We Want Peace, not Violence

The mission was to ensure social justice, to fight against racism and discrimination of all kinds and to stay focused on the progress and welfare of our nations.

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Waking up to the news of India removing the blockage was a much awaited news for many Nepalese from around the world yesterday. On the 3rd October, women peacebuilders and supporters from the broader multicultural communities united to condemn the ongoing political unrest in India and Nepal, but with a strong message to strengthen friendship between the two countries, to ensure multi-sectoral prevention of violence and to work with the national and international governments to give a non-violent pressure to develop policies and services that benefits all members of our society.

9Nepal promulgated its constitution on 20th September in Nepal. People welcomed and celebrated this occasion in Nepal and outside. But, unfortunately, the result showed some unexpected turn of events too. The world welcomed Nepal’s action just after a few months of earthquakes, but their closest neighbour showed no support. As per the Nepalese media, India, instead showed a domineering big brother like attitude and interfered in the internal matters of Nepal. Protests around Nepal and from abroad continued with slogans restating stories of ongoing conflicts in India on Gorkhaland, Gujarat riots and the Khalistan movement that soon became national headlines. Many others are advocating to draw a clear line between diplomatic advice and sending forces to create vandalism, riots and unrest in the Southern plain regions of Nepal. Nepal understand the new constitution is not perfect, but it will evolve with time, like it happens in every other countries in the world. Nepal also understand the concerns of India that they want to protect the rights of people living in the southern plains, majority of whom are the migrants from India. However, what has got many thinking now is if the blockage was unofficial then why was there an official announcement of blockage clearance?

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Nonetheless, the aim of this event was to bring all women peacemakers and supporters 12to one platform and to unite against violence. The mission was to ensure social justice, to fight against racism and discrimination of all kinds and to stay focused on the progress and welfare of our nations.

On this occasion, Anjana Regmi, National Convener of the Asian Australian Alliance Women’s Forum said, Nepal has struggled for a very long time due to our continuity to depend on the neighbouring countries. This is a time for reflection and to unite, both with our community members as well as with our political leaders because ongoing criticism on why we failed will not make us a progressive nation. It is time to advocate for sustainable strategies and practical action plans and Nepalese Diasporas can contribute from international platforms with our knowledge transfer and diplomatic advocacy from an international level. Ms Regmi also highlighted on the possible threats due to the recent earthquakes and political instability in Nepal would be an unwanted migration, people seeking refuge, human trafficking and many international students compromising with working conditions, e.g. modern slavery and workplace bullying, to be able to support their education and families leading. Our strength lies in knowledge transfer, Ms Regmi reiterated. The lack of law and order, dependency on neighbouring countries and riots need to stop. Non-violent movement and pressure to the government is possible, peacefulness will help us stay focused and ambitious. Our priority is to stay united at this time of crisis. Let us not get carried away with the political indifferences, on the ground people from this two countries are and will remain friends, she concluded.

This is a time for reflection and to unite, both with our community members as well as with our political leaders because ongoing criticism on why we failed will not make us a progressive nation.

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Similarly, the ALL Ladies League, Australia for Community Care Coordinator and a President of Guru Nanak Free Kitchenette Sydney, Ms Lucky Singh shared a message of peace and women empowerment by supporting each other. Being citizens of neighbouring countries, we must be friends first, as it is essential for the survival and development of both the countries. We, must take a step towards peace. Love is the greatest power. Love comes from an inner freedom where we’re not controlled by negative reactions. It also leads to a greater freedom in our mind, relationships, and in the world around us. Love can dissolve the neurotic knots inside our head or our stomach. Love allows us to walk in this world as no one’s enemy, giving others no cause to fear us, with good wishes and kindness in our heart. Let us free ourselves to step forward into today, and into tomorrow with a heart full of love. We all love you our Nepalese sisters and brothers and we are there for you. Let us join hands in bringing peace, harmony and friendship in the world. Ms Singh is also a past Co-Chair of Global Organisation of People from Indian Origin (GOPIO), International Women Council Australia.

Personally, I am heartened to see quality community leaders congregating in one of the multicultural centres of Sydney, holding hands, sharing stories, laughing, and showing their children that peace is always better than war

6This event included members of a broader multicultural Australian communities. Participating at this event was Ms Erin Chew, Convener of Asian Australian Alliance and Co-Convener of AAAWF who shared messages of her support for peace and harmony. We understand the situation on the border of India and Nepal are dire and important necessities such as oil are being blocked along the border. It is sad to see regional conflicts such as this and it is better to be working together side by side, sharing mutual respect and sovereignty. However, this is a peace building event which is to show that friendships are strong and the global diaspora from these two cultures are not in conflict and can stand together in a protest promoting peace and unity. Personally, I am heartened to see quality community leaders congregating in one of the multicultural centres of Sydney, holding hands, sharing stories, laughing, and showing their children that peace is always better than war.

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Another youth from the Nepali community, Mr Ishwor Pokharel shared that the bond between the people of Nepal and India should not be influenced by issues created by the politicians. Since India and Nepal are neighbours and we have bilateral relationships from decades and both countries are benefitting from it. Our socio-cultural values are similar and we need to live in peace and harmony. Political tiff on the ground will be resolved by our politicians, we need to continue maintaining our healthy relationship between the people of two nations Mr Pokharel shared his views with our correspondent. He is a Chair of International Nepalese Artists Society (INAS).

The peaceful protest and message of unity ended with a celebration of ALL Ladies League World Sisterhood Day (actual on 5th October) by tying threads of friendship and soulful protection of sisters around the world. 

The peaceful protest and message of unity ended with a celebration of ALL Ladies League World Sisterhood Day (actual on 5th October) by tying threads of friendship and soulful protection of sisters around the world. ALL is a rich assembly of both global and grassroots leaders and not to forget ordinary women who have extraordinary struggles.  With flags of Nepal, Australia and India it was a beautiful Saturday morning where the attendees took photos commemorating the cultures and that this event is held on Australian soil.

This event was organised by the Asian Australian Alliance Women’s Forum (AAAWF) and their supporters in Rockdale, Sydney NSW. 1

Happy ALL Ladies League World Sisterhood Day! 

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