Creators of Peace UK presented an afternoon on women and peacebuilding as part of the International Women’s Day Festival in Oxford. Kate Monkhouse, Executive Officer of Creators of Peace International, shared this message for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.
Rajmohan Gandhi, a former President of Initiatives of Change International, was a speaker this month in a debate at the Oxford Union on ‘This house regrets the Partition of India’. Other speakers included former Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid; Ashis Ray, India’s longest-serving foreign correspondent; and historian Professor Mridula Mukherjee. Nearly 300 students came to hear the debate, many of them with Pakistani or Indian heritage.
Creators of Peace partnered with World Education International to hold a Peace Circle for young people in Batase Dada, Palpa. This was the first Peace Circle ever conducted in the western part of Nepal, where development is very limited.
For too many men, gender equality of opportunity at the workplace may not seem to be a sustainability issue for business. But Shishir Joshipura of SKF corporation insists that ‘a car needs all four wheels. You can’t drive it on two. You can’t exclude half of humanity.’ Joshipura, the country head in India for the Swedish ball bearings company, says that when he was appointed to the role in 2009 only one in 25 managers was a woman. Today 18 of the 25 top managers are women in a company that touches people’s lives ‘from first thing in the morning till night’ through household appliances.