UN Women National Committee Canada

September 25, 2015 21:34 ET

Women and Youth as Casualties of War-Keynote Address by Almas Jiwani in Seoul, Republic of Korea

SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2015) -

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Almas Jiwani, Global Ambassador of Peace & epitome of Gender Equality delivered keynote address at the 2015 Women Leaders Conference for World Peace on the occasion of the first annual commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace Summit.

The host organization of the Summit, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), is a non-governmental peace organization registered under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). It is at the forefront of peace-building in direct response to international disputes and armed conflicts. The co-organizers of the commemorative event are the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women's Peace Group (IWPG), both affiliates of HWPL.

"Ms. Jiwani plays a vital role in advocacy for women's rights. We firmly believe that her unparalleled contribution and participation is extremely meaningful in establishing world peace," said Chairman, Man Hee Lee of HWPL and Chairwoman, Nam Hee Kim of IWPG on the occasion.

Almas Jiwani addressed on the effects of war on women and youth and the necessity for legislation of international law.

"This conference was highly successful because it was able to assemble a cross-section of leaders under the auspices of world peace, women and youth. Having said that, more should have been done to highlight women and youth as casualties of war that is an unfortunate reality in many countries today. We have an immense responsibility in giving voice to those marginalized as a result. Great work needs to be done in implementing international laws that protect these groups" said Almas Jiwani

"If we are to meaningfully engage in discourse pertaining to gender equality and women's rights, diverse groups of peoples need to be involved that can both use their strengths to forward a common agenda and demonstrate that our plurality is indeed a strength in itself. Without peace, development is not possible. Without development, peace is not achievable. Without women, neither are sustainable. It is time for us to walk the walk" stated Almas Jiwani

Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the IWPG expressed her gratitude towards all global family of peace who are joyfully celebrating the first anniversary of the WARP Summit at the site. She stated, "The world has been changing since the WARP Summit last year. Let us protect all women and youth with love of mothers and bring peace and unity" mentioning the efforts of the implementation of the international convention and the alliance of all religions. Chairwoman Kim emphasized that "countless peace organizations and media around the world joined forces with the IWPG and IPYG, the two supporting wings of HWPL, in committing to the peace movement."

The 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit has become the pillar of sustainable peace. Women, youth, and world leaders gathered at the opening ceremony in the capital of peace, Seoul, South Korea, to stimulate the implementation of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. This Convention will surely ignite the flame of peace in the hearts of all humanity.

On the 19th, members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) were in the audience of the conference and panel discussion on the international convention. On the previous day, members of the IPYG and IWPG signed the statement to urge for the implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. This convention, drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, addresses the tragedy of lives lost in the midst of wars and conflicts and further states that the majority of those affected are the youth and women. Moreover, it emphasizes the role of the youth and women in achieving peace.

About HWPL Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL),

Formed in 2010, is a newly DPI associated NGO that that aims to transcend differences in cultures, beliefs and regions to achieve peaceful solutions. Based in Korea, their ultimate goal is to end all wars and establish global peace. By implementing the use of volunteer outreaches, youth engagements, integration of women and cultural exchanges they hope to share the message of the Declaration of Peace. Their campaigns, which range from signing petitions to hosting street parades, umbrella the theme of bringing awareness to peace-related issues. One of HWPL's successes is their Walk for World Peace and Restoration. This event held in Seoul, South Korea, brought together 30,000 youths from 130 countries who envision the same desire for peaceful solutions. To get more information about HWPL please visit their website.

About [IWPG] The International Women's Peace Group

A peace group catering to the women of the world. The noble and selfless spirit of motherhood is one of the most powerful forces governing our human existence, and IWPG sees it as a means to achieving peace, being able to protect all the children of humanity. IWPG was founded to protect the precious human lives with a mother's love and to pass down a world of peace to future generations. Ms. Nam Hee Kim, the chairwoman of IWPG, has served as a leader figure in one of the most active civilian volunteer organizations in the world, and has shown herself to be the role model and mentor for women all over the world. Currently, IWPG is working together with woman leaders throughout the world, as well as 173 branches and partner groups overseas, to actively support women's peace activities including various volunteer services, academic education, and cultural and artistic exchanges.

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Contact Information

  • For more information or for an interview
    with Ms. Almas Jiwani, please contact:
    Tabish Bhimani
    1-514-649-8224
    iam@tabishbhimani.com