Women’s Unique Value, Building Self Esteem
The Watford Bridge of Peace met on Sunday July 6th for a discussion on “Women’s Unique Value, Building Self Esteem”. It had been a while since the ladies of the Bridge of Peace had all come together at the Multi Cultural Community Centre. We had met on other occasions for example in town for a cup of tea, at the Watford Celebration, the interfaith Pilgrimage and more. It was good to see each other again.
We started the afternoon with a Power Point Presentation giving an overview of the activities of the Watford Bridge of Peace since it began in 2003. Mitty Tohma, WFWP UK President read from a speech from Dr Hak Ja Han Moon, founder of the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Dr Moon stated that women will play an increasingly important role in the bringing of world peace and women need to understand their values and potential. Teresa Murray, Life Coach at the Watford Women’s Centre, explained about her work helping women to change their lives, find their value and build greater self esteem.
We took a break after the two speakers and enjoyed some homemade snacks brought by the ladies. We were especially moved by our Muslim sisters. Although they were fasting following their practice of Ramadan, they not only came but they also brought their special dishes for all of us to share.
The ladies reflected afterwards in small groups on the topic of the afternoon. They shared their views on what is a life of value, what is unique to women and where we can draw our self esteem from. ‘Grand Mother’s Power!’ That’s the word. We realised that especially the older women who had gone through the experience of raising their families had a greater wisdom and motherly love to give. They were a remarkable asset to help and guide the younger generations and also to help society in bringing healing and conflict resolution. Women need to gain that self-esteem, self-confidence to collaborate with men to bring a more loving and harmonious world.
We concluded the afternoon by giving Ambassador for Peace awards to 4 of our Peace sisters. Teresa from the Watford Women’s Centre invited us to participate in some of her workshops on ‘Self Esteem’. A young lady from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints invited us to speak at their conference on ‘The Family’ in September.
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