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Back to listMar 6, 2012

SGI-Peru Recognized for Social Contributions

President Arenas (left) presenting an award to SGI-Peru General Director José Juárez SalazarPresident Arenas (left) presenting an award to SGI-Peru General Director José Juárez Salazar

On March 6, the National Council of Women's Callao Chapter presented an award to SGI-Peru and to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko for their various contributions to the betterment of society.

The ceremony took place at the Bellavista City Hall in Callao, Peru's largest port which borders the capital Lima. It also celebrated the 25th anniversary of SGI Callao Chapter's founding. Many guests, including Alberto Paz de la Vega, director of culture of Callao constitutional province, and Iván Rivadeneyra Medina, mayor of Bellavista District, attended.

Since March 1987, SGI-Peru members in Callao have contributed to the improvement of women's rights and social standing through holding seminars and lectures on health, well-being and parenting, as well as by sharing information about services for women. They have also promoted Nichiren Buddhism's message of peace and harmonious coexistence through the showing of various SGI exhibitions such as the "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" and "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace."

[Adapted from an article in the March 27, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]