Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: Peace Entrepreneurship-Part 1
By Gwendolyn S. Myers/Founder &Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP)
We may have heard the expression “one can’t live on air”. To rephrase this this old adage, we all have to work for a living as according a Liberian expression, there is no food for the lazy man. Peace messengers across the globe have been advised at one time or the other that Peace Advocacy is not lucrative and who feeds on it anyway. Peace, according to our lexicon is people’s work. Together, we are all responsible for the ingredients that can sustain peace.
Whether we are talking about conflict resolution, non-violence, peace advocacy, or we are working on peace consolidation and sustainability, dialogue and mediation, we need resources to make peace relevant. Youth are still under represented in peace work and in leadership positions and it is time for young people to get involved.
Peace work is hard work as it entails showing entrepreneurship from top to bottom. We need funds to under our programmes and projects. We also need the support of young people to get involved. Last week, we recruited ten volunteers to support our peace programmes. This week, our volunteers would be required to commence different peace programmes.
Messengers of peace have to survive; therefore, we painstaking devote our energy to volunteerism, strategic partnership and fundraising. For the remainder of the year, our attention would be placed on the implementation of several programmes like The Wheel-Youth Dialogue and Mediation; Children Deserve Peace and Security, Peace Summer Camp for Children, Youth Peace Dialogue Writing Competition and enhancing youth participation in the 2017 elections through Research, Radio, Street theatre and mobilization of young people.
We anticipate commencing our peace entrepreneurship programme soon through the use of digital media, new technology such as the solar system and going back to the roots.
The future of this country would be determined by how well we manage not just our resources, governance, but how much we invest in peace. It is no coincidence that the theme for this year International Day of UN Peacekeepers that is “Investing in Peace around the globe”.
We take this opportunity to commemorate this day and to express our gratitude to all who paid the ultimate price to ensure peace in Liberia. According to the UN Secretary-General,
Mr. António Guterres “Countless lives have been saved and improved by UN peacekeeping over the past seventy years; countless families ravaged by war have been given a new start”.
There is need for improved intellectual and financial resources in peace so as to confront the challenges of ad hoc peace initiatives. Peace entrepreneurship is gaining momentum and we would like to see more youth based and youth led organization involved in peace advocacy in Liberia.
Peace entrepreneurship is one area where we are very optimistic to get results that would make Liberia a safe, secure and peaceful place for young people. It is our expectations that Peace Entrepreneurship would yield some dividends and create jobs or facilitate young people to start their own peace business.
And until next week we come to you with another an interesting article on “Peace Entrepreneurship-Part 2”, it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.