Hundreds of international peace activists, politicians and curious citizens are expected to join U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX, for the 16th "A World of Women for World Peace" conference on April 30 in Dallas.
The event works to raise awareness about women who are promoting non-violent conflict resolution within their communities.
Johnson started the annual dialogue after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This year's theme is "Women, World Peace and Security."
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In an editorial for the North Dallas Gazette, the congresswoman wrote, "I know that when women are at the tables of power and influence, they can directly influence a peaceful resolution to many of the world's conflicts."
This year's keynote speaker is Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who was named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2014. Other guests include a teenaged survivor of conflict in Myanmar and an immigration attorney for Refugee Services of Texas.
The event happens Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.