The sixth IWPG love and peace art competition held in Addis Ababa

The sixth IWPG Love and Peace Art Competition were held in Addis Ababa, organized by the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) at the main campus of Addis Ababa University.

Students from various schools in Addis Ababa participated, presenting paintings, poetry, and other literary works to the audience.

The competition focused on the peace situation and hopes of Ethiopia, with children and teenagers showcasing their artworks.

Dr. Sewalem Tsega, the head of gender studies at Addis Ababa University and the guest of honor, highlighted that Ethiopia has experienced long periods of peace.

She emphasized that the primary cause of peace issues in Ethiopia is the lack of women’s participation in conflict resolution.

Dr. Tsaga urged for greater involvement of women in peace building efforts to restore and maintain peace.

Esther Kim, a representative of the IPWG, remarked that wars and peace problems globally predominantly affect women and children.

She stressed that increased participation of women in peace building would lead to better global peace.

Reflecting on South Korea’s history of war, Kim noted that women and children suffered the most and emphasized the importance of educating them to safeguard peace, aiming for lasting peace in Ethiopia.

The International Women’s Peace Group is a non-governmental organization based in Seoul, South Korea, with over 700,000 members from 173 countries.

The organization focuses on women who are often the most affected by conflicts and wars, working internationally to promote peace through the involvement of women and children.

By ethionegari@gmail.com

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