Women’s efforts for peace have always been impressive.
I’m going to take a look at the events of peace that are historically important. I can’t help but cry at the thought of what they’re trying to do, even now.
International Women’s Day 8 March
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. The first start begins in 1908. A New York textile factory caught on fire on 8 March 1908, with the owner trapping his female workers inside.. He had been forcing them to work 10-hour days, making fabric of mauve and lilac color. 129 workers died in the fire. It was a terrible thing. #WomensDay
International Women’s Day 2019 : http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day
UN History : https://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml
Official : https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
UN Charter: “Fundamental freedoms for all”
In 1975, during International Women’s Year (IWY), the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of gender equality. Also, in 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is established for empowerment of women.(In 2019, CSW63) Taking a historic step in July 2010, the UN General Assembly creates the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
UN Charter : https://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/introductory-note/index.html
UN Women : http://www.unwomen.org/en
Malala: “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”
Peace activist Malala Yousafzai has had a tremendous impact on women and young people, and has strengthened the power of women. Their efforts are not over. In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. They announce their achievements every year, and strive to achieve our goals.
SDGs Goal 5 : https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg5
What are the current statistics?
It is still at a serious level.
- It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
- However, some national studies show that up to 70 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- It is estimated that there are 650 million women and girls in the world today who were married before age 18.
- Approximately 15 million adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) worldwide have experienced forced sex.
- It is estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 globally, more than half (50,000- 58 per cent) were killed by intimate partners or family members, meaning that 137 women across the world are killed by a member of their own family every day.
Reference : http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures
Now what should we do?
I think you know that women have done so much for peace. So what’s next? Now what are the roles we should do for peace? I can’t wait without doing anything. IMO, the paradigm of peace has already changed. Now the citizens are the mainstay, changing everything. This shift started from “Peace Letter Campaign” from IPYG and HWPL, which became associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) and ECOSOC in 2016.
Last year, IPYG and IWPG sent around 200,000 letters to the heads of state from 193 UN member states. Without the answer to peace, peace cannot be achieved. The Answer is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by the 21 prominent international law experts. What is the current problem of international law? It is not “legally binding.”
So, there are IPYG, representing 1.8 billion young people , and IWPG, representing 3.7 billion women, for HWPL. Emil Constantinescu, former president of Romania, said “Youth and women can become the most persuasive emissaries of peace in the present and in the future.”
Now, there are a few things left for us. The Presidents began to move, and the turn went over. If we shout in one voice, no one can stop it. Voice of one is not enough to achieve peace, but voice as one is enough to do so. Which is your choice? Endless war or Peaceful future?
More about Peace Letter : http://www.peacestep.com/tag/peaceletter/
More about DPCW : http://www.peacestep.com/tag/dpcw/
4.26 Proclamation Ceremony of International Women’s Peace Day
Cessation of War and World Peace with 3.7 Billion Women Becoming One
Date: 26th of Apr., 2019 13:00(UTC+9)
Proclaim 4.26 as an ‘International Women’s Peace Day’ and declare that all women of the world should become one in order to achieve world peace and cessation of war. Especially, in 2019, IWPG will deliver peace letters to the head of state of each country and will urge them to support DPCW, the only solution to make world peace come true.
I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂
#426WomenPeaceday #IWPG #DPCW #CessationWar #EndWar
#Peacewalk #HWPL #Peace Letter #ManHeeLee