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Women's group all set for day of green ribbons in city
A Bradford women’s group set up to promote harmony across the district has been preparing green ribbons for a day of celebration on Friday.
Bradford Women for Peace (BWFP) was set up in August 2010 to enable local women to have a voice and share messages of peace the last time the English Defence League announced an intention to protest in Bradford.
The EDL is planning on coming back to Bradford this weekend. But on Friday there will be a day of celebration and peace by banner group Bradford Together in Centenary Square, supported by Bradford Council.
Women for Peace will be there and yesterday they were at Carlisle Business Centre cutting green ribbons and banners in preparation for the peace event.
Bana Gora, the chief executive of the Muslim Women’s Council, is part of the group and said that Bradford Women for Peace adopted the lime green colour to symbolise hope, renewal, nurturing and peace.
“Women from different cultures, different ages and religions galvanised and collectively sent out a united message,” she said.
“What worked exceptionally well in 2010 was the positive energy BWFP channelled. That set the wheels in motion and we hope to do the same on Friday.
“The BWFP network recently came together again when news of the EDL’s latest demonstration in Bradford was announced. Women from Bradford’s diverse communities have once again come together in solidarity and unity to spread the message of peace and unity.
“As a mark of our strength and resilience, we are inviting women to stand alongside us to create a giant web of solidarity made from green ribbon to show that the lives of the women of Bradford district are woven together. Many groups, organisations and individuals are once again wearing the green ribbon and BWFP will be distributing peace ribbons this week.”
Friday’s activities have been organised and supported by Hope Not Hate, Bradford District Women’s Forum, the Muslim Women’s Council, Council of Mosques, Bradford Churches and faith groups, University and College Students Union and many others.
There will be food, stalls, entertainment and children’s activities on offer.
Bradford Women for Peace will be there from noon to 4pm and the giant peace wall with thousands of peace postcards will be put up between 4pm and 5.45pm.