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A Quote by Aung San Suu Kyi on womens role, women in conflict, home and family, women in peace, women empowerment, women education, peace and justice, tolerance, aung san suu kyi, nobel peace lauriat, political prisoner, myanmar, and woman leader

For millenia women have dedicated themselves almost exclusively to the task of nurturing, protecting and caring for the young and the old, striving for the conditions of peace that favour life as a whole. To this can be added the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, no war was ever started by women. But it is women and children who have always suffered most in situations of conflict. Now that we are gaining control of the primary historical role imposed on us of sustaining life in the context of the home and family, it is time to apply in the arena of the world the wisdom and experience thus gained in activities of peace over so many thousands or years. The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Source: Opening Keynote Address read on video to the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing Intl Women's Conference '95, 31 August 1995

Contributed by: Mila

A Quote by Aung San Suu Kyi on aung san suu kyi, myanmar, nobel peace lauriat, political prisoner, woman leader, woman of substance, family separation, conscience, right to normal life, and humanity

As I travel through my country, people often ask me how it feels to have been imprisoned in my home --first for six years, then for 19 months. How could I stand the separation from family and friends? It is ironic, I say, that in an authoritarian state it is only the prisoner of conscience who is genuinely free. Yes, we have given up our right to a normal life. But we have stayed true to that most precious part of our humanity--our conscience.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Source: All We Want is Our Freedom, speech published in Parade Magazine 2003

Contributed by: Mila

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