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Children's Voices for Peace
Thursday 26th April 2018, 11 am - 4 pm
Attlee Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA
Wherever there are major conflicts in the world, women and children are the worst affected victims. This has terrible effects on them and their families, as well more widely. Young people's minds and hearts can be inclined to fear, hatred and violence. But we rarely hear their voices.
Children can also be the most articulate in expressing their hatred of war and violence, and their longing for peace, through pictures, poems, drama and speech. Listening to their voices might be the most potent weapon for conflict resolution.
With this in mind we invite you to this conference, which was postponed from 4th May 2017. Children, young people and women will be the main speakers. The audience will include children, scholars, politicians, diplomats, business people and community leaders. The keynote address will be given by a senior Cabinet Minister.
The purposes of the conference include:
The on-going conflicts around the world cause great suffering to those who live there, but they impact all of us, as we consider the rise of terrorist forces, the influx of refugees to Europe and the uncertain political situation worldwide. Here in the UK there is increasing pressure on young people to take up extremist agendas and the danger that communities become isolated, rather than engaging with each other.
"The extraordinary nature of the threat... requires an extraordinary response. None of us can leave here today thinking as long as it is done by someone else it will all be OK."
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP (at that time Home Secretary), speaking at an international summit on countering extremism in February 2015.
Please contact us if you would like an invitation to the conference.
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