Betty Williams, co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, is scheduled to give a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 23rd, hosted by Soka Gakkai International ñ USA’s Peace Resource Center, at the World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.
Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire shared the award for their work in forming the Community of Peace Peoples, a grass-roots movement to end violence in Northern Ireland. During the last 30-plus years, Williams has continued to devote her life fighting injustices perpetrated against the world’s children.
She has called for the creation of safe havens for children endangered by war or social upheaval. The first “City of Compassion” for children is in the process of being built in the Basilicata Region in southern Italy.
“Betty Williams is a living example of the unlimited power of an individual committed to changing the trajectory of humanity,” said Ian McIlraith, the series organizer. “This is the aim of the Cultural Peace Resource Center. We want to inspire every individual to look into their heart and bring out the same courageous energy.”
In 2006, Williams and her fellow laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai Rigoberta Mench™ and Maguire created the Nobel Women’s Initiative to address the root causes of violence by spotlighting and promoting the efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organizations working to advance peace, justice and equality.
All lectures at the Peace Resource Center are free and open to the public. The complete listing of lectures can be found at www.sgi-usa.org/.
Soka Gakkai International ñ USA follows the Nichiren School of Mahayana Buddhism and applies those principles to promote happiness and peace, culture and education. It has approximately 300,000 members in the United States.
Information, (310) 346-8950.