Last year for IYPF 2013, young delegates from 30 different countries joined Yuvsatta, an NGO empowering youth for peace, in a week full of activities, programs and inspiration. Teaming up with international leaders, local colleges, universities, schools, and volunteers, the program organizers and speakers led stirring workshops on topics of environmental sustainability, international conflict, rights of girls, and building relationships.
Organized sessions were only part of the peace equation. The personal friendships and bonds created in just five days were stronger than any organizer could have planned for. After a week of eating together, learning together, playing together, and laughing together, it was clear that there was more to exchange than gifts and smiles.
What looked like mere friendly conversation was actually a framework for something much greater: fostering understanding and compassion. Seemingly small interactions can be the difference when a person decides whether to blindly follow an aggressive leader, or remember the humanity of another country and choose a peaceful path.
Beyond friendships, peace festivals are also breeding grounds for inspiring new ideas. So what are you waiting for? Register yourself for this year’s mega event: IYPF 2014 (9th International Youth Peace Fest). Details can be found at www.peacefestindia.in. During this year’s IYPF, the 1st Regional Asian Girls’ Human Rights Conference (organized by Asian Girl Campaign) will be held for two days during the Festival (29-30 September 2014) and there will be Asian girls’ human rights related workshops held on 1 October 2014. Application details for the conference will be released in February 2014.
Peace may not be a finite concept, or the easiest road to take, but it is a quality that every person has within them. Initiatives like the Peace Fest help to plant new seeds of peace, but also to nurture those that are innate in every human, and ready to grow in every young mind.
With this in view, we’ll be eagerly waiting for your participation and we’re sure your presence and views will inspire many others to do more. We also look forward to any creative idea or activity which you can do or suggest which we can do to inspire change.
More from IYPF 2013:
The rhythm of youth, an International Peace Jingle:
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The 2014 Inaugural Regional Asian Girls’ Human Rights Conference
Organized by the Asian Girl Campaign, the 2014 Inaugural Regional Asian Girls’ Human Rights Conference will be held in Chandigarh, India for 2 days (28 & 30 September, 2014) during the 9th International Youth Peace Fest (IYPF 2014). In line with the conference, related workshops will also be held on October 1, 2014.
To register, scroll down to submit your details below, or submit your details here: http://goo.gl/ReIyVy
Last chance to receive discounted price to attend the entire IYPF 2014 (offer valid until April 30th)!
29th & 30th September 2014 Regional Asian Girls’ Human Rights Conference
1st October 2014 Workshops
1) Creating Girl Human Rights Cities
2) Challenges and Breakthrough in Policies and Legislation for Girls’ Human Rights
3) Challenges and Breakthrough in Management and Implementation of Girl Empowerment Projects
4) Mobilizing Community Through Media and Volunteerism
Sector 14, Chandigarh, Chandigarh UT, 160014 India
1. From Chandigarh Airport:
Suggested Route via taxi: Dakshin Marg; Estimated time: 26mins
For Google Map Directions, click here.
Accommodation will not be provided but here are some suggested places.
1. Hotel Shivalik View 4 star hotel
About 3000INR for a single room Distance from Bus stand: 0.5km Raiway: 9km
Panjab University: 8mins taxi ride
2. Hotel Parkview 2 star hotel
About 2000INR for a single semi deluxe room Distance from Bus stand: 2km
Panjab University: 5mins taxi ride
3. Lemon Tree Hotel, Chandigarh 3 star hotel
About 4000INR for a twin room
Distance from Railway: 9.9km
Panjab University: 17mins taxi ride
Website: http://www.lemontreehotels.com/lemon-tree-hotel/chandigarh/hotel- chandigarh.aspx?gclid=CPfdprGtkbwCFYJU4godxxMA T A
Some facts on Chandigarh:
Chandigarh is located near the foothills of the sivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India. It covers an area of approximately 114 km2, and shares its borders with the states of Haryana and Punjab. In September, Chandigarh will be having their Monsoon season, receiving moderate to heavy rainfall, and sometimes heavy to very heavy rainfall. So be sure to be prepared!
Chandigarh, being India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span green city rightly called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ”