By JOHNETTA McSWAIN-CLAY
WITH the mission to “wage peace, not war”, the Bahamas Crisis Centre is set to open its regional peace conference with a ceremony tonight.
Under the theme: “Peace at home, peace in our community,” the Crisis Centre will host three days of talks and workshops championing the cause of peace.
“As a community, we all have to work collectively and collaborative to create this peace paradise. This is what our advocacy is about, we want to speak the peace,” said conference co-ordinator Donna Nicolls.
Highlights of the conference include a special Wednesday evening session for men.
International consultant Nathaniel Cole, from the Men Can Stop Rape Organisation is set to speak, along with Thomas Holmes, president of the regional men’s advocacy group CariMAN.
Bahamian Dr Michael Neville, will delivery a plenary address on Thursday morning, addressing the topic “Teaching violence, expecting peace”.
Author Johnetta McSwain-Clay, set to deliver Thursday’s keynote, will speak about her personal struggles growing up around childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and learning to overcome.
“She is what we want people to see; to show that you yourself can make a difference in your life. She is a good example of what we would like to see women achieve,” said Ms Nicolls.
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