International Day of Peace: 21 September, 2012
Over the last 10 years, International Peace Day has been proved as an opportunity for life-saving activities and action by individuals worldwide. On 21 September 2012, Peace One Day is calling for a day of ceasefire and non-violence – they are calling it the Global Truce 2012 campaign. The hope is that this will be the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day – and the largest ever gathering of individuals in the name of peace.
What we want to do as Soroptimists is raise awareness of domestic violence as part of International Peace Day and contribute to a collective effort in order to reduce levels of violence against women and girls. The events you choose will contribute to the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded in one day. Last year’s results on 21 September were outstanding. A 77% reduction of violence was recorded; In Afghanistan, the Taliban agreed to cease fire and allowed health workers in for just one day. This allowed health workers to vaccinate children in normally untouchable areas. This isn’t just one day of action; it is a foundation for peace and for some, a difference between life and death.
First, add your group, community or organisation to the growing list of members of the Peace One Day coalition, by clicking HERE. By joining, you will receive exclusive ongoing communications about the progress of the campaign and you will be committing, on behalf of Soroptimist International, to observe Peace Day 21 September 2012 in some way and thereby help us reduce the levels of violence on the day.
Next, organise an action. Whether it's through music, sports, dance or art, Peace Day is about spreading peace your way. Whatever action you take to mark this day is up to you, however, if you are stuck for ideas then perhaps one of the ideas below can get you started:
Dance for Peace
We’re asking you to grab a partner and dance on Peace Day. Dance is open to everyone, everywhere. You can dance with your friends, family or colleagues - at your school, office or local park. It’s your dance event!
Hold a film screening
Film screening is an effective way to create awareness around the problem of domestic violence. Invite friends and colleagues, perhaps people with little knowledge of the issue. Discuss and debate after what you think could help in your area, what more could you do as an individual or as a group.
Hold a workshop where people can create something relevant. Show us your creations so that we can show others.
Hold hands for Domestic Violence
Show a display of solidarity on this day. Link hands and display the reason for your action.
Use Facebook, use Twitter, use social media tools to spread the word of peace. If everyone sends one post regarding the problem of worldwide domestic violence on this one day we will reach people and influence them.
Lobby your government on domestic violence. Research current campaigns being held in your area and add your voice!
Soroptimists participate in a Peace Vigil in the UK
Hold a Peace Vigil - something that symbolises peace and shows your stand against domestic violence. A peace vigil is a way of expressing a commitment to peace visibly in the world. Peace vigils do not - by themselves - stop wars or transform the structures of violence. However they are valuable as a visible presence and part of a culture of peace.
Let us know about how you will participate on this day, before or after, through our social media channels, programme reporting database, or by replying to this email. You can also use this form from the Peace One Day organisers.
This is a great opportunity for a day for peace, a great opportunity for women and girls and a great opportunity for Soroptimist International to be part of something powerful and positive.