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Cameroonian women gather to lay the foundations

Batibo, Cameroon – Women political and religious leaders in the region of Batibo, Cameroon participated in the conference for peace-building hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8th.


These women representatives have gathered at Batibo Council, located in the heart of Batibo city, with great interest of the local people in learning the peace movement of the international peace groups, HWPL and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG). They discussed the effective ways to gather and strengthen women’s power in achieving peace.

Every year, Cameroonian women have participated in street march in order to widen the role of women in their society and particularly, for this meeting, participants had an in-depth discussion about what women can and should do to fight against the widespread violent acts of terrorism and religious conflicts.

Cameroon want peace
Cameroon want peace

Recently, Boko Haram extremists, the Sunni Islamist armed group, have greatly threatened the lives of civilians by killing thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people. Cameroonian women and children are being kidnapped and forced to join to fight against people of neighboring countries and the towns and villages are burned and damaged. Cameroonian religious leaders pointed out that the religious misunderstanding is the main reason of this ongoing war and the leaders should speak up for their people to alleviate and eventually stop it. Women whose children were lost in this brutal conflict shared their grief and gathered together to speak out for their loved ones.

IWPG rallies holding Religious Scriptures
IWPG rallies holding Religious Scriptures

The first gathering of this peace dialogue on the international women’s day was co-organized by the mayor of Batibo city and CAMMAY, a youth organization. Mrs. Nam Hee Kim, chairwoman of IWPG, has conveyed the message of peace to women all over the world: “We have to be the women leaders at the forefront with a sense of ownership to keep peace with the heart of mothers to protect our children." Patric, the executive director of CAMMAY expressed how he planned this meeting in the hope of bringing pace to Cameroon. The participants also pledged to join HWPL and IWPG, marking the beginning of the peace movement by Cameroonian women leaders,

Working through worldwide branch offices to reach out every community, HWPL has been actively working to bring alliance of nations, religions, and cultures to cease all wars. HWPL has suggested two solutions for women leaders in Cameroon: supporting an enactment of international laws for cessation of wars and establishing an alliance of religions’ office to deepen the inter-religious understandings, thus end the current religious dispute. Last September, Mr. Man Hee Lee of HWPL hosted the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, the largest gathering attended by numerous leaders and civilians from all around the world. Rooted in this summit, the Alliance of Religions’ Peace Offices are being found including but not limited in New York, Australia, Germany, Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador, and Kyrgyzstan. Such interfaith dialogue sessions and gatherings of religious and secular leaders from various faiths and fields at the HWPL branch offices are paving the way for the unity of religions and sustainable peace.

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