Raising Peace

Celebrating peace and the people and organisations that work for peace; promoting dialogue about peace and the issues related to peace; creating positive engagement in the ongoing process of peace.   

 

Peace Organisations

Raising the profile of peace organisations, the successes, and ongoing campaigns of peace activists.

Raising Peace Festival is Online - All events are free - No matter where you are in the world, please join us!
We are excited to announce that all the Raising Peace events will now be held online due to the lockdown in Sydney.  The festival stalls and exhibitions have been deferred and will still go ahead as soon as conditions are favourable. Tickets available HERE!
Many thanks – the team at Raising Peace.

Raising Peace Logo. W I L P F and I V P and I P A N.

☮ Peace Festival 

From 16th to 26th September 2021

 

International Volunteers for Peace (IVP) and The Women’s International League for Peace  and Freedom (WILPF, NSW) both celebrated their centenaries in 2020. They joined with the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN), to hold Raising Peace, a series of events to mark those centenaries and draw attention to United Nations International Day of Peace (21st September). 

International Day of Peace 21st September

2021 International Day of Peace Statement with Signatures

The Peace Festival will include:  exhibitions, speakers, discussion forums, workshops, films, music, activities and entertainment.

Participating organisations so far:

Australia West Papua Association, Australians for War Powers Reform, Initiatives of Change / Creators of Peace, HandUp Congo, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, International Volunteers for Peace, Maritime Union of Australia, Marrickville Peace Group, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Pace e Bene Australia, Pax Christi, Peace and Conflict Studies Sydney University, Peacifica, PEN Sydney, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Religious Society of Friends NSW, Safe Ground, Sydney Knitting Nannas, Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, Sydney Peace Foundation, Uluru Statement from the Heart, United Nations Association of Australia, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom NSW, Women’s Reconciliation Network, Rosemary Kariuki African Women’s Group NSW, Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International, Soka Gakkai International Australia.

WILPF. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom logo
International Volunteers for Peace Logo
IPAN. The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network logo
PEN Sydney Logo.
ICAN Australia. Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network

Event Overview...

Our Vision

This event will showcase and celebrate a broad range of initiatives, ongoing efforts and successes in promoting peace.

We will share knowledge, inspire, increase visibility, encourage new collaborations, attract and engage young people.

Aims

  • Showcase the multitude of methods employed to work towards peace
  • Draw attention to United Nations International Day of Peace (21 September)
  • Strengthen collaboration and relationships between peace organisations,  study centres and inter-related issues, eg. First Nations, Climate Change
  • Engage with young people
  • Explore a world where war is no longer an option
  • Promote the delights of living in peace
  • Promote understanding across cultures

    His Excellency Mr Armando VARGAS ARAYA, Ambassador of Costa Rica, has agreed to be our keynote speaker at the Peace Festival. This is a news article from the Canberra Times:

    Costa Rica abolished its military. Other countries can too

     

     

    This link will take you to Lee Rhiannon’s speech on the occasion of our Raising Peace event in 2020,   Wage Peace Speech  This event celebrated 100 years of SCI (IVP) and WILPF NSW.

    International Volunteers for Peace Australia

     

    International Volunteers for Peace (IVP)

    The Australian branch for Service Civil International (SCI), one of the world’s largest Global Volunteering Networks with Branches in 44 countries and 106 Partners and Contacts in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. More than 5000 volunteers participate in hundreds of volunteer projects each year.

    IVP is a non-profit local community group. it focuses on organising volunteering opportunities around worthwhile community needs and causes, for which it recruits participants from Australia and all across the world through its global network.

    IVP activities are aimed at encouraging understanding among peoples and promoting discussion and an appreciation of the problems that different communities face in their struggles for social justice and environmental harmony.

    WILPF EST 1920.

    The Women’s International League for Peace  and Freedom (WILPF, NSW)

    • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) brings a feminist perspective to the analysis of root causes of war and conflict, and emphasises the gendered impacts of conflict and war.
    • WILPF has a transformative vision for permanent global peace, where a just economy and social, environmental and gender justice is achieved for all.
    • WILPF brings together women and people of diversity from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means; and encourages young women and others to participate.
    • WILPF is recognised as an authoritative resource, a trusted support and an ongoing stable anchor point in the area of peace activism.

    IPAN has the vision of an independent and peaceful Australia.

    It advocates for that movement.

    IPAN is a network of organisations around Australia – community, faith-based and peace groups, trade unions and concerned individuals. It aims to build public dialogue and apply pressure for a truly independent foreign policy for Australia. It wants our government to play a positive role in solving international conflicts peacefully, i.e. without resorting to armed conflict.

    IPAN is currently conducting a ‘People’s Inquiry’ exploring the case for an independent and peaceful Australia, with specific reference to the Australia/USA alliance. Submissions to the inquiry from any interested party are welcomed!  

    See also:Independent Peaceful Australia

    About Raising Peace

    How did Raising Peace start?

    Raising Peace began on the initiative of International Volunteers for Peace (IVP) as a way to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of our founding organisation, Service Civil International (SCI).  The name also links us with the Raising Peace campaign of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS).  We are delighted to have Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and the NSW branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as co-organisers. 

    What is the aim?

    The name was chosen to celebrate and raise the profile of peace rather than the celebrations of war that we so often see held at official levels.

    Raising Peace will bring together the myriad of organisations working for peace in all its manifestations. Mainly from NSW but also the East coast of Australia and nearby Asia-Pacific areas.  There will be opportunities to learn from each other and for new collaborations to develop.