A woman who convinced more than 35,000 people to take to the streets, petitioning for peace between factions, made a huge difference in this world. At a time when women were only regarded as peacekeepers in the home, she brought peace from the streets to the nation. The story of a Nobel peace laureate from Belfast, Ireland, will keep inspiring our next generations, especially younger women like me. When I got a chance to exchange words with her through virtual connection, it was quite clear that she remained active and informed in her seventies.
People say activism stays strong with youth. But activism is a daily and long-term struggle. Mairead has reminded me that activism has no age. Under the name of activism, human rights and democracy, we found similar struggles against institutions of power across the globe. Yet, through those personal sharing and emotional connections, we become the united. I’m extremely humbled and honoured to follow in her example.
I woke up thinking how my past week has been a whirlwind of different emotions. I was two weeks late in joining the program as my visa processing was delayed. I flew to Canada with many thoughts and concerns, especially on sessions I missed and relationships I should have built with the other sisters. But every day and every moment count, and this is a rare moment in which I have left my country for a short time to experience my own personal and professional growth.
I have had a number of interesting experiences in the program. When I look back, I thank my sisters for welcoming me at midnight without sleeping. Their welcome hugs warmed me a lot. They helped guide me when I arrived late and I realized in those moments that I could settle myself in Canada as my home for the next few weeks.