“Men and women do not need to struggle with each other, because they do not need to imitate the characteristics, dispositions or roles of the other. It is not necessary to confront, compete or covet the things of the other, or take them by force. Instead, by giving what one has to the other, with true love, and by completing the other, they can become united as a greater whole and share in a relationship of joint ownership.”
- Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, WFWP Founder
In the words of WFWP’s Founder, women and men are “absolutely equal in terms of value.” Thus, women must be treated as equal partners in building a world of peace. However, whereas many organizations concerned with women’s empowerment often seek to confront men to guarantee women’s rights, at WFWP, we believe that we must work in collaboration and complementarity with men. As the mothers and daughters of the world, it is our place to stand against practices which harm the human family, and speak with the voice of empathy, compassion, repentance, and forgiveness.
WFWP International is an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the highest status given to NGOs at the UN. As such, we have a unique opportunity to be a voice for promoting and securing women’s dignity at the UN. Each year, WFWP USA collaborates closely with WFWP International’s UN Office [link to the United Nations Activities page] in New York City during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). WFWP USA sponsors young women leaders to participate in CSW activities where they learn to be advocates for a heartistic model of peace. During WFWP International’s annual parallel event at the CSW, WFWP USA works to invite local middle and high schools students to to the event where they gain valuable insights on how they can contribute to building peace based on living for others.
Several of our local chapters also have taken a particular interest in impacting human rights issues which affect women, and approaching them with the “logic of love.” Through events and programs to raise awareness on issues such as sexual trafficking; serving women, mothers, and children who are victims of homelessness; or peace conferences which explore non-violence as an appropriate response to human rights violations, the women of WFWP apply a heart of giving to achieving harmony and true dignity for women.