Here’s sharing this quote by Dalai Lama who said in 2009 that “the world will be saved by the western woman”.
“At the Vancouver Peace Summit September 2009, the Dalai Lama said something that ricocheted around the globe. He said that he is a feminist. And he opined that Western women will save the world.”
(From “A master’s words of wisdom“)
I learnt that a number of people have been encouraged and inspired by his statement. For example, according to the article “Women will save the world”, best selling author and Absolute Love Publishing Founder Caroline A Shearer “was struck by the profound implications of this statement and was drawn to explore the subject. Shearer joins essays from Olympians, Billboard-topping musicians, visionary media professionals, artists, authors, and more with profiles of historical women, such as Mother Teresa, Harriet Tubman, and the founder of Junior League, each who saved the world in their own ways.” Her book is called “Women will save the world”.
I suppose women in general, not just western women, have the potential to continue to make greater positive changes to the world. After all, it is well observed that with the rise of the feminine energy worldwide, we are moving towards a more compassionate, empathetic and nurturing global society, as stated by Dalai Lama.
“During that Summit, the Dalai Lama stated that we are seeing the rise of the feminine energy globally and that we are moving towards a more compassionate, empathetic and nurturing global society.”
(From “Dalai Lama – the world will be saved by the western woman”)
Likewise, this article adds:
“According to The Guardian report, women are more likely to incorporate community and environment into their business plans. According to his Holiness, The Dalai Lama, “Some people may call me a feminist….But we need more effort to promote basic human values — human compassion, human affection. And in that respect, females have more sensitivity for others’ pain and suffering.”
(From “Women will save the world! Really… The Dalai Lama says so“)
In the western context, he might well be referring to Hillary Clinton too when he said that since she can be seen as an epitome of a western woman who has made tremendous impact in addressing issues of abuse and inequality around the world.
“And maybe I’m dreaming, but the world needs Hillary not only to get herself “untired,” but in the next chapter of her life to become a role model for the idea that one can both be untired and successful.
Who better to lead the redefining success charge? “She’s the most important woman in America,” writes Michael Tomasky. “More: she is almost certainly the most important woman in all of our political history.” For an entire generation, she’s been the foremost example of the successful woman.”
(From “Redefining the meaning of success: Hillary Clinton’s next great challenge?“)
I think anyone can also be an inspiration in whatever capacity they are in. As a saying goes, one does not need to be a president (or prime minister or Secretary of State etc) to change the world – it all starts with the power of one, and it happens one person at a time too, according to Mother Teresa’s philosophy.
Hillary Clinton: Women’s progress is human progress
As Hillary Clinton shared in the above video, while much progress has been made to empower women and reinstate their full rights for voting, education, healthcare, holding prominent offices and starting businesses, there is still a long way to go in many places.
This article reinforces her message that ensuring women’s rights will further human progress.
“Women also foster global security. What data exists, shows that women make unique contributions during peace negotiations, then afterward, they help bring peace agreements to life at the community level, noted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in remarks at the conference.
The United Nations Development Program’s “Human Development Report” shows how elevating the status of women in developing countries can deliver returns for the entire society. The report shows, Clinton noted, that inequality between men and women can reduce a country’s overall progress in health, education, and standard of living by up to 85 percent.”
(From “Women can’t count if they aren’t counted“)
I think and hope more is being done to address the problem of inequality around the world, and it is good that Hillary Clinton is contributing towards creating greater awareness so that more people can take appropriate actions to fight for women’s rights for our common good.
Update (9 Feb 2013)
Incidentally, I came across this blog entitled “ARE YOU RISING????? (A Call to all Women and Men)” in my WordPress reader, which calls for people around the world to rise up and take actions to address the issue of violence against women.
I learnt that there is a movement called “One Billion Rising” – here’s their website. I think it is good that this movement is helping to raise awareness and show support for the protection and well-being of women.
“About One Billion Rising
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being”
(From “About One Billion Rising“)