series of peace conferences is organized by an international peace NGO called HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) under the UN ECOSOC along with representatives from various sectors and organizations in Ethiopia.
According to a statement released by the Department of Public Relations “On the 15th, groups of youth and women will talk about the ethnic or regional conflicts that have been continuing until recently and discuss the legalization of peace necessary for harmony and reconciliation among nations. The host organization, HWPL, is proposing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as a resolution for establishing a legally binding law for peace that can fundamentally prevent war and conflict.”
“On the 16th, there will be a forum for interfaith dialogue to promote a network among Christian denominations to be one under the meaning of the scripture and the 2018 Addis Ababa Summit to strengthen a cooperative partnership for regional stability and peace by reaffirming the importance of the implementation of an international/internal law for peace.” the statement stated.
Over 15th to 16th days, HWPL had the time to sign for the support of DPCW with participants from all walks of life. DPCW was created by international law experts for building the peace world without the war. During the two-day peace tour, participants at each event pledged to support and urge the DPCW for sustainable peace.
The Chairman Lee ManHee of HWPL, who held the summit with Ethiopian leaders during the 29th Peace Tour, emphasized the importance of peace movement to work as one in which each stratum came together, saying “If there is an answer to peace, then any family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace, ending war and making sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”
The DPCW deals with the international cooperation to institutionalize and culturally develop peace and cessation of war through the cooperation of world legal experts by HWPL. In this Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War covers the develop friendly relations between nations, prohibit the use of the forces, respect of the international law, foster religious freedom, and spread a culture of peace.
The Chairman of HWPL following a peace tour to the United Nations in May, said “We should also write a letter to the president to support the Implementation of international laws for the cessation of war. It says that the people have all the power of the state. That’s why the president has no reason to refuse what the people want.”. And the Chairman presented a role of civil society for peace and urged them to join peace activities.
Youth and teens in Indianapolis came together to fight violence on Aug 11. The WE LIVE peace walk on Saturday was the second annual Peace Walk. It was in honor of Dijon Anderson, their classmate at Warren Central High School, who was killed in a shooting last spring. His friends didn’t want him to die in vain, so they started their anti-violence movement.
Brandon Warren who created to We LIVE said the walk is about raising awareness and showing that whether or not you are the shooter or the person being shot, both outcomes are tragic. “We want to persuade more teens to get involved and spread the word to other teens that they may be going down the wrong path and show them that there are other options.” Warren said.
The group walked about a mile from Washington Park to the juvenile center on the east side. That’s because they want to let the people there know that there are people who care about them. They prayed for the youth and the city, and families who have lost children and teens to gun violence.
Now We LIVE plans to expand to more cities, continue the annual Peace Walk and add other related events throughout the year.
Important roles of Media and Media Literacy for the readers
The role of the media is to objectively report the news and inform its viewers without bias. And also the media can promote positive culture to the masses, the whole world. (from: http://media1.rs/society-role-media-positive/) “The portal used to aggregate more than 2500 news articles daily.” in only United Kingdom. than… how about the whole world? Let’s think about it.. So huge… this adjective is not enough to explain the earth.. whole world where we are living in.
In our world, media is very important. Because the media is so influential in our lives today. And not just news, but SNS or Youtube.. especially Video creators now.. there are so many influencers not even to their own countries but also other countries.. So Nowadays, we can feel “Global village”. When I volunteered at the international conference in 2006, one of the conference’s programs was the event section which was called Global village in a big convention hall. There were six parts(continents), which were Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania. So many activists and movements from Each continents showed what they were doing in their countries. In the convention hall, I could feel it truly was Global village!! But.. now, I don’t need to visit the event hall.. When I click the web, I could feel it, too. As a global villager and a media producer(writer), I want to say that the media is so important and I also have the ethic and standards of my media.. If you are a media producer, such as a Youtuber, blogger, SNS influencer, and etc., please do not forget that you can influence others for our better future and promote positive culture, such as peace culture.
If you are a reader, or subscriber, and etc., please read below.. and let’s talk about this.. “Media literacy.”
Before going to the subject, media literacy, have you ever heard about curation?
Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area. There are tons of news sites and website with infos in our world.. And they are all speaking out that “YOU Need to KNOW!” and “YOU Should Do This!”… So most people use RSS app or specific news site to know about what they are interested in. And some news sites have created the part with AI which is customized News Section. And the curation could be similar to framing.. but framing is in a bad ways to show the facts, which means that it could be a biased info.
How about you? Do you use your specific ways to find news related to your interest? Or do you just look through what the portal web-sites or the news sites show on the first page? And do you just believe it? “Oh! this news site shows that, so it’s true.” Or do you check whether it is true or not?
As a writer and also a reader, I think we need to have the media literacy. That’s why I first talked about the curation and framing.
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy. -Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture. (from: expanded definition: http://www.medialit.org/media-literacy-definition-and-more)
So long definition… in a shorter way to say.. we need to eyes like RC.. It could be easy to believe what the news or media are saying without doubt. Hmm… democracy world can’t be achieved easily. Throughout histories… we knew that.
And I know that it is hard to find out whether it’s true or not because we don’t have full authorities to access the truth, right? What we can do is to look for infos on the web or books.. even we don’t have, we should try in order to make the media broadcast the truth not lies. Media produces contents, and we are watching with checking the fact!!
What I also respect is their own political attitudes, such as conservative, liberal, etc… All people can have the right to have their own political opinion.. But.. what I want you to do is not to close eyes even though the fact doesn’t fit your political opinions.. Opinion is cultivated from various infos and thoughts, isn’t it?
As global village citizens, we shouldn’t be stupid public unconditionally controlled by medias. Let’s make better world, peaceful world so that we live happily and inherit better world to our next generations. I am going to spread the news with peaceful contents to promote peace culture! If you find out the error of my articles, please let me know by commenting! let’s create win-win culture! By doing so, there wouldn’t be a false media any more which is spreading hatred, conflict, war cultures.
Wars don’t have winners, only losers are left behind
Why would we wish for people to lose everything, including their families, in a war that has no winners, only losers?
This question made me think deeply about wars.
Of course, we learn history and know that most of the wars normally end with a country taking over the other one. However, if we zoom into every person who suffered from wars, we face deaths, broken families, glooms, and etc. Also wars force young people to give up their dream jobs, love, and even their lives. These cannot be replaced by anything in the world.
We always need to acknowledge that we can be one of the people. When we hear news about wars happening lately, we should be paying attention carefully and make efforts personally too. Making a voice by personal SNS can be one of the efforts.
Let’s be aware of wars, and work for peace together for our future generation.
International Law for Peace, Are you ready?
Chairman ManHeeLee of HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), Chairwoman NamHeeKim of IWPG (Internationl World Peace Group) and the Peace Delegation have dedicated their efforts to take world peace tours to urge the need of drafting and implementing an article in the international law for cessation of wars and world peace.
During the tirps taken after WARP Summit 2014, they have continued to appeal to the world leaders to draft an article on convention on the renunciation and cessation of wars and international armed conflicts. Most notably, Chairman Lee delivered a keynote speech on “The importance of a Peaceful Policy for the Unification of the Korean Peninsula’ at the co
nference commemorating the 25th anniversary for the fall of communism. He further addressed the necessity of international collaboration to bring peaceful resolution to end armed conflicts at 2015 UN Peace Resolution.
Continuing to creating the platform for all groups wanting peace, Chairman Lee reminded the participants the importance of drafting an article in the international law for peace at the 15th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World (ICCJW) in Lucknow, India, Moreover, at the Inauguration ceremony of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Manila, Philippines, he emphasized the role of policy makers and law officials in establishing peace in their region and in the world.
Having seen the sincerity in his powerful messages, many world leaders have become the members of HWPL’s Peace Advisory Council, pledging to work for the proposal on convention on the cessation of wars and international armed conflicts to give their unsparing support in bring forth the permanent peace.
Chairman Lee and his delegation served as the bridge to connect among officials whose hearts for humanity and their pursuit of peace drive their actions for peace. The world is yet to see the results and performance of their greater collaborative efforts in seeking and implementing peaceful resolutions.
Bearing fruits of their endless efforts, at the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit, HWPL aims to present the first draft of the convention on the renunciation and cessation of wars and international armed conflicts, prepared by its Peace Advisory Council. Through presenting such convention, HWPL hopes to strengthen its awareness and discuss the way forward. The 1st annual commemorative event will make huge strides and bring the new wave of peace.