His Holiness the Dalai Lama Underlines Women’s Role in Peace Building Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 9:49 a.m.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greet the crowd prior to a conversation with Maria Shriver in Vancouver Tuesday, 29 September 2009. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting Vancouver to take part in the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward|
Speaking to California first lady Maria Shriver, wife of Arnold
Schwarzenegger, at a Women and Peace-building conference in downtown
Vancouver Tuesday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said the role of women
in peace building is vital, but often ignored, Canadian Television online reported.“The
other day I mentioned whether you call me God king, or Buddha or demon
it doesn’t matter. I emphasise a special rule for females very much to
this world so many people describe me as a feminist.”His Holiness the Dalai Lama said giving women more important roles in society would foster more self-confidence.”We
need a special effort for the purpose of compassion that should make
women a more important role,” His Holiness told the audience.
|16,000 youths take part in We Day event in Vancouver. His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the gathering.|
Holiness says modern democracy makes it easier for female political
candidates, with their propensity for kindness, to succeed.”One
of the greatness of democracy is you can show your ability and maybe
people are more conscious about sincerity, truthfulness, sincerity in a
candidate. For women, this is good.”Shriver, a longtime humanitarian, led the intimate dialogue at the Orpheum Theatre. She
visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India in 2006 to extend a
personal invitation to her annual Women’s Conference. The annual event,
which unites more than 80 international leaders, is hailed as the
largest meeting of women in the United States.Shriver says she
has long been moved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s belief that women
are the caretakers and educators of our future citizens and society.