The 21st September is International Day of Peace. Kate Monkhouse shares how Creators of Peace is joining with Peace One Day and others all around the world to send a message of peace.
The International Day of Peace takes place each year on 21st September. Together with 8th March, International Women's Day, these two dates provide two pauses each year for us as peacebuilders to re-dedicate ourselves to working for peace and to celebrating efforts across the world by others too.
The International Day of Peace ('Peace Day') was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. In 2018, #peaceday celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Peace One Day is a campaign to make 21st September a day of peace by challenging people to stop violence and to making peace with others. Projects have led to a ceasefire allowing vaccinations in local communities and reductions of bullying in schools. An overall goal is to reach as many people around the world to focus their efforts and attention towards peace and away from violence – whatever their circumstances.
Creators of Peace is joining with Peace One Day as part of a coalition of many other networks to promote a message of peace. Our own message will be inspirations from many of our own friends from across the CoP network about what it means for them to be a creator of peace and an advocate for a new story.
Please pass these on via CoP Facebook, Twitter @creatorsofpeace, Whatsapp or however you can to encourage not just those who have already taken part in Creators of Peace Circles, but much wider within your communities and networks.
And for each one of us, let's consider what it means for us to dedicate a day to the cessation of violence. Who do I need to make peace with? Be that someone in my family, starting a conversation with someone in my community or writing a letter to a decision-maker or politician in my country, may each of us as Creators of Peace ensure we are joining in.
Creators of Peace Miranda Shaw (National Co-ordinator UK), Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye (President), Elizabeth Laskar (National Co-ordinator UK), Jeremy Gilley (Founder, Peace One Day) and Kate Monkhouse (Executive Officer)