Kathleen Kirwin

Kathleen Kirwin

Attorney at Law
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The KirwinLaw Practice: Access to Justice/Pieces of Peace

For purposes of Kate’s talk, the definition of “technology” she found most fitting is this: “TECHNOLOGY IS A MEANS TO FULFILL A HUMAN PURPOSE.” Although Katie is a linguist and a lawyer, and essentially argues for a living, she can find no words to describe the quantum of inhumanity which can, and does, fit within that definition. Katie has not come to London to tell you what she has done throughout the decades, but rather to share with you what she has witnessed. Within that sharing, Kate may take you to Syria, Uganda, Kosovo, Rwanda, Namibia, Afghanistan, the United States, and Burma. It is in those places you will meet, if only for a moment, the many heroines and heroes of her talk and how “technology” played a part in their lives and far too often in their deaths. Her points of referent will be international human rights; the laws of war; corporate murder; the United Nations; genocide; restorative justice; refugees and IDP’s; reconciliation; the rape of people and the rape of land; children begging for peace; and children decimated by war.

In 2008, Katie had the honor and privilege of speaking at the United Nations 52nd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women where she was asked to speak on “A Lesson on Peace- Making and Peace-Building: Exploring the Qualities and Skills of Female Leaders Worldwide.” It was there that Kate reminded her audience, and more so herself, that “peace only comes in small pieces.” The term “technology” stems from the Greek word Tekhne, which roughly translates into “art” or “skill.” Kate’s single wish is that we at this Summit, individually and collectively, use our “Tekhne” to bring even a small “piece of peace” to the madness in which we all now live.

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