With that as a rousing cry to take action, 12 members of the Johor Peace Committee led by Mohd Ali b Taib, Director , Johor Women Development Department and Woo Sow Pheng, President, Johor Women’s League arrived in Seoul, South Korea recently, to join 1000 renown leaders from all levels of society at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Summit held for the sole purpose – world peace and cessation of war through establishing international law and alliance of religions.
Johor Peace Committee ( JPC) launched on 18th March 2016 has been carrying out peace activities like peace education seminars and collection of signatures in support of the Law on Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War ( DPCW) to be submitted to the United Nations to urge for enactment as International Law for all nations.
The Advocacy Forum for the DCPW on 17 Sept 2016 marked the beginning of the WARP Summit, which brought together heads of state, heads of UN-afiliated agencies and organisations, representatives of civic organisations at Grand Continental Seoul Parnas, Gangnam, Seoul to discuss effective strategies and plans to raise awareness and to urge each sector to support and contribute to the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
In his opening speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee urged heads of state and religious leaders around the world to fulfill their promises by signing their support for the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. Chairwoman, Nam Hee Kim urged all women and youth of the world to join IWPG and IPYG in promoting and urging for the support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
At the Summit on 17th Sept, over 200 leaders representing 16 religions also gathered together to discuss the necessity of seeking trustworthy scripture and to reaffirm their solidarity to be active proponents of achieving peace as religious leaders at the Religious Leaders Meeting for Solidarity in Truth. Day 2 was the Peace Festival for the 2nd Commemoration of the WARP Summit held at Jamsil Olympics Stadium. Johor Peace Committee, affiliated to International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) joined 1000 former presidents, international law experts, current ministers, religious leaders, women and youth leaders from non-government organisations from 130 countries in the stadium which was packed to the brim with 100,000 participants who came in masses to support peace.
On the last day, JPC joined 1000 other female members both from in and out of Korea at Grand Continental Parnas for the 2016 IWPG Network Forum under the theme ‘ The role of 3.6 Billion Women in Realising Peace and Cessation of War” In her remarks, Chairwoman Kim said “ the UN and international society should expand the role of women in security, cessation of war and peace” and the most prominent method of women development was “ to advocate the DPCW for the adoption of the declaration into international law for the cessation of war and peace”.
A total of 106 new members from 16 countries were appointed to the IWPG Peace Committee to promote peace works in respective countries and campaign with women in their respective communities.
The Johor Peace Committee was formed after Woo Sow Pheng, representing Johor Women’s League (JEWEL) was appointed to the International IWPG Peace Committee in 16th March 2016 during the Ceremony for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War held in Seoul. Since then, JPC has been very active in their peace activities to promote the signature campaign in all their NGO activities and to inculcate the peace culture in the community though networking and collaboration with the Johor Women’s Development Department, Johor Bahru City Council and other women NGOs.