The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Aloisea Inyumba, has called upon global citizens to strengthen their families as foundations for a peaceful society and nation.
Inyumba made the call while addressing Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace Conference that was held in Canada recently.
“I am here to share the experience of Rwanda and the lessons we can learn as global citizens about how to restore family and society,” she said.
At the forum, Inyumba highlighted the rebuilding of Rwanda, beginning with placing 300,000 children in families under the slogan “Every Child needs a Home.”
Canada has one of the highest per capita immigration rates in the world, and the conference drew upon the wisdom and experience of many immigrants in uplifting family values as the foundation for a peaceful society and nation.
Jean Augustine, a former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament in Canada, talked about what she learned as a child growing up in Grenada: respect your elders, sacrifice for your children, listen and learn, read the newspaper and learn what’s going on.
The conference opened with a session on restoring the broken family and David Kilgour, another former Cabinet Minister, outlined the factors undermining families, which he called the cornerstone of society. He challenged parents in the audience to set priorities: “What our children want and need most is our time” he emphasised.
Hearts were touched by the stories of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a physician from Gaza now living in Canada, who described a parent’s nightmare, witnessing the death of three daughters in an Israeli attack.
A World Peace Blessing Movement concluded the forum with a public commitment to universal human family bound together in solidarity and mutual respect beyond the barriers of race, nationality, and culture.
The New Times, June 21st 2012