Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University in partnership with UN Women organised a virtual Peace Adda event to celebrate International Peace Day 2021.
The theme for this year's Peace Day is "Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World', said a press release.
The key objectives of this celebration were to learn the youth aspiration, achievements, challenges and ways forward to making a peaceful and socially cohesive Bangladesh.
The celebration also aims to showcase WPC activities and address effective aspects of peacebuilding processes here in Bangladesh.
On the occasion, CPJ and UN Women along with Peace Café members organised a series of events and activities such as peace adda, rally, seminar, social media campaigns, peace-message, essay, and photography competitions.
The opening speeches were delivered by Manzoor Hasan OBE, executive director, Center for Peace and Justice, Brac University and Gitanjali Singh, head of office, UN Women Bangladesh respectively.
Professor Dr AHM Mustafizur Rahman, vice-chancellor, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh, was present in the program as the chief guest.
Gitanjali Singh, in her opening remarks, noted out the active online engagement of the young peace builders, especially during the entire difficult pandemic period. Sharing from the amazing journey of one of the Women Peace Café members form Begum Rokeya University with UN Women peace-building initiatives, she said, "it is immensely important for the youths to engage themselves actively in their own community to ensure the promotion of peace, social cohesion and gender equality in the society." She concluded her speech quoting the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, "Peace is not a naïve dream. It's a light in the darkness. Guiding us to the only pathway to a better future for humanity."
Following the Peace Adda, a photo book named "The Power of Women", was officially launched.
This Photo Book displays the top submissions from all categories, selected from a range of excellent works from very talented youth artists across the country.
This virtual programme was broadcasted live, and the recording can be viewed on CPJ's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cpj.bracu