Unification News for September 1998

WFWP Hold Bridge of Peace in Moscow

by Konstantin Krylov-Moscow, Russia

On the 3rd of September a meeting took place between women of Japan and Russia within the framework of the international "Bridge of Peace" project. More than 100 heads of women's organizations, female public figures and government officials attended the forum in the Marriott Grand Hotel of Moscow.

"Bridge of Peace" ceremonies have been held by the Women's Federation for World Peace since 1994. These international conferences of friendship among women aim to establish neighborly relations between all nations of the world through creating ties of sisterhood among women representing different cultures and traditions.

The organizers of the Moscow conference, which took place during the Days of Japanese Culture in Moscow, believe that friendship between the women of Russia and Japan will offer a new impetus to strengthening the family and solving youth issues. It should also help mend the historical conflicts between Russia and Japan. In 1992 the international president of the Women's Federation for World Peace, Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, addressing the inauguration of this U.N. non-governmental organization, said, "If women become sisters, the men will stop their wars."

Duma Deputy Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Alevtina Aparina, the head of Parliamentary Committee on Women, and Mrs. Maureen Reagan addressed the audience on issues relating to women and family. The participants of the conference signed an unofficial peace treaty between Russia and Japan. Next comes the turn of the politicians.

For more information, contact: Angelica Birdsong, Tel./fax: Moscow (7-095) 953-3717.

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