From Pink Slippers to Peace

Watching four-year olds work out issues through dialogue and seeing boys in pink slippers was at first a revelation and then an inspiration for the Education for Peace Initiative.

The  gnawing thought was, “Where do biases and stereotypes originate?” In turn this led me to question, for example, why some people have a gender bias and I don’t. In this process of self-dialogue or soul-searching as one may call it, I discovered that my gender role models were strong, confident, independent women who I had watched share views on human rights with much passion, as well as enjoy the dance-around-the-trees type romance on screen and miss no opportunity to connect with friends and family, and somewhere the proverbial light bulb was ‘lit.’

It has been a long time since and the work is moving slowly, but the road ahead holds promise.

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