The Raising Peace Festival will be held online from 16-26 September 2021 as part of the world-wide observance of the International Day of Peace on September 21. Each year on this day, the United Nations calls for 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
The impulse for peace within the Australian community has a long history and remains strong. But global peace feels increasingly threatened by climate change, the pandemic, militarisation, marginalisation and escalating local conflicts. Rather than standing for peace, some of our leaders seem to be eager to beat the drums of war. Raising peace is a way to raise the profile of peace and to revive it as a topic of conversation, at a time when this is becoming an urgent need.
Some 30 events will be featured at the Festival. Raising Peace will explore the significance peace has to First Nations people, women, youth, refugees and the environment. It will look at the different ways we define and understand peace, from the absence of war to peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peacemaking. It will equip participants with inspiration and ideas to make their own contribution to peace.
Raising Peace has seen more than 30 organisations come together in this common cause. It is a rare coming together of peace groups from widely different traditions. From groups boasting more than a century of work for peace, to others that are responding to our newest challenges to peace.
Join us as we celebrate and express the necessity for peace through panel discussions, webinars, forums, workshops, films and more. Join us in moving towards a world that is less war-ravaged, more equal, just, inclusive, sustainable, humane and healthy.
Raising Peace was initiated by International Volunteers for Peace (IVP), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).
A full list of participating groups can be found at the Raising Peace website.
Click here to register and for more information about these free events.