"When the culture of peace covers the whole globe, the value of women role will be recognized as absolutely necessary for the family, and, consequently, for society, nation and world" – this is an idea that pervaded the participants’ speeches of conference "The Role of Women in Spreading the Culture of Peace", organized and conducted by NGO Women Federation for Peace in the World with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The event, dedicated to Mother's Day, was held on May 14 in the October Palace.
During the conference it was noted that equal opportunities for women and men in countries affected by wars and conflicts were extremely important for national and international security. The participants also discussed increasing the role of women in conflict resolution in order to promote peace and stability, as well as to prevent and respond to violence against women.
Representatives of the Muslim community, in particular the member of the Muslimahs League of Ukraine, Olha Fryndak, the Coordinator for International Fundraising of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation IHH, activist Nalan Dal (Turkey), the President of the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica, Munira Subasic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), human rights defender Dima Moussa (Turkey), journalist Meriem Goektes (Turkey) were invited to participate at the event as well as representatives of public organisations, of Verkhovna Rada, of official institutions, outstanding artists, teachers, scholars and guests from Europe, Japan and South Korea.
Among the speakers were the People's Deputy Olha Bohomolets, the President's Representative for Children's Rights Mykola Kuleba, the President of the Federation of European Women Carolyn Handshin (Switzerland), the Chairman of the Federation of South Korean Women Che Yong Song, and the Chairperson of the Women's Federation for World Peace Tetyana Kotseba (Ukraine).
The annual "Woman of the Year" awarding ceremony and the "My Mother is the Best" children's contest were held within the event.
The organizers of the conference also took care of the musical congratulations of the participants - the National Merited Academic Folk Choir named after. G. Veryovka, Honored Artist of Ukraine Ruslana Lotsman and others performed before the audience.