What is the Ribbon International?

The Ribbon is made up of countless panels of cloth each showing peoples desire for disarmament, a healthy environment or for peace. The original theme of the Ribbon "What I cannot bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war." The concept originated with Justine Merritt in 1982 while living in Denver, CO. She requested friends and relatives to create their representations of cloth segments using sewing, painting or any other suitable medium. The panels measured three feet by one and a half feet with a tie on each corner so that they could easily be joined together. The idea spread rapidly through places of worship, schools and organizations. The first Ribbon events were held in the United States and Japan. They culminated on August 4, 1985 commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the nuclear bombing at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On that day eighteen miles of Ribbon panels were joined together in Wash., D.C. and in Hiroshima the A-Bomb Memorial Dome was encircled with Ribbons. Since then the Ribbon has become an ongoing project in countries around the world.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon

Saturday, November 2, 2013

First DPINGO Youth Led Briefing

First DPINGO Youth-Led Briefing entitled “Raising and Empowering Youth to Break the Cycle of Violence Against Women and Children” took place on Monday, March 25th, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters. DPINGO youth representatives from various associated NGOs planned the briefing to address this year's 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) priority theme: Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Youth representatives wanted to both promote inter-generational efforts and address the vital role that youths need to play in actively combating gender-based violence. This briefing addressed four aspects of the issue of violence: domestic and sexual violence; gender-based discrimination, existing socioeconomic circumstances and current legislation in force. Moderators: Maria-Luisa Chavez: Chief, NGO Relations, Department of Public Information Gina Leow: Youth Representative, The Ribbon International Speakers: Ahmad Alhendawi: United Nations Secretary-General’s first Envoy on Youth Quentin Walcott: Co-Executive Director, ConnectNYC Brigitte A. Watson: Equality Works Program Coordinator; Education Law Committee Youth Presenters: Katrina Martinez: Youth Representative, Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention Kamila Jacob: Youth Representative, Unitarian Universalist United Nation Office Tevia Clarke: Youth Representative, New York Association for American-Russian Relations The video can be seen here:

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