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.
For over a year now we have heard much about Syrian refugees, their suffering and amazing journeys; some at the risk of their lives and others losing their lives on the way to Europe. We saw devastating pictures of unaccompanied, lonely children whose parents could not make it! We have always been wondering “what it is like for the children, young couples, teenagers, and larger families to be uprooted from their homes?” and then coming to a completely different and unusual milieu in Europe and now England. Most young people cannot speak English. Besides their normal suffering they are missing their food and culture and their own homes.
Farrukh Dhondy & Matteo Bergamini were interviewed in the 'Evening With' series. Gul Khan of the All Ladies League, London interviewed Farrukh Dhondy, former Commissioning Editor of Channel 4 and Matteo Bergamini, Shout Out UK founder, was interviewed by Quince Garcia of Roadworks Media. While mostly considering political literacy and documentary filmmaking, Matteo Bergamini explained how they were able to film a documentary about the largely underground movement 'Annonymous'. (Video link) The event was a partnership between All Ladies League and the Universal Peace Federation #ALL #UPF
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Course Presented to a Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace Gathering Last Night by Remzije Duli. The course is promoted by the Race Equality Foundation. It has many good values for family life.
Universal Peace Federation is very keen to support the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) annual event because it has been a strong promoter of interfaith to defuse radicalisation. UPF has been an international supporter of the initiative from its inception in October 2010. There are several clips of the WIHW commemoration in the United Nations in the UPF introduction video which was shown during the programme. (Photo Dr Afzal Ashraf)
Universal Peace Federation UK held a Board of Directors meeting at 43 Lancaster Gate, London. It was a very good opportunity to discuss priorities and review a wide range of activities. There is a working draft calendar of events and some potential for opening new branches of UPF within the UK.