GFWC Celebrates the International Day of Peace, September 21
The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. Every year, people in all parts of the world honor peace in various ways on September 21, and GFWC is proud to participate by observing this day and supporting the UN's efforts to establish peace across the globe.
GFWC has a long history of support for UN activities, beginning with our participation as one of only five women's organizations chosen to participate in the conference to form the United Nations in 1945. At the conference, GFWC representatives supported the ratification of the United Nations Charter, and the mission of the UN to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards, and human rights.
Since that time, GFWC has continued to work with the UN and its partner organizations on issues of importance to clubwomen, citizens of the United States, and the global population. Currently, GFWC advocates for the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), supporting the strict observance the Geneva Convention on Protection of Civilians in Wartime, and supporting the UNESCO Day of Tolerance.
On September 21, 2007, GFWC joins the United Nations and its member states in observing an International Day of Peace and visualizing a world of peace and justice enjoyed by all who share our beautiful planet.
GFWC'S CALL TO ACTION
» EDUCATE YOURSELF
» INFORM OTHERS
- Organize a viewing of UN's Peace Day commemoration at 10:00 a.m. EST on September 21
- Have your club members sign the Peace Day Pledge and discuss how to incorporate its principles into your projects
- Print peace postcards and distribute them to clubwomen and community members
» CREATE CHANGE
- Organize a moment of silence in your community to commemorate the International Day of Peace
- Ask your government officials to issue a proclamation for the International Day of Peace
- Participate in a peace-building project that is inter-generational and inter-cultural
- Join peace proponents around the world on Sunday, September 23, to fly Giant Peace Doves and promote peace
- Download GFWC's peace pledge and submit it to the UN and GFWC to join the list of other organizations who have taken the pledge
No matter how you choose to commemorate International Peace Day, remember to report your activities to GFWC.