by Gina Torry
For anyone who has ever asked themselves if their voice as a citizen matters or could make a difference when it come to peace and security — the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize, has issued a resounding response: Indeed.
When citizens from all walks of life and backgrounds are engaged constructively together, they have the power to turn a tide of conflict and violence to one of peace and prosperity.
Peace, arguably, requires much more strength, endurance and courage than violence. Building peace can be a treacherously slow process that requires sustained commitments over time — both political and financial — to dialogue.