Wellington’s Belinda Bonzon-Liu, Matilde Tayawa-Figuracion, Syerina Syahrin and Samitha Nair are the organizers of WWW4Peace, Wellington Women Walk for Peace on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2012. The Walk will assemble (12.25) and start at the Beehive. Minister Jo Goodhew will wave to us as we start the walk at 12:30 and Mayor Celia Wade Brown will deliver a short message at the Civic Square 1:15 P.M. At the conclusion of the walk, a short ceremonial signing of our rededication to support the 1995 UN Statement on Women’s Contribution to the Culture of Peace will follow.
The idea of the Peace Walk was conceived by Belinda and Syerina during a typical exchange about the ill state of the world. What set this exchange apart from other days was that they felt they had to take a step to do something for Peace. Matilde and Samitha came on board to help with the planning and creation of the event. They felt that women should be challenged to make their homes, communities and maybe even the world more peaceful and one part of this is to empower women in their critical role in nurturing, creating and maintaining an environment where this is possible.
There are numerous women’s organizations presently active in Wellington. Walking together on International Women’s Day will build an awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependence in our work for peace. The organisers invite all women from all walks of life, from different religions or diverse beliefs, and from different ethnicities and cultures to walk. It is their hope that this will be start of each woman’s participation, advocacy, immersion and support towards a culture of peace. Walk against violence on women and children. Walk against war. Walk to support the empowerment of women. Walk for peace among women. Walk for peace in our families and communities. WALK FOR PEACE.
The Walk will go through Lambton Quay, then Willeston to Victoria and straight to the Civic Square. The walk will be cancelled in case of heavy rain.
WWW4Peace is supported by the Human Rights Commission, Center of Applied Cross Cultural Research, Victoria University, the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ), Filipino Artists in New Zealand, Inc., the Society for Southeast Asian Communities, Inc., the Malaysia Wellington Graduate Students Society, Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Program and Peace Movement Aotearoa.
For more information about this event, please check our website: http://women4peace.weebly.com or drop us a line on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/315238248526362/.