NEWS - WFWP Europe
by WFWP and FFWPU
The Austrian WFWP was the initiator and main force behind the Christmas celebration of this year. We were so happy to be able to invite the newly founded “Vienna Peace Choir”! This choir had existed many years ago, but then ended. In autumn of this year choir leader Wolfgang Zewe made a new start, and within a short time he could train the members to perform beautiful Christmas songs!
Rome, Italy, 5. December 2016
On 5th December, Elisabetta NIstri President of WFWP Italy together with some ladies representing the youth WFWP and other friends participated in the demonstration DISPLACED, a photographic show promoted by the British Ambassador of Kiev and the NGO Stabilization Support Service.
Rome hosted the show from 5th to 14th December, for the second part of the European tour that had the objective of getting the attention about the question of the IDP’s in Ukraine.
The main parts of the show were the Ukrainian citizens and their families that, because of the conflict in Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea, had to start their life from nothing in a new country. They shared their personal stories, revealing the difficult experiences of a refugee.
“When you leave home with only one suitcase to go away for a couple of weeks, without being aboe to go back for years it’s something that makes you re-evaluate life’s values. You understand that you can live with so few things” this is how Nina Vidomenko started her story.
Soon, the show with be presented in Berlin, Brussels, L’Aia and Paris.
Tanya Kuzik, Director of the Ikrainian school in Italy and ambassador of Peace, thanked the WFWP together with the other associations for their support for the Ukrainians in Italy.
Elisabetta Nistri took contact information from the organisers of the event, presenting the ideas to reconciliate and resolve the conflicts on women, that the WFWP is working on in many parts of the world including Ukraine where the WFWP is present as an association recognised by the government.
For more information please visit: http://www.facebook.com/displacedUA/
South London, UK, December 17, 2016
By Dolores Read
The event, held in Haslemere Hall in Thornton Heath, and MCed by Tina Coombs was a mixture of poems: ‘Hope’ and ‘Peace’ by Eileen Walkin and ‘Word Party’ by Richard Edwards recited by Garima Singh, mixed in with beautiful carols: ‘Oh Holy Night’ sung by Mia Gardiner and ‘Silent Night’ sung by Amy Brown.
There was a pretty and gentle piano piece by Friedrich Burgmuller called ‘Morning Bells’played by Amelia Warren and a popular quiz by Nigel Barrett. The main message given by Mitty Tohma, Vice President WFWP Europe and President of the UK WFWP was on the theme ‘A message of hope’ pointing out that true peace can only come about when families are truly connected with God.
The event’s aim was to raise funds for the Destiny School in Uganda and so there was a slideshow about the recent work there to create pit latrines and a kitchen for over 100 children. This was followed by a raffle and a tasty seasonal buffet for the 50+ participants. In total £130 was raised for the school.
Watford, UK, 10. Noivember 2016
Has all the hard work paid off? Well at this years ‘Audentior Awards Ceremony’ the Watford Celebration committee (founded by Francoise Murphy) proudly received the ‘Special Achievement Award’! Over seventy candidates had applied making it a hard choice to select only 7. For over 11 years the Watford Celebration has held an annual community event in Watford bringing together the various faith and ethnic groups of the town in a day of celebration and friendship. After a welcoming speech from the Mayor and officials, a delicious meal and some entertainment, the members of the committee and some volunteers took pictures with the Mayor. Francoise Murphy stated, “The Watford Celebration team has gone through various challenges over the years but has kept going due to the determined commitment of its committee members, the high popularity of the event and the support of the Watford Borough Council.”
Brussels, Belgum, 3. December 2016
By Colette Delrue-Cunningham
On Saturday 3 rd December 2016, Women's Federation for World Peace in Belgium had the pleasure to welcome over 30 participants to a beautiful and poignant film screening and debate called 'En Quête de Sens’ (In Search of Meaning) at our HQ in Brussels. Nine of our guest participants were there for the first time. The film, made with a relatively low budget has since gained widespread international recognition and illustrates the story of two childhood friends from France who decided to leave everything behind in order to question the world’s functioning. - read more
"The Spiritual and Secular - Challenges we face in contemporary society as people of faith."
Sponsored by : Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Women's Federation for World Peace; Community Perspectives; Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief (Newman University).
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK, 10. November 2016
By Patricia Earle and Anita Shervington
Just over 70 women, from a wide variety of religious, racial and cultural backgrounds, reflecting Birmingham's wonderful diversity, enjoyed the unique setting, and hospitality of the Museum and Art Gallery for a discussion about contemporary challenges we face in society regarding 'the secular and the sacred', hearing from four distinguished women speakers who shared their religious and scientific perspectives. Birmingham is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe. Over 70% of the population follow a religion, which is a higher percentage than most other cities in the UK. They include the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish faiths. - read more
6. - 9. October 2016
By Gabriele Zoehrer
This is my report about my participation at the annual Euro-Asian WFWP Conference in Moscow. The conference was organized by the „Global
Women’s Peace Network“ and the title was „Moral & Family Values as a Foundation for Prosperity of Society & World Peace“.
When I arrived at the Moscow Domodedovo International airport on the 6th of October. I was warmly received by Misha and Lilia Shurshilin with a huge flower bouquet. Family Shurshilin was my host during my stay in Russia. Right from the airport we went to the UM HQ. - read more
Birmingham,UK. October 2016
By Patricia Earle
"Beyond Forgiving is a documentary film which depicts the incredible inner journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country. In 1993 Letlapa Mphalele, then director of operations for the military wing of the Pan-Africanist Congress, ordered reprisal massacres in response to the killing of black school children. Ginn Fourie lost her only daughter in one such reprisal. These two individuals, a black atheist man and a white Christian woman, somehow agree to meet each other and are able to rise above their pain, bringing forgiveness and hope out of their tragic circumstances. And continuing 'beyond forgiveness' in their work together for peace. A truly profound and remarkable story." - read more
Bern, Switzerland, 26. September 2016
By Jeanne Metz
On Monday 26th September, at the personal invitation of Mrs. Barbara Schmid-Furrer (Nationalrätin), a group of Women’s Federation representatives visited the Swiss Parliament Building in Bern.
It was a beautiful sunny day and before entering, we enjoyed a great view of t the city of Bern, as the Parliament Building is set high above the river and surroundings. - read more
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