Year after year, Human Rights Day is observed on 10th December across the world. Marking this occasion with a special theme on the role of women in world peace, the Confederation of Indian Bar held a discussion on the same on December 9, 2016 at New Delhi, with Justice A.K. Sikri, Supreme Court Judge as the Chief Guest and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman, International Women’s Peace Group as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Pravin H. Parekh, President, Confederation of the Indian Bar spoke on Human Rights Day. He also presented a memento to the Chief Guest – Justice AK Sikri, Supreme Court Judge
So, are you wondering how IWPG has anything to do with the celebration of Human Rights Day?
According to several studies conducted by the United Nations, it is women and children around war-prone areas whose human rights are most commonly violated almost on a daily basis – they are raped, beaten up, physically assaulted, exploited and so on. In this context, the IWPG is a well-recognized international gathering of women who are working towards establishing lasting peace and the organization is headed by Ms. Nam Hee Kim, who is from South Korea.
Emphasizing on the need to end all wars so that women and children can be spared from irreparable grief, sorrow and exploitation, Ms. Nam Hee Kim stated as follows:
“In times of war, it is women who suffer most. Now let us work together towards establishing a lasting peace. It is in our hands whether future generations inherit a legacy of everlasting peace or a future where they will suffer in wars. We must achieve the cessation of war through international law and the alliance of religions.”
Further, she stated, “With the heart of a mother, who gives birth and raises a child, and with the heart that loves life and cares about future generations, the IWPG has earnestly called for the cessation of war. If we step forward and make all-out efforts to achieve peace, world peace will quickly become a reality. We will definitely make it happen. When light meets light, there is victory.”