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Noor: Lets reclaim Mothers Day for peace – CNN.com [cnn.com]
“Noor: Let’s reclaim Mother’s Day for peace
POSTED: 11:58 p.m. EDT, May 11, 2007
By Queen Noor
Special to CNN
Editor’s note: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan is an international humanitarian activist, a leading voice on issues of world peace and justice, and honorary chair of Rediscover Mother’s Dayexternal link, which celebrates the role of women as peacemakers.
Mother’s Day — whether it is the U.S. tradition of celebrating mothers
on the second Sunday in May, or on the first day of spring, when we
observe the holiday in Jordan — is universally meant to be a tribute
to motherhood and the blessings of peace. In fact, in America the
holiday was originally called “Mother’s Day for Peace.” It was proposed
over a century ago by Julia Ward Howe, the famous abolitionist and
suffragist, after she witnessed first-hand the terrible bloodshed of
the Civil War in America and the Franco-Prussian War in Europe. Howe
hoped that the powerful maternal desire for security could shape world
events, and she called on mothers of the world to unite against war.