To commemorate the International Peace Day, the Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation, (GLOHWOC), has stressed the need for the world to collectively strive towards a more equal, just, inclusive and sustainable world for everyone.
GLOHWOC said to engender peace; every individual, organization and government must collectively act and take a stand towards improved standards of living for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable.
In a statement issued by its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Christiana Oluwole-Abayomi, the NGO said the day also presents an opportunity for the world to creatively and collectively think of lasting solutions to violence, particularly Gender Based Violence.
The statement read, “On days like this, the guns and cannons are silent and there is relative peace all over the world. While this is a worthy cause to foster peace and cooperation between, within and among nation-states, more worthy of note are those people who have gone years without any iota of peace in their lives. People for which 24 hours of peace will make little or no difference. People who face violence, oppression, discrimination, segregation non-stop on a day to day basis.
“For this people, while a 24 hours respite from violence and battles is a welcome respite, a lifetime of this will be more admirable and commendable.
“In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic and its ongoing effects, we need to inspire one another to not only think creatively and collectively to look for lasting solutions to violence, particularly Gender Based Violence.”
GLOHWOC noted that in line with this year’s theme, “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World”, those who experience violence, oppression, discrimination, and segregation on daily basis, should not only enjoy peace today, but deserves a lifetime of it through equitable and sustainable effort.
While highlighting some of the efforts put in place by the body towards promoting peace, GLOHWOC said since its inception, it has taken steps to “reduce inequalities between men and women through its several projects around the country, empowered and uplift women to better economic positions, provide health, as well as psycho-social and financial support to victims of sexual and gender based violence.”
The International Day of Peace is observed yearly on September 20, 2021 to mark and promote the ideals of peace through the observance of 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire on all fronts.