The Chairwoman of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), Hyun Sook Yoon announced that they have established the first “IWPG Peace Monument” in Mindanao, Philippines. On 6 September the monument was unveiled in an official ceremony attended by peace makers, media and other activists. The monument was erected in the Ayuste Highland Mountain Resort. This was a great achievement since the peace activities started in Philippines.
Ayuste Highland is a tourist attraction in Philippines that transformed from war and terror to a land of peace where once soldiers would always been seen with weapons.
This monument is significant to maintain the peace spirit and continue to inspire others to initiate peace activities in the region that can put an end to conflicts and enter into “Civil Peace Agreement”. Something similar to that was established on January 1, 2014 after the mediation of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and Restoration of Light (HWPL) in Mindanao, Philippines.
The construction of this Peace Monument was led by Sholai Lim, the Vice Chair of the Philippines Federation of Local Councils of Women and an IWPG Publicity Ambassador, and it is expected to contribute to spreading the value of peace to other Filipino women.
From September 4th to 8th, the IWPG peace delegation went on a peace tour to the Philippines for 5 days, covering the city of Manila and Davao and the province of Mindanao de Oro. Their successful visit attracted much attention from the Philippine communities including women.
Later the day Sholai Lim said that “We will celebrate the spread of peace in this region and throughout the nation through the establishment of the IWPG Peace Monument”. While IWPG Chair person, Hyun SookYoon said ““We have erected a monument of peace here, while war is waging on the other side of the globe. I am sure that this peace movement will become a positive influence and spread all around the world.”
IWPG is an international NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and registered under the Department of Global Communications and is striving to gather the support of 3.9 billion women around the world to achieve sustainable peace. IWPG is working actively with 105 branches located in 132 countries and 500 partner organizations through peace initiatives including DPCW campaigns and PLTE.