On Thursday 13th September Colchester & District branch held an open supper evening in response to Peace One day. Ten years ago Jeremy Gilley had a crazy idea which has led to the 21st September being established as an International day of peace. Each year Peace One Day calls on individuals worldwide to contribute to a day of non-violence.
Globally many girls and women are being subjected to several different forms of violence which is wrong and must stop. At the 2012 session of the Commission on the Status of Women, women which included Soroptimists and girls of all ages and backgrounds came together to have a conversation about practical solutions to address this violence. As a branch we felt that we should lend our support to this initiative, so we invited friends to join us in a supper which enabled us to come together and consider how we as individuals could support Peace one Day.
We were also lucky to have Lindsay Whitehead, the deputy governor of Chelmsford Prison as our guest speaker who gave a very interesting, poignant and thought provoking talk about how peace is maintained amongst the inmates.
The evening was a great success and enjoyed by all. It has left us all with a great deal to think about.