How it all started
At the break of the Iraqi war, on March the 2nd 2003, the Women's Federation for World Peace with the help of the Watford Interfaith Association hosted a Bridge of Peace Ceremony at the Multi Cultural Community Centre in Watford. Women from the Christian and Muslim community were invited to participate in a Bridge of Peace Ceremony to express their commitment to peace and reconciliation.
Forty women from both communities crossed a symbolic Bridge decorated with flowers and became sisters of Peace. It was a very moving moment when the Christian and Muslim ladies embraced each other and recited together the pledge of sisterhood. The Mayor of Watford was present and congratulated the ladies for their commitment for peace and reconciliation. After the ceremony and some refreshments, the participants shared with their newly found sisters. Addresses were exchanged and promises to keep in contact and learn more about each other's faith and culture. We ended the afternoon with dances representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith. There was an amazing atmosphere of celebration and joy.
Bridge of Peace Ceremony for Friendship and Co-operation.
Through the Sisterhood Ceremony, I join in friendship with my partner to build A bridge of Peace and reconciliation between our communities.
As a woman concerned with peace at all levels of human endeavour, I will strive to be a peacemaker and harmoniser in my family, Community, society and between nations.
Following the first Bridge of Peace ceremony,
We organised several other sisterhood ceremonies inviting women from various backgrounds to join us and we held several community events e.g. fun days and fundraising events for charities, we visited Mosque and church. See Sisterhood page Click here.
We held talks on various topics regarding women and family issues Click here.
In 2005 we co-founded the Watford Celebration a community event which celebrates the rich diversity of Watford. To go to the website Click here
In 2007 we were selected to receive the Pathfinder Fund for the Prevent program from the Home Office.
For more information about the Women's Federation for World Peace UK (WFWP UK) please visit its website. Click here