A Force Such As The World Has Never known: Women Creating Change is a must book to read to understand the complex issues related to women and world peace. This book was published in 2013 by Canadian Women’s Studies Innana Publication. It was birthed by the contributions of women from different countries who are committed to equality,justice and peace building. Sharmin Ahmad(শারমিন আহমদ) has contributed a chapter in this book, “The Rising Phoenix:Weaving Peace”. Her article focuses on the rape victims of 1971 and how women have risen above their personal crisis to show the world peace and hope. Her Interview with Ferdousi Priobhashini, is mentioned in this context’
Gist of the Book
A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change is a unique collection of narratives from women from all around the globe. These are stories of compassion and bravery, empowered by the vision of a better world for all life. It emphasizes the need to empower the feminine and assure gender balance and human rights for all. This accumulation of women’s stories reveals the role of women in creating needed changes in areas of health and nutrition, supporting efforts toward sustainable environments, promoting political and social rights, protecting women from the travesties of war and rape and promoting religious diversity and better conditions for all beings.
A very interesting and instructive manuscript that both gives one much needed hope and reveals some of how much needs to be done before both women and men can hope to live together in equality and harmony in a world at peace. An attempt to really pull together the voices of women activists from around the world revealing the particular context in which women live in their countries and the actions women have and are taking to improve the lives of women in particular, women and men more generally, in their countries. This anthology offers an introduction to women’s movements in parts of the world where we normally have little access to this kind of information, i.e., women’s activism in communist societies such as the U.S.S.R and now Russia, and China, as well as women’s activism within spiritual traditions such as Islam and Buddhism, and forms of activism that women may not have previously considered (e.g. dance). The book makes an important contribution in filling the gap in knowledge about the status and activism of women in other cultures.