On November 28th, the Universal Peace Federation UK and the Women's Federation for World Peace UK commemorated the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Speakers included Baroness Pola Uddin, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, Ms Caroline Makaka, Ms Carole Stone OBE, Ms Jacqueline Onalo and Ms Raj Holness. Kindly hosted in the House of Lords by Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma.
Universal Peace Federation's Annual Peace Council is the year end drawing together of Ambassadors for Peace, long standing friends of UPF and Branch Chairs etc from across the UK. Areas of activity such as the work with Young Achievers, Women's Empowerment, Family and Marriage and the Inter-relationship of Religion and Politics were all included with updates from UPF activities around the world.
TG Foundation's 10th Anniversary on International Women's Day. The programme highlighted the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the worst place in the world to be a woman. It is known as the rape capital of the world. TG Foundation supports homes for victims of rape and helps the education of the children in those homes. Universal Peace Federation UK has been a partner in their activities providing a platform from UPF's wide network. Please see www.tgfoundation.org.uk
The Universal Peace Federation (#UPF) held an International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Seoul, South Korea from the 18th to 21st of February. Featuring the UPF’s recent initiatives, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (#IAPP) and the Inter-religious Association for Peace and Development (#IAPD), the ILC considered strategies that could resolve difficult world issues. One Session entitled, “The Vision and Role of the IAPP for the Settlement of Peace on the Korean Peninsula” was convened in the conference hall of the Korean National Assembly Members with over 150 parliamentarians from 70 nations participating.
Mr AbdulBasith SyedIbrahim was recognised with an Ambassador for Peace Award for following in the footsteps of his grandfather - who, among other things, was a freedom fighter, back in his homeland of India. “I want to follow his legacy,” he said, “I’m both proud and honoured to support young children in India.” Mr Basit’s own trust organisation aims to help young orphans and provide them with welfare, regardless of their religious background. “We are born from the same blood and flesh, so there should be no boundaries,” Mr Basit added. In regard to receiving the award, he said: “This award gives me a lot of encouragement for what I do and it motives me to do more, thank you UPF”. Currently, Mr Basit is working on a project to provide life-saving medicine to children in Myanmar.