The Gwangju Jeonnam Branch of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG, branch head Seo-yeon Lee) celebrated the ‘International Day of Tolerance’ designated by the United Nations on November 16, to expand peace activities and lay the foundation for exchange and cooperation on the 20th. The 1st Interantional Women’s Peace Poem Writing Competition’ was held online.
The event, which was held under the theme of “peace and tolerance,” was attended by more than 80 women members and figures from 18 countries.
This event was planned as an opportunity to realize the activities of the IWPG in detail, to spread a culture of peace and to challenge new peace activities.
Submitted poetries will be awarded in December after being judged by former Jordanian Minister Nadia Hashem Aloul (IWPG Advisory Committee member) and branch manager Seo-yeon Lee. The winning work will be made into an e-book and will be an opportunity to blossom a flower of peace in the hearts of women in 18 countries, including the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.
Seo-yeon Lee, the branch manager, encouraged the participants by saying, “I hope that through this event, you will find peace in your heart through beautiful poetry.”
Rabecca Mphande, President of Pan African Australasian Diaspora Network GENDER, said, “I am grateful to be able to be with you in this meaningful event while earnestly wishing for peace in the global village amid the coronavirus pandemic. If you take it with you, peace is possible, and I hope that you can express your thoughts about peace in poetry and achieve peace together.”
Evridiki Iliaki, Chairwoman of How Women Works in Qatar said, “I am delighted to have the International Women’s Peace Poem Writing Competition in front of the sublime word ‘peace’ that nothing can ever invade”. I hope that the women of the global village will become one and a beautiful flower of peace will bloom.”
In addition, Professor Mkanibwa Ngoboka (IWPG Peace Lecturer) at Ruaha Catholic University in Tanzania, Maha Alsakban (IWPG Ambassador), founder of the Women Human Rights Center in Iraq, Kaltham Abdulla Yusuf Zainal, Senior Assistant of the Investcorp Bahrain, Achamelysh Asrat, the executive Director of the Saved to Save NGO and others sent congratulatory messages to the ‘1st International Women’s Peace Poem Writing Competition’.
On the other hand, IWPG is an international NGO with a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) actively unfolding.