SGI-Cameroon Women Hold General Meeting
On November 18, 2006, some 110 SGI-Cameroon women and 20 guests participated in a general meeting in Yaounde City, Cameroon's capital. Another 40 men and youth members provided support behind the scenes. With a theme of "Women and Environmental Protection--Challenges and Hopes for Building the Century of Life," women representatives introduced the SGI's promotion of environmental protection and sustainable development, in support of United Nations programs. A Quiet Revolution, a documentary highlighting environmental concerns and empowered individuals who made a difference through grassroots efforts was screened. This was followed by four experts from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement who spoke about how each person can contribute to protecting nature as well as guard against environmental threats in their respective communities, and the importance of promulgating a culture of peace and dialogue in resolving conflicts.
During the meeting, Atoma Martine shared her personal victory of achieving family harmony with her Buddhist practice. A chorus of SGI-Cameroon women performed two lively songs. SGI-Cameroon Women's Division Leader Kemme Dorette thanked the women for their efforts in 2006 that resulted in many successful activities. She also introduced programs and goals for 2007, including developing friendships through dialogue; unstinting support for the youth division; and developing the study of Buddhist philosophy that enriches discussion meetings.
[Adapted from an article in the December 21, 2006 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]