Mairead Corrigan - Maguire
Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1976
"Gandhi taught that nonviolence does not mean passivity. No. It is the most daring, creative, and courageous way of living, and it is the only hope for our world.”
There are people who try to embody change every day, who focus every day of their lives on building a tangible future and a better, sustainable world. Mairead Corrigan Maguire invites us to turn the page over in our lives, to make a strong step forwards towards Peace. She refers not only to external peace, but also to the inner peace that can overcome any difficulty or obstacle and above all can allow us to meet each other with new eyes and with much greater tolerance than ever before.
ABOUT MAIREAD CORRIGAN-MAGUIRE
Following the terrible incident that during the 1976 Northern Ireland Conflict saw her three grandchildren lose their lives to an IRA fugitive shot dead by an English soldier, Mairead Maguire changed her life radically, leaving her post as a secretary to become a tireless peace activist. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after creating the Peace People movement in Northern Ireland for non-violent conflict resolution, together with Betty Williams and journalist Ciaran McKeown. Extraordinarily determined, she has since devoted her entire life to non-violence and to promoting disarmament across the planet, travelling to many countries and taking part in the Russel Tribunal in Palestine. She is a member of the International Peace Council, founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and participates in the Global Nonkilling Movement. Mairead does not hesitate to take strong positions and express uncomfortable points of view. She is an active pacifist and believes that violence and wars in the world will only end when armies are abolished and our societies will no longer be founded not on violence or the threat of violence, but on Human Rights and International Law.