“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.
The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
In Kisumu, Kenya, the participants dressed in all white including the Police, National and County Gov’t representatives, Leaders, Organized groups, students and the public will gather at Kondele next to Kondele Police Station at 7AM for a warm-up session. After prayers, the procession will be flagged off by the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County Her Excellency Ruth Odinga at exactly 8AM.
They will then embark on a 3km peaceful procession along Kakamega road with stopovers at common violence hotspots and eventually Goan Hall through Town.
During the stopovers, short performances will be done to mobilize a crowd. Once gathered and after being talked to, they will then be given white ribbons to tie on their arms. In turn they would be asked to sign/write peace messages on the T-shirts work and banners At the Venue, participants will gather for a forum where they will engage on the theme of the day.
The panelist at the forum will include:
- The County Executive in Charge of Gender, Youth and Culture Hon. Jennifer Kere,
- The Deputy County Commissioner for Kisumu East District,
- The County Commander of the Kenya Police Service and
- CSO Network Chair Betty Okero.
There will be interlude of performances by various Artists and keynote speech by the Deputy Governor.
Participants will break for lunch which will be sold on site and converge for an entertainment session of Poetic Hour conducted by Talent Industry. Various thematic performances by Artists who use their talent as a tool for social change will be showcased including: Musicians, Poets, Models, Spoken-worders, Dancers and Instrumentalists.
We shall also host Nominated Member of the County Assembly Hon. Farida Salim who has made immense contributions in promoting the Girl-Child and Women Issues in the country.
There will also be an online chat within the YALI Network and supporters to discuss the theme of the event and share notes on how to have a non-violent society as well as protect the woman.
Boniface Ogutu Akach, team leader of the celebration’s coordinating team and founder of Sitarusha Mawe Tena Peace Campaign in Kenya, said that through the YALI network (Young African Leaders Initiative), he was able to find leaders from several other countries who have lined up connected activities across the world.
The network members will later hold a #yalichat on the theme later in the day. #NoVAW2015