Peace updates from across the globe

As we highlight the peace efforts of individuals and organisations across the globe, we look at the African Union (AU) calling for an international conference in July to help resolve the conflict in Libya. The request was that the AU, United Nations, and Libyan government work together to ensure that Libya’s national elections are held in October this year.

On the topic of elections:
The Civil Society Network in Malawi has called for peaceful civic and voter education ahead of their elections on May 21st. They’ve asked that citizens play a role in having violence-free elections this year.

And in Nigeria:
Tomorrow, presidential candidates will be signing a National Peace Accord. Current President, Muhammadu Buhari, opposition party leader and former president, Atiku Abubakar, and other candidates signed a peace pact on Wednesday. This Peace Accord is a commitment to peace before, during, and after the elections.

Moving abroad:
Next month women involved in peace initiatives internationally will take part in an event focused on establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula. The event, which is titled ‘Northeast Asian Women Lead’, will feature women from South Korea, Japan, Canada, and America. They will discuss why women are needed in the peace developments of Korea.

Other sisters doing it for themselves are the Benedictine Sisters. They held a peace walk on Tuesday evening in promotion of ending violence in the community of Erie, Pennsylvania. Members of the community came out and supported the silent march, determined to find peace themselves and spread the peace to others.

Gloria Laker, a former war and peace journalist in Northern Uganda was awarded the presidential Golden Jubilee Medal by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. This was in recognition for her peaceful contribution and coverage of the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict that lasted for about 20 years. She dedicated the medial to her daughters.