Women's Day 2011

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Observances of UN International Women's Day 2011 The Universal Peace Federation upholds the essential value and central role of women in peacebuilding and human development. UPF affirms the need for women to serve in leadership positions throughout the world in all sectors of society. UPF recognizes the equal value of men and women. Their absolute value derives from a common origin, God. God is the origin of both men and women, and all of God’s creation manifests complementary masculine and feminine aspects. Men and women are extensions and manifestations of God’s harmonious masculinity and femininity. The complementary relationship between men and women expresses the wholeness of human experience. Thus, there should be no gender discrimination but rather harmony of the sexes through love. Throughout history, women have taken the leading role in cultivating families as the dwelling places of peace, love, and health in shaping the individual character of children, and in fostering harmonious social relationships. In the family, both father and mother are equally entitled to reverence and honor. The path toward establishing global peace begins with strengthening families. The ideal of peace is at the core of all religions. Through dialogue and mutual understanding, there can be peace among religions, and peace among religions is a necessary prerequisite for world peace. Women can and should play a central role in promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. UPF emphasizes the essential importance of women in addressing issues of peace and development in all sectors, including politics, business, culture, and religion. Women must be encouraged and empowered to assume leadership roles in the resolution of conflict, peacebuilding, and sustainable development. UPF supports the achievement of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which include improved status, education, health, and physical well-being of women. Six of these eight goals are related to women; therefore, by uplifting the condition of women, the Millennium Development Goals will be advanced.
  • 1. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY OBSERVANCES March 8, 2011 Georgia, India, Japan, Nepal, Russia, US
  • 2. Georgia: A program at the National Youth Palace
  • 3. India: Hon. Tilu Gurung, Minister of Government of Sikkim, delivering the keynote address at a program in Gangtok
  • 4. India: V. Mohini Giri, Chair of Guild for Service addressing a program at the UN Information Centre in New Delhi
  • 5. Japan: A program in Tokyo emphasizing the importance of women’s role in peacemaking
  • 6. Nepal: Serving a meal to orphans and elderly women in Kathmandu
  • 7. Russia: Forum in Novosibirsk on improving relations between men and women
  • 8. USA: A Parallel Event of the 55th Committee on the Status of Women addressed by H.E. Mrs. U. Joy Ogwu, Ambassador of Nigeria, New York
  • 9. USA: A toast to love, courage and hope in Washington DC
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