From the inaguration of Global Womens Peace Network in Las Vegas 2012
Global Womens Peace Network
The Global Womens Peace Network's (GWPN) aim is to build a body of NGO leaders whose collective wisdom and judgment can complement the deliberations of the United Nations, which is a body of government representatives and is overwhelmingly male. Such a consultative body could promote healing and peacebuilding through reconciliation, forgiveness, love and embracing people beyond boundaries of race, religion, nationality, and language.
Women for Peace in the Middle East
This is a yearly forum started and sponsored be the Women's Federation for World Peace International and is part of the Global women's Peace Network.
Global Women's Peace Network inaguration and 1st Assembley
Opening Session of the GWPN Assembly
Prof. Lan Young Moon Park, International President introduced the GWPN as the new project of WFWP International to develop further networking of global women leaders by cooperating with other women's organizations to achieve our common goals.
Ms. Motoko Sugiyama, International VP in charge of UN Relations introduced keynote speaker, Mr. Andrei Abramov, Chief of NGO Branch of UN DESA. Mr. Abramov spoke on the topic "Global Peace, the United Nations and the Role of Women". He offered warm congratulatory words, "My most sincere congratulations go to all dedicated women and men of the Federation who have been working so hard in the past 20 years on many projects carried out by the Federation to empower women, improve their access to health and education, bring about reconciliation and peace and promote sustainable development." He presented an informative address on how Resolution 1325 (2000) of the UN Security Council on women, peace and security was able to be adopted.
Resolution 1325 recognizes that women and children are most affected by conflict and acknowledges the critical role women can play in preventing and resolving conflicts and in building peace and urges member states to include more women at all levels of decision making and field operations related to conflict resolution. The resolution not only calls for action within the UN but also urges all parties involved in conflict resolution to adopt a gender-conscious approach during disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. The policy statement stresses the responsibility of all actors to protect women from gender-based violence, especially rape and to prosecute those guilty of perpetrating such crimes. He also pointed out the accomplishments in gender awareness, women and governance, gender-action work plans, gender mainstreaming, gender advisers, enforcement of codes of conduct, and training and civil society in the past ten years since the adoption.
He stated "Our experience in implementing the Security Council's Resolutions on women, peace and security, at MDG+10 in 2010, at High-level Meetings on youth, HIV/AIDS, Non-Communicable Diseases and Durban Review Conferences proves time and again that a partnership with NGOs is no longer an option but a necessity. The problems facing the world today are so large and complex that no single nation can solve them in isolation; nor should they be the exclusive domain of governments. It is a task to which we must all contribute, including NGOs." His final message was "There can be no peace without gender equality and no sustainable people-centered development without both peace and equality. Without equal and fair participation of women in peace we will never achieve the vision of the world free from the scourge of war, poverty and gender discrimination outlined in 1945 by the Founding Fathers and Mothers of the United Nations Charter." (Complete text of Mr. Abramov's speech)
Two panel sessions were held on the themes, Women's Leadership in the 21st Century and Unification of the Korean Peninsula and World Peace following the opening session.
In conclusion the GWPN Inaugural Statement was announced by Ms. Susan Kone, IVP WFWP Africa and Ms. Seon Soon Hong, VP, WFWP Korea. The celebration banquet was held in the evening and the Korean branch leader's group performed a very dynamic and powerful "Nanta- Korean drum dance." Also an impressive accordion performance and solo were presented.