KOREA SELATAN, RSI | On January 24th, the South Seoul Gyeonggi Branch International Affairs department and its Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Philippines branches held an online New Year Meeting with 85 attendees.
Members from various countries such as the United States, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, and Nigeria participated in the event.
During the first half of the event, IWPG’s vision, mission, and plans for 2021 were presented. The 2021 slogan of “Women Who Lead Peace” contained three core values of Coexistence, Recovery, and Communication. Each branch also shared its determination to spread the values of peace by working closely with organizations and individuals at the international, national, and local levels.
The second half of the event included speeches by 5 distinguished members who spoke on the topic: “Women’s Roles in the Combat of COVID-19 and Recovery in Communities: Challenges Encountered by Women as Caregivers amid the Pandemic.”
In her speech, a member of the Philippines branch Ms. Erlinda Olivia Tiu stated, “Women will be the hardest hit by this pandemic, but they will also be the backbone of recovery in communities.” She reasoned, “an empowered women population will mean empowered, peaceful families, and empowered nations.”
Many members and attendees also expressed their appreciation for the organization’s ongoing peace efforts amid the pandemic.
“I was happy to have been able to attend and learn more about IWPG. I was encouraged to see others from all across the world promoting peace. What I took away from the webinar, is the idea that if everyone is collectively working to promote peace, it is going to have a positive impact. Peace is possible if we all work together for it,” said Sarah Campbell, a high school teacher in the United States and an attendee at the event.
Reporter : CHUN CHA