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Universal Peace Federation - UK's Headquarters in London, together with Mothers of Congo, hosted an event to update and harness the passion to improve the human rights position of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A number of the Congolese diaspora were present to share their experiences and to encourage everyone to work for a better future in DRC. Photo Link
African Woman of the Year 2012 and Gender Equality Ambassador and Spokesperson for the International Women’s Think Tank & International Women’s Centre
Universal Peace Federation International Women’s Day “Inspiring Change’
House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London
Wednesday 12th March 2014
This presentation is based on International Monetary Fund Managing director, Christine Lagarde’s idea of “Daring the Difference to Bridge the Gender Gap: Enabling Women to Participate on an Equal Footing with Men”.
Global Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated in the House of Lords by Youth Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK with an evening of music and presentations on interfaith harmony from the perspectives of young adults of different faiths. There were musical offerings by musicians of various faith backgrounds. Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, the Under Secretary for Energy and Climate Change said she was inspired and energised by the various contributions during the evening.
Christa Kamga, the Youth UPF Director, said 'Many of our youth have things to say about what we can do in this world. UPF tries to break down barriers and bring people together to allow communication.'
UPF Interfaith Declaration on Peace in Syria
Amman, Jordan October 13, 2013
Gathered in Amman, Jordan, on October 11-13, 2013 for the Interfaith Consultation on
“The Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria” sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation, we, the participants, being persons from a wide range of religious and spiritual backgrounds, professional fields, and from many nations – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Monaco, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, UK, USA – committed to peace and human development for all, and,Acknowledging that the conflict in Syria has escalated at an alarming rate, leaving more than 100,000 people dead, and more than 2 million refugees and nearly 4 million internally displaced persons, spawning a human disaster of enormous magnitude, and
Kanchan Jadeja commented on the deeply unfair finding that when a child starts education at age 5 years old the highest determinant of the outcome of that education at 18 years old is class. She stated that 'Education is often seen as a tool for social mobility but some would argue that it is in fact a tool of social non-mobility.' The aspiration is that education is free and allows everyone to have the same start in life.
Elizabeth Law agreed with statements made earlier by Rt Hon Baroness Verma and Justina Mutale that it is a positive and necessary thing to do to involve women in leadership in partnership with men. It is bad to exclude talent and a fresh perspectives.
She explained that the European Parliament has 35% women while the member states on average have 22% women in national level Parliaments and Assemblies. The European Women's Lobby had campaigned during 2008 to 2009 prior to European elections to increase the percentage of women in the European Parliament. The percentage had increased from 30% to 35%. They are hoping for increases also during the upcoming elections in 2014.
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