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Young womens peace leadership camp begins Aug. 23

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace is holding a peace leadership camp for young women (the ‘PeacemakeHers’) at the Thinker’s Lodge in Pugwash.

PUGWASH – Mahatma Gandhi once famously stated, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

World peace is often considered an unattainable goal but it’s not stopping these women from making a difference.

Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace is holding a peace leadership camp for young women (the ‘PeacemakeHers’) at the Thinker’s Lodge in Pugwash from Aug. 23 to 25. The participants range from 17 to 26 and come from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

This will be the first conference to focus on the role of women in peacemaking to take place at Thinker’s Lodge, since the first international peace conference in 1957, Carly Morrison, a participant from Pugwash said.

“We want to make it an annual event. There have been a lot of women involved behind the scenes throughout history and we just want to make sure that it continues.”

This camp gives those who aren’t already involved and want to be an opportunity to be reached at a young age

“It allows us to start early and hopefully form a younger group so that they can continue to grow together to become the next generation of peacemakers.”

Morrison attended a model UN conference in Fredericton where her mind was made up that she wanted to make a difference in the world.

“I thought it was amazing and made me want to get involved.”

When she returns to school in the fall at St. Thomas University, she hopes to be part of the Voice for Women group in Fredericton. She also hopes to start a young womens group as well, to encourage young women to spread peace.

“I want to be able to take what I learned and extend it throughout my community. This is what I want my career to be based upon.”

Last year, Margaret Skabar worked at the Thinker’s Lodge and became familiar with the Pugwash movement, which focused on peace internationally. That insight made her want to get involved, so she applied immediately.

“It’s a very good way to network with like-minded people,” she said.

The goal of these camps is to make positive strides in social justice and peace and the best place to begin this journey is in your own community, she added

“The fact that these camps are happening everywhere signifies that people are ready to see a change in what needs to happen. Everyone, not just women need to step up and do what they can to improve the world. We need to join together and get this going.”

staffreporter@amherstdaily.com

 

Organizations: UN, St. Thomas University, Voice for Women

Geographic location: PUGWASH, Fredericton, Nova Scotia New Brunswick Newfoundland

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