Commemorating the International Day of Peace
The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum hosted an special event to commemorate the International Day of Peace
On September 21, a special event dated to the International Day of Peace took place at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Representatives of social organisations of Saint Petersburg and guests of the Forum took part in it.
The participants observed a minute of silence in memory of victims of violence, wars, and terrorism. After that, Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council, presented her speech addressed to women who attended the event. As emphasized by Ms. Matvienko, it is women who are always in the forefront. They have special mental strength and possess intellectual and spiritual capacity. Women contribute greatly to human development and improvement of the world.
“The International Day of Peace encourages us to turn away from violence. It embodies our common desire to put an end to conflicts in all possible forms and ensure the protection of the human rights for all people. This is a good chance to show our guests Russia’s peaceful intentions, its desire to resolve international disputes by means of a political dialogue, not by military means”, commented Valentina Matvienko.
“Peace is one of the most urgent needs of the humanity. That is why we must unite, meet, listen to, and hear one another. We fully support effective creation-oriented initiatives able to strengthen good neighbourliness and mutual acceptance”.
The speaker called upon all women to take the responsibility to bring up their children’s tolerance and mutual respect. The Chairperson of the Federation Council is convinces that one should turn every day into the Peace Day in every possible way.
The Cathedral Square became the venue of a concert that demonstrated how well representatives of different nationalities getting along with one another in Russia. The guests listened to Udmurt songs and watched traditional Ossetian, Koryak, Georgian, and other national dances. The event ended with a symbolical action: the participants released doves into the sky.
The celebration of the International Day of Peace was adopted at the 55th session of the United Nations General Assembly. September 21 was proclaimed the day of non-violence and ceasefire worldwide.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Photos by Roscongress Foundation
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov