By Barbara Gaughen-Muller
Rotary Action Group for Peace Chairwoman
Rotary Women are Women of Peace and Women of Action
For the 2023 International Woman’s Day and beyond, 6 International women on the Rotary Action Group for Peace Board created a one-minute video on Instagram. Each of us from Hong Kong to Turkey and Wales said, “I am a woman of peace and a woman of action in Rotary”
I am so proud of the women in Rotary, we are women of Action:
  • Taking leadership roles in our zones
  • Creating Peace Builder Clubs in your Club
  • Spreading Peace via Zoom meetings in countries where peace is needed
  • Cleaning beaches and parks 
  • Joining RAGS like our RAGFP
  • Sponsoring Rotaract Clubs 
  • Fighting Polio
  • Bringing comfort and nourishment to the unhoused and evacuees.  
Thank you, women of Rotary! Dear men of Rotary I am so proud of you too. I was invited to join the Hollywood Rotary Club right after Sylvia Whitlock removed the blocks to women joining Rotary. I watched RI President Jennifer Jones break the last glass ceiling in Rotary. I have watched and read about women being the source of new ideas, comfort and peace as I read the Rotarian.
The 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity, which Rotary does. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.
A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every Rotary Club and Action. And it is important to understand the difference between equity and equality as in this illustration. Conversations are the key to having the right fit for all your club members. Rotarians are people for peace and action!