EVE MASTERMAN PEACE POETRY PRIZE 2 JUNE 2014
Around 40 members and friends met at the Hobart Book Shop to remember Eve Masterman AM who had died just prior to her 107th Birthday. Emma Briggs, from Collegiate School, won the student prize.
HIROSHIMA REMEMBERANCE DAY, 6 AUGUST 2014
The Branch took part with other peace activists like MAPW in a rally on 6 August at Franklin Square. Visiting Japanese students from the High School in Hiroshima also took part as others had done in the previous year.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014
Members took part in a tree-planting in the Peace Forest Park at Berriedale. Others took part in an act of remembrance at the plaque for Pte Winfield-Hill in the Avenue of Remembrance on the Hobart Domain.
ACTION ON GUN THEFTS AND STORAGE 2014
Roland Browne, President of Australia’s Anti-gun Coalition was a guest speaker. Following this a submission was made to the Tasmanian Government re the increase in gun licenses; the lack of adequate storage in view of the increasing number of guns held by individuals; and the number of thefts. There is concern that if firearms fall into the hands of the mentally unstable, or those with extremist views another tragedy like that in 1996 could easily occur.
ACTION ON THE INCREASE OF VIOLENCE IN VIDEOS, VIDEO GAMES AND IN TV PROGRAMS.
In October, the Branch expressed its concern to the Tasmanian Government and to the Board of Australian WILPF and will continue in its request to have increased controls on the type of and amount of violence allowed in these forms of ‘entertainment’ in view of the fact that many young people are becoming addicted to violence.
HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR AND ACTION ON WOMEN AND VIOLENCE
On 2nd December, WILPF held its annual Human Rights seminar with Dr John Paull, an ecologist, and Dr. Terry Whitebeach, a linguist and writer, as Guest Speakers. Members also showed their support for International WILPF’s campaign to stop gender-based violence.
- The Branch has resolved and is in the process of creating a History of WILPF in Tasmania for the WILPF Centenary to include Obits and CVs of our prominent members as a permanent memorial and recognition of their work.
- WILPF Tasmania had letters printed in the paper concerning war toys during October. We also sent information for parents in primary and secondary state schools, on the selection of suitable toys for Christmas.
- The Branch received 35 invitations during the last quarter of 2012. It hosted a Christmas event on 6 December which was attended by over 40 women and one man – a representative of MAPW. Excellent Speakers were Robin Banks , Anti-discrimination Commissioner. Bridget Dunne, Red Cross Humanitarian Law lawyer and Rikki Mawad, speaking on Conflict Resolution. Those who wished to also blew their whistles to show their support for those working to reduce violence and militarism, particularly as it affects women. We also had letters printed in the Mercury on this issue.
- This year we have been involved in taking photos of as many members as possible wearing blue and holding placards with personal messages on them, regarding their wish to see violence against women cease world-wide. These have sent off to the Australian Board and Geneva for the Global Women Rising against gender violence to take place world wide on St Valentine’s Day 14 February. One of our members, Senator Lisa Singh also made a speech in the Senate on the topic.
- The Branch is also preparing for a 50th anniversary and AGM on 7 March; it is since the Branch was re-established in Tasmania after a break during WW2. It was originally established in 1920 but went into recess during WW2. Senator Lisa Singh has asked to speak about the Palestine-Israel situation and we are looking forward to having her.