Peace march to mark International Women’s Day

Ranjna Patel – Celebrating the role of women- Ranjna Patel

For the first time in five years, WWW4Peace (Women Walk and Work for Peace) is extending its Peace Walk and celebration of International Women’s Day to Auckland.

This year, WWW4Peace, IWPG (International Women’s Peace Group) and the newly established Nirvana Foundation have come together to organise the one-day event.

Parity Pledge

The theme for the 2016 IWD is ‘Pledge for Parity.’ It is an opportunity for Auckland to celebrate not only the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women but also to see where the progress of parity is slow.

We invite you to the event on March 8, 2016 at 11 am and join us for a Peace March from Britomart to Auckland University Student Quad and Albert Park after speeches from dignitaries and NGO’s for a Peace Picnic.

Continuing the momentum from the four previous Peace events in Wellington, we are keen to foster and raise awareness for the Culture of Peace in Auckland.

Your patronage of the event is important to encourage participation, advocacy, immersion and support for various groups which are already doing valuable peace work for empowering women, supporting work against violence on women and childrenprotest against wars.

Donations welcome

We welcome donations as money, food and beverages for the Peace Picnic. Your support will help in bringing people at work to stirring our city towards a culture of peace. For donations and more information, please contact Belinda Bonzon-Liu 0273226851; Email:; Website:

Chantelle Poirier on 027-3686053.

Institutional Supporters

We are grateful to the following sponsors (2012 to 2015): British High Commission, Human Rights Commission, The Centre of Applied Cross Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington City Council,  the National Council of Women of New Zealand, the Society for Southeast Asian Communities Inc, The Human Rights Commission’s New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Soka Gakkai International, Shakti Community Council Inc, Daya Trust, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Women’s Refuge New Zealand, Self-Defence Women’s Network, Muslim Women’s Council, Malaysian Wellington Postgraduates Students, New Zealand Catholic Education Office, the Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace, and the Office of External Affairs of the New Zealand Community, the Bahai Faith New Zealand,  Society for Southeast Asian Communities, Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, Wellington Post Graduate Students, and Virtuoso Stings Trust.

Eminent Endorsers

Among our endorsers are: Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Nikki Kaye, Minister of Youth Affairs, Vicki Treadell, Ans Westra, Fiona Kidman, Joy Cowley, Alyn Ware, Kennedy Graham, Jacinda Ardern, Maya Gomez, David Lamotte, Maata Wharekoha, Parihaka.

We are hoping that the Auckland event will be supported by businesses and community leaders.

Ranjna Patel is Director, Nirvana Foundation and Director, East Tamaki Health Care. Phone: 027-2788111; Email:

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