M. Charito KruvantMay 11, 2013 07:39
Commentary: From the battlefields of Syria to the ganglands of Central America, mothers are key to improving security.
A Syrian mother takes care of her children after they were displaced from their houses due to fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces on Aug. 25, 2012 at the Syrian border with Turkey. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — This Mother’s Day, when our nation reflects on the contributions mothers make to our lives, it’s time to look beyond our borders and accept a simple truth: mothers everywhere help make the world a safer, more stable place to live. As the leader of an international development company, I have experienced firsthand the power of women to address the root causes of insecurity and promote governance and economic development. But I have also observed that, especially in the developing world, women too often are viewed as victims and mere consumers of security services, rather than as important security actors in their own right.