#MoreinCommon: Temple of Peace marks life of Jo Cox MP

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs is moved to be able to host #MOREINCOMMON, a festival of action to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP this Wednesday.

The event, arranged by Stephen Doughty MP in conjunction with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Wales for Peace, Hub Cymru Africa and Oxfam Cymru, will take place on what would have been the late MP’s 42nd birthday - and will be a festival of activism and ‘making a difference’. The gathering, from 4pm to 7pm at Marble Hall, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace, is part of a worldwide series of events, on the theme of ‘what can we do?’

Stephen, who is MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, said: “This was very much Jo’s approach to life, in my experience of working with her both at Oxfam and in Parliament. I’d particularly like anyone or any organisation involved in international development, human rights, refugees, women’s rights and tackling poverty to come along and share their work with new faces and old, and explain how people can get involved in making a difference and showing we have, as Jo said, ‘more in common than things that divide us’.”

WCIA's Wales for Peace programme had been due to host a open evening on the 22nd, promoting volunteering opportunities over the summer working on uncovering Wales' peace heritage. This will go ahead as part of the wider event at the Temple of Peace. 

Craig Owen, WCIA's Head of Wales for Peace - who knew Jo through working at Oxfam between 2002 and 2007 - said "Jo was an incredibly inspiring and positive woman, focused on bringing people together from across their divides to make the biggest difference in building a better world. As her husband Brendan said, she would have wanted people to 'unite to fight the hatred that killed her'." 

"Next week, July 1st, marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme - a terrible reminder of how division, conflict and hatred led to the loss of a generation. To mark this, WCIA will be opening the #RememberingforPeace exhibition through the summer. The Temple of Peace was built by those who survived the First World War, to embody the hopes and aspirations of generations who went on to work for peace and unity. Jo's approach to life epitomised all that the Temple of Peace was built to represent; she will go down in history as a true peace hero, and the spirit of peacebuilders past and present will be with us through this moving afternoon."

Susie Ventris-Field, Deputy Chief Executive of WCIA, said: “Jo Cox inspired thousands through her campaigning and activism to build a better world. We are proud to be able to host this festival, celebrating Jo’s life and causes, in Wales’ Temple of Peace – constructed for the very purpose of building a better world out of the hatred and conflict of war. We hope through this event - one of many globally - that Jo’s legacy can channel hope, and inspire a new generation of internationalists in Wales to volunteer and to unite in positive action for a better world.”

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