1,000 Women Uniting in Sydney, Australiafor Coexistence and Peace

The International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) will be hosting an event with around 1,000 women from diverse backgrounds who are gathering for harmony between different ethnic and cultural groups. Keynote speeches will be given from high-level women representatives from Australia, New Zealand, and the Oceania region on the theme, “Harmony, Communication, and Peace of the 3.7 Billion Women: DPCW Article 9 Harmony Between Ethnic Identities and Various Cultures.”

After 29 peace tours around the world, the peace delegation comprised of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), HWPL, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), will be embarking on the 30th world peace tour in the Oceania region.

The Oceania region is known for its vibrant cultural diversity. With such multi-cultural background, communication and harmony is of utmost importance for peaceful coexistence. However, this generation face violence resulting from differences in religion, race, and ethnicity. These threats and violence must be addressed and differences must be set aside in order to true peace to exist. In order to do that, women of diverse backgrounds have decided to come together and share what the role of women is in bringing coexistence and what harmony means in their respective regions. Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and IWPG peace education have been discussed in previous world peace tours in the United Nations, Africa, and other nations to overcome the barriers of race, national borders, and religion.

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The event will be a site of mutual understanding and communication. It will be also be a time to reflect on what true peace means and the role of women in achieving such peace. The host of this event, IWPG, is an international non-profit NGO organization in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), UN ECOSOC,Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea. IWPG is actively focusing on women empowerment, women’s right and the cessation of war. It was founded to protect all precious lives with the motherly heart and to leave a legacy of peace to the future generations.

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The ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’, or DPCW,to be addressed at this event, was first drafted in March 14th, 2016 by HWPL. It covers the principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peace building such as, prohibition of use of force, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace through education and citizen activism, within 10 articles and 38 clauses. HWPL is a cooperative organization of IWPG and Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL is expected to attend this event. He stated in previous world tours that,“peace is not the work of one individual, organization or nation but it is the work of all humanity”.Many high-level and citizens from the Oceania region areshowing interest in this event.