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Peace and Development

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenDistinguished speakers attended a conference hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF - UK) and the Women’s Federation For World Peace UK in collaboration to promote gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.

  

Read more: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

European Parliament Session'Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Europe: Focus on Prevention' December 5th, Brussels. This was hosted by the Universal Peace Federation - Europe, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, Human Rights Without Frontiers and Women's Federation for World Peace.  

Read more: Prevention of Radicalisation - EU Parliament

Genocide Genocide

On April 20th Universal Peace Federation (UPF) UK held an annual genocide awareness event. The Video Link is here.  Two important issues were raised by several people: 1) That different groups of activists in unrelated genocidal incidents can support each other to achieve recognition by the international community. 2) Awareness of the typical stages of genocide improve the chance to take pre-emptive measures to prevent mass killing. Please see The Prisma article, 'A Genocide Does Not Just Happen, We Allow it to Happen' by Marcos Ortiz Finch, about the evening. 

Read more: Genocides - The Before and After

Bromley UPF LaunchThirty-five UPF members and guests gathered in Livingstone House, Bromley to launch a local branch of UPF in the Bromley region, which includes the boroughs of Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich, serving over one million residents. In Bromley alone there are over 500 active charities and voluntary organisations: UPF’s task is to discover what could be our unique contribution to this community.

Read more: Bromley Universal Peace Federation - UK

Ruth Barnett

 T.S. Eliot, (in Four Quartets) said that humanity cannot bear too much reality. Humanity certainly cannot face the reality of genocide. Why am I interested in Genocide? As a child who escaped the Holocaust by coming to England at age four on the KT, I live with 1.5 million children murdered by the Nazis because they were not rescued. How many brilliant musicians, scientists, leaders of all kinds have we lost in my generation. One of those 1.5 million children might have made much better use of the chance of rescue than I ever can. So I do what I can to raise awareness of the truth about genocide. 

Read more: Ruth Barnett, Genocide - Before and After

Humphrey HawksleyThe Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK convened an event on the theme, ‘How Do We Stop The Next War?’ at its’ London HQ on the 21st September that is an annual commemoration of the value and significance of international peace.  Humphrey Hawksley, writer, commentator and journalist, gave the keynote speech proposing themes from his upcoming book. Mark Brann, former Universal Peace Federation Europe Secretary General responded along with His Excellency Mr Sayakane Sisouvong, Ambassador of the Embassy of Laos, who commented in a personal capacity.

Read more: How To Stop the Next War: UN International Peace Day Event

IWD

We were very sad that people lost their lives or were seriously injured yesterday, particularly the unarmed Police Officer who was killed at a gate I have passed by many times. Those hurt were from many nations including the US, France, Romania, South Korea as well as the UK. The incident happened just before 3 pm. We were to have the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International Women’s Day (IWD) event at 5.30 in Parliament passing through security from 5 pm. Some of our guests went early to Parliament and were held inside Parliament for several hours in lock down with all the Parliamentarians and their staff. We had to change our event to Lancaster Gate and catch as many people as possible very quickly when we heard the news. We had a wonderful programme commemorating International Women's Day. 

Read more: International Women's Day 2017