Instituto for Women’s Studies
“Norma Virginia Guirola de Herrera”
The strengthening of justice means democratizing society and this cannot be done without everyone’s participation, from every space that every group establishes as an opinion. Nevertheless, it is necessary that we not fear changing the way we think and do about what seems normal, right, and politically possible. It is urgent that opinions are exchanged and process are started that will allow us to overcome traditional political semantics, in order to give a new meaning to fundamental concepts such as citizen participation and democracy.
It involves deciding about the future of El Salvador in its budding democratic life, in involves our general well-being, the human project, the destiny of each person and each family, which inevitably involves a common participation of women and men developing a new way of living together.
That is the way in which we create democratic processes, because any society that aspires to promote said model, needs to consciously acknowledge diversity, without subjecting itself to previously established models, necessarily looking for social cohesion that creates basic consensus without involving the loss of identity, autonomy, and creativity.
To acknowledge that El Salvador finds itself submerged in a socioeconomic, political, and cultural crisis does not mean that all is lost and that we are trapped, without a way out, quite on the contrary, we have before us a challenge, the biggest and most beautiful commitment of our lives: to consolidate the Social Peace that we desire so much. To consolidate the Social Peace that we so desire, implies giving up the culture of violence to cultivate a culture of dialogue and compromise, in order to lay the foundation for a new El Salvador that is more committed to respect human dignity in the which political institutions should have the capacity to address the different social needs that are presented to them, with mutual respect prevailing in said interaction.
Likewise, we should promote civic culture as a dimension of collective action through the respect for the responsible manifestation of citizens, which constitutes a fundamental premise for the transformation of society.
We should not look for ghosts where they do not exist and should not start a witch hunt that could lead us to more pain and exacerbate our spirits. We know that violence is the shared evil that follows us with tireless insistence, strengthening intolerance of ideas, lack of respect, and uncontainable hate, lies… the loss of values.
Let us look for a productive debate that will have to be directed to the discussion of other ways of doing politics that are not exclusive in the formation of new leadership, capable of creating alternatives that are not polarizing and create en the citizenry a critical and reflexive spirit. Only in that way, rejecting the mental barriers that had traditionally characterized political action, we could say with exactness that El Salvador is headed towards a real process of National Reconstruction.
Today, as we did yesterday, we reiterate our vocation and commitment towards the respect of human rights calling to those who make up this nation, to create a change of attitudes individually and socially that will completely change traditional behaviors and produce a movement in favor of Peace for our tormented People.
Certainly, our people are hungry and thirsty, not for blood but for justice. We are sure that none that is in their right senses desires in the very least to go back.
“We have before us a challenge, the biggest and most beautiful commitment of our lives: to consolidate the Social Peace that we desire so much and, to consolidate the Social Peace that we so desire, implies, giving up the culture of violence to cultivate a culture of Dialogue and Compromise, in order to lay the foundation for a new El Salvador that is more committed to respect human dignity”.
San Salvador, Casa Morada de la Mujer, July 2008