Rape as a weapon of war has caused so much suffering that many people packed into a House of Lords Committee Room to hear an update on the campaign from the Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Rt Hon Baroness Anelay DBE. Some had suffered sexual violence in conflict and provided powerful and shocking testimonies. Others shared their personal experiences of growing up where such experiences were common. They explained the tactics they were taught to avoid being raped even from the age of seven years old.
The Youth Achievement Awardees testimonies were again so inspiring and refreshing that those who may have wanted to leave could not pull themselves away. Held in Committee Room 10 of the House of Commons on July 8th, the award programme was hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP's office and kindly supported throughout by Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.
#UPF #AFP Ambassadors for Peace shared the weekend in the beautiful Cleeve House and Wiltshire countryside considering Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) principles and purpose. Cleeve House, placed in acres of fields and views undisturbed by modern power systems, was a wonderful venue for examination of UPF's founding and founder's vision.
A joint event of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) UK that was the third part in a series convened by SIHRG on Eritrea and the development of Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility. It discussed key issues facing Eritrea from the development of its natural resources through to migration and trafficking.
Last night in a packed #UPF HQ, 43 Lancaster Gate, London we celebrated #AfricaDay 2015. It was a bright and colourful evening in which we heard of African cultural traditions, music and many economic developments.
There were speeches from Charlotte Simon from her position as the founder of Mothers of Congo. She shared about the Congolese Inga Dam's potential to supply hydro electricity to much of Africa. She highlighted the music of Mamou and several Congolese artists.
Today there will be a visit to the UK by Dr. Sun Jin Moon who is the Chairwoman of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) as well as the International President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU). She will be commemorating 50 years of the Unification Movement in Europe as part of a week long series of events in Vienna, Frankfurt and London. The Korean Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet will perform in the morning and this evening as part of these celebrations.