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Photo exhibition to spread peace message

It’s an organisation that has been advocating non-violence as a way of life for the past 15 years in more than 50 countries across the world. This week, it’s finally setting up office in India, reports Aarefa Johari.

mumbai Updated: Apr 15, 2010 01:04 IST
Aarefa Johari

It’s an organisation that has been advocating non-violence as a way of life for the past 15 years in more than 50 countries across the world. This week, it’s finally setting up office in India.

World without Wars and without Violence (WwW), an international activist group working for peace and non-violence will launch its Mumbai chapter with a photo exhibition on Sunday.

The exhibition, Children and Peace, will be an opportunity for the public to familiarise themselves with the non-profit organisation and sign up as volunteers. Functioning within the Humanist Movement, a global peace organisation launched in Argentina in 1969, WwW is known for organising a three-month March through 90 countries last year.

“After participating in the march as its only Asian representative, I decided its time to start WwW in India,” said Bhairavi Sagar (33), a city-based businesswoman who has been associated with the Humanist Movement since her college days. The exhibition will display a collection of Sagar’s photographs taken during the march. “The pictures speak for themselves, and the viewer will be able to see what hundreds of WwW volunteers do around the world,” said Sagar, who is currently the only WwW member in Mumbai. Some of the main objectives of the organisation include pushing for global nuclear disarmament, withdrawal of invading troops form occupied territories and reduction of military expenditures.

To spread the message, Sagar plans to initiate discussions and debates with school and college students in the city, through the medium of art or film. On the agenda, is a large public discussion in Mumbai on May 2, where she hopes to gather volunteers for a human chain forming the peace symbol.

(Children and Peace, a photo exhibition about World without Wars, will be held for the public at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, on April 18, from 11 am to 8 pm.)