Peace and Disarmament
Women's Peace Conference Held in Malaysia's Sabah Region
On March 24 and 25, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) women and young women hosted a women's peace conference titled "The Role of Women in Building Bridges of Peace through Culture and Arts." The conference, aimed at deepening an understanding of the significance and role of culture and the arts in building bridges of peace, was held at the SGM Culture Centre in Kota Kinabalu, located in the Sabah region of Malaysia.
Assistant Minister Melanie Chia of the Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry officiated at the conference opening. Encik Mohd. Azhar Abdul Kabir, representative from the Sabah Culture, Arts and Heritage Department also attended.
The forum, conducted in Chinese and English, addressed how culture and the arts are integral to realizing peace; the importance of preserving traditional values and culture, and the building of bridges of peace at home and in the community.
The exhibition "Women Nurturing Peace" was held in conjunction with the conference and portrayed the role women play in building peace as they transform fear into strength, manifest their limitless potential, and bring out their inherent compassion.
About 900 SGM members and friends attended the two day event, the latest in an annual series of activities promoting the role of women in building a culture of peace.
[Adapted from a report from the Soka Gakkai Malaysia Public Relations Department.]