9/02/2018 - Published by

Two suffragettes holding a 'Votes for Women' banner.Women for Peace Poem

Julie Badon, a participant in the Leeds Women for Peace project, wrote a poem inspired by the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. This act allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time in UK history.

On this representation of the people Day,
The sixth of February nineteen eighteen,
We look at the power of women
And think just what did it mean?

Well they worked together collegiately
They mobilised the troops,
Working tirelessly and relentlessly
Gathering in clandestine groups.
Making sure the cause was vocalised,
Letting the political world just know,
That without representation from women
The world could not properly grow.

They needed strong resilience,
As great trauma they did bear,
With tubes shoved in their mouth or arse
Something they found difficult to share.

What does this mean for women for peace?
I think the struggle still ploughs on,
Whilst the political world has shifted
Abuse of power has not gone.
Domestic abuse still with us,
Some pay their rent by acts of sex,
Women still bear the children,
How we treat those vulnerable often makes me vexed!

How can we improve things?
Well by open, strong debate,
It is not that there is conflict
But allowing it to fester into hate.
If sticking to your guns is tricky,
Can there be compromise?
Consider the balance of power,
Recognise some people take you by surprise!

Bottom line, power brings responsibility,
accountability and a need to care,
We often don’t see things as they are
– but what’s going on for us that comes to bear.
And whilst words can have incredible power,
It is down to the actions that we take,
All power to women for peace,
So a better world we can make,
Making the connections
That bring together the human race,
By truly exploring the differences
Maybe we can put a smile on most people’s face.
No longer thinking “us and them”,
Recognising the common human cause,
At the end of the day we leave life with naught
– So let us influence the laws.

Julie Badon - writer of the inspiring poem Women for PeaceThis year the Peace Foundation is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th in Liverpool, with a panel discussion.

To find out more information, visit https://found4peace.wpengine.com/events/women-peace-learning-northern-ireland/.

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