Democracy in 2020 does not need back rooms and secrets. It is a vibrant participatory and transparent process with discussion, debate, acknowledgement, insight, compromise and above all – mutual respect.
Real peace can only be achieved when all parties sit at the negotiating table on an equal footing, when trust is built up between people, when we learn to step out of the permanent pressure of competition, and when we finally wish our neighbour the same as we wish ourselves.
May the gentlemen increase their wealth and satisfy their ego. But we women will no longer be carried away by the myths of enmity. Maybe we don’t know anything about natural gas pipelines, F-16s, cyberspace armaments, nuclear warheads or hedge fund investments. But we do have an idea of what we and future generations will need.
We belong to the negotiating table.