INVITATION: to Build a National Multi-faith Women of Faith Network

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May 20th 2015

at The National Bahá’í Centre,
27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD
1.00-5.00pm

Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, it advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. The Global Religions for Peace organization comprises of World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies, the Global Women of Faith Network, the Global Youth Network and operates in more than ninety countries worldwide.
We, Religions for Peace, believe in the power of multi-religious cooperation, therefore we are facilitating the building of a United Kingdom Women of Faith Network (UKWFN).

Religions for Peace recognizes that women of faith around the world have enormous capacities for leadership and effective action to build peace and promote just and harmonious societies. Women of faith possess valuable experiences and resources that, when mobilized, can strengthen community-based effective responses for peace and human development. Multi-faith co-operation releases the assets of religious communities and is more powerful, both substantively and symbolically, than the efforts of individual faith communities acting alone, thus the network will be a network of organisations and not individuals.

A National Women of Faith Network in the United Kingdom would,
• Increase the visibility of religious women as powerful agents of change
• Create visibility of the leadership role of women of faith
• Harness the power and showcase the unique models of women of different faiths (and their vast networks) in transforming conflict, advancing just and harmonious societies and protecting the earth
• Be a mechanism to promote religion as an asset for peace –particularly where historically religion has been seen as a problem
• Allow women to share experiences and knowledge
• Be a forum for extended networking –Nationally, Regionally and Internationally
• Mainstream women of faith into peace building initiatives regionally, nationally and globally
• Move dialogue to action –Common concerns such as Restoring Dignity –End violence against women initiative
• Foster partnerships and alliances with other secular and governmental organisations, the United Nations, European Parliament, Council of Europe and civil society

On behalf of Religions for Peace UK, I have pleasure in inviting you to join women from different faith communities to help build the much-needed network for multifaith cooperation on

May 20th 2015 at The National Bahá’í Centre,
27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD from 1.00-5.00pm

The agenda will include
• Sharing our thoughts on why the network is needed
• Sharing some thoughts on what it can/may do
• Introduction to RfP and its global women of faith networks
• Presentation of draft constitution

Please RSVP to rknijjar@rfpwomenoffaith.eu

Ravinder Kaur Nijjar
Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network

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