Betty Williams

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Betty Williams

Description of this extraordinary person:Betty Williams is known for being the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 alongside, Mairead Corrigan for co-founding the community of peace people (an organisation used to promote peaceful resolutions to the Troubles in Northern Ireland). The troubles is a conflict primarily of political concern. She is the head of the Global Children's Foundation, and Chair of Institute for Asian Democracy. Betty lectures on various topics including; peace, education, and children's rights. She has strong beliefs on making sure everyone understands issues about these topics and hopes that poeple will be inspired to help her find resolutions. In 2006 she became a Nobel Women's Initiative their ultimate goal is to bring together their efforts and experiences to help strengthen work being done in support of women's rights around the world. On August 10th 1976 she drew attention to the public and media by getting 6000 petitions signed by people after witnessing the death of three children in her own neighbourhood. The petition was to promote peace. The Community of Peace people's goal is to promote a peaceful world, where society is able to love one and another. On July 10 2006, she delivered a message and mentioned how she wanted to kill George Bush because she held him responsible for the thousands of children killed in the Middle East. She later on appologized, though she was never interrogated as a criminal for wishing upon the death of the president. Betty williams is currently President of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International, whose main goals are to provide political voice for children in affected areas such as wars.

Beatitudes that best exemplify her:The 8 beatitudes are blessings and teachings that promise us eternal happiness. They are found in Gospels Mathew 5. 1. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. (Mathew 5:7) Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives themselves but also try to bring peace and friendship to others. They stand up to injustice and make sure everyone is happy the way they are living. Being a peacemaker is a very hard act because by peacemaking we are also risking being persecuted for standing up against injustice. Examples include poeple such as Betty Williams who is fighting her whole life for peace.2.Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mathew 5:8)This beatitude means that poeple might be persecuted for their acts of righteousness. Righteousness means acts that are upright, vituous, morally excellent. Righteousness at the time came verbally meaning poople were being mocked, fired, abused, bullied, laughed at, and even banished from a group for for the sake of righteousness. Example, Antonia Mesina, was a 16 year old girl who was struck repeatedly in the head with a rock by a 16 year old boy in an attempted rape. 3.Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Mathew 5:2)Those who are geniunely sad because of the loss of others or of theirselves. Those who mourn for the sufferings of others. Those who are sad about everyone's sufferings not only their loved ones. (We are all children of God therefore we must all love eachother). Example, someone's brother dies and you are there to comfort and give them hope.

Quick Facts off the Day: Born: 22 May 1943 In: Belfast, Ireland (71) Religion: Roman CatholicAwards won: Nobel peace prize, People's Peace Prize of Norway Member: Community of peace people

Written by: Kimia Famil Dardeshti

Special things done to exemplify these Beatitudes:1. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.Throughout Betty's life she has been interested in peace. She has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 because of her concern for promoting peace, by signing petitions. She is the co-founder of the Community of Peace People. She is a very initiated person when it comes to her concerns for peace as in many events she has put children's peace before her own life. On August 10 1976, after she witnessed the death of the 3 children she went up to their mother and offered help, something not everyone would do because of their own risk. This action proves to us that Williams is able to go to great extincts to assure the peace of children in her neighbourhood and all around the world. 2. "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Throughout her whole life, Betty has always been one to let go of other peoples comments and thoughts. Throughout many incidents including that of the August 10th, when it was heard that Betty was going around spreading news she came near to very few conflicts with people. People didn't believe in her and people ridiculed her and insulted her but Betty never gave up, qualities that not many people have. 3. "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."Betty felt bad for the three children being shot right in front of her eyes and that's when she decided to take matters in her own hands and help out the mother. The mother unfortunately suicide 4 years after the death of her children but Betty tried very hard to comfort her and mourn about her sufferings.

Nobel Peace Prize winner: Betty Williams

Lessons:1. If you see of something, that doesn't seem right don't be afraid to stand up and fight against it.(she helped whenever she could to promote peace, whenever their wasn't any"2. If you are seeking for peace, don't cause any problems along the way.(Don't cause any problems along the way, disruption your attempting at creating peace)3.Love and care for everyone, even those who are strangers.(Betty helped everyone, even those she didn't personally know)4. Spread the news and message of righteousness even if you might be punished and mocked along the way.(She signed 6000 petitions for the three children, and was later on mocked for it)5. If you stand up for someone, don't seek for attention when doing so, don't do it for others, do it for yourself and for God.


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