These women are all leading in new ways, showing us a path to peace and disarmament. They call on us to wake up and unite to remove nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
Presented May 10, 2022 by Women Transforming Our Nuclear Legacy, a coalition of women leaders and activists from around the world calls for peace in Ukraine and an end to the threat of nuclear war.
Born out of a US-Russian women’s dialogue and peacebuilding initiative founded just over a year ago, the group began with the goal of improving US-Russian relations, reducing tensions, to avoid nuclear war and to work together for disarmament and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Over the past year, they have written several open letters published in both countries calling for peace. Their last open letter, published a week before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was related to Ukraine’s call for peace. They issued an appeal for peace in Ukraine calling for an immediate ceasefire “to end the killings, bloodshed and immense human suffering”.
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE SPEAKERS:
Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and co-founder of Peace People, Northern Ireland. Mairead was the aunt of three Maguire children who died after being hit by an Irish Republican Army getaway car after its driver was shot dead by a British soldier. She responded to the violence her family and community faced by organizing massive peace protests calling for an end to the bloodshed and a non-violent solution to the conflict. Mairead was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for his courageous efforts in co-founding a movement to bring peace and end the violence resulting from ethnic political conflict in Northern Ireland. Since receiving the award, she has dedicated her life to promoting peace and disarmament, both in Northern Ireland and around the world.
Dr. Paula Garb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University. For the past twenty-eight years, Dr. Garb has facilitated citizen dialogues and taught peaceful problem-solving skills in conflict zones in the South Caucasus and to gang intervention workers in Southern California. She also taught mediation and conflict resolution at the University of California at Irvine for twenty-five years. Dr. Garb sits on the board of the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding which she co-founded and co-directed for twenty years. She has also published numerous books and journal articles on peacebuilding.
Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez is a diplomat and academic who previously served as Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. In 2017, Ambassador Whyte chaired the United Nations Conference that negotiated and adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Faced with extraordinary time pressure and, at times, contentious debate, Ambassador Whyte facilitated passage of this historic agreement by a vote of 122 nations in favour, one against and one abstention. Among her many accomplishments, she is also the first woman and youngest person to serve as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica.
Cynthia Lazaroff is the lead creative producer of US-Russia Relations: The Quest for Stability, a seven-part multimedia documentary produced with philanthropic support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. For the past forty years, Cynthia has been engaged in Track II and 1.5 diplomacy with Russia and the former Soviet Union. Cynthia is the founder and director of Women are transforming our nuclear heritage & NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth.