Report: Parallel event at CSW61 “Young Women’s Leadership for Peace- Learning from `Pilgrimage to Hiroshima`”

On March 15, Wednesday, during the CSW61 in New York, three young women from the YWCA of Japan held a parallel event “Young Women’s Leadership for Peace- Learning from `Pilgrimage to Hiroshima`”. They shared the experience and learnings from the “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima”, a peace-education program regarding the Atomic Bomb dropped in the city in 1945. They provided virtual experience of the “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” , including visit to memorial sites through visual materials, introduction of testimonies of the survivors, and sharing of experiences as young women’s leaders who organized the program. During the event, the participants exchanged opinions on various topics such as Hiroshima, war, education, interaction at grass-root level, compensation/ apology for wartime crimes and atrocities etc. in constructive way. At the end of the discussion, they wrote out their idea on how to create, promote and sustain peace.

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YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.