A reflection by Kathy Miller
Two years ago I attended an International Women's Day event at The Oval, Croydon and met three very interesting women who were there with the organiser Katie Rose. Fascinating conversations ensued.
This year there was a full line up of women from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds - approximately one hundred people crammed into the same venue.
It struck me that these women who had embraced causes in their lives, overcoming unbelievable adversity in the case of some, were all really special.
Music, choir and poetry were also celebrated with the stories of performers.
And that is what we all do really - tell our story. Maybe we do not do so in such a formal way but those from Peace Partners who attended enjoyed the variety and the positivity explored at such a stimulating event.
Women (and they embraced men too) who see a need in their communities and get on with what needs to be done, stand up for what they believe and share their achievements. We can say there is no direct correlation with peace in movements here and there but if you are fulfilled, share good fortune, inspire others to tell their stories, nurture new ideas and transform lives - does that not lead to a kind of peace?
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.