Peace Can Be a Piece of Cake

Lord Roger Roberts hosted Peace of Cake at the House of Lords/Parliament.

A world where peace is a piece of cake, may sound like utopia, but Asma Meer successfully began this mission in 2015 and it has been expanding ever since. Since then, Peace of Cake has attained national recognition within the UK, where she was even nominated for The TSB Community Partner Award as part of the ´´Pride of Britain awards.´´ Most recently, on the 19th of December, Lord Roger Roberts hosted Peace of Cake at the House of Lords/Parliament in Westminster! Now, Asma plans on taking ´´Peace of Cake´´ on a global level!

 

The concept is quite simple: people from all walks of life, gather in one location and participate in open conversations about their personal beliefs/perspectives. In short, consider a piece of cake not only a delicious dessert, but also an excuse to get together and toast to open hearts and open minds.

Asma Meer, source: tbs.co.uk

´´Peace of Cake can happen anywhere, in community centres, in your own home, mosques, churches, temples , synagogues and gurdwaras  and schools.  Any space where people from different walks of life can come together and talk to each other.  It is an opportunity for those uncomfortable questions or things that need to be said like ´Don’t think that racist bigots represent all of us´ or ´I am not like them´ or ´We believe Isis is totally wrong and do not support or sympathise with them.´ It gives people an opportunity to speak for themselves against the frenzied media opinions!´´ said Asma.

It all began after Asma experienced prejudice, first-hand, following the Paris Attacks. In fact, her son was quizzed about Isis at school! She immediately posted about this on Facebook and arranged an afternoon tea called, ´´Meet a Muslim´´ with the hopes of abolishing misconceptions about Islam. Her post gained 800 likes and 250 comments in just two days! From there, ´´Meet a Muslim´´ metamorphed into ´´Peace of Cake.´´

However, it has transformed into an open forum for all kinds of issues and aimed toward abolishing all kinds of misunderstandings ex. ´´Peace of Cake´´ took place following Brexit, whereby Asma invited Remainers and Leave Campaigners.

source: tbs.co.uk

I met Asma at a family gathering and immediately discovered her passion for serving the community, for bringing people together. She is such a humble person. Her team includes her daughter, Hana, the ambassador for Peace of Cake and her daughter-in-law, Hafsa Rehman Bhatti, who is responsible for all the poster designs.

 

I am in Stockholm, Sweden and I think we could all use a Peace of Cake.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?:

Stage your own Peace of Cake event:
• “A date and venue is all you need,” says Asma. “Get in touch and we’ll help promote and publicise the day.”

Some Dos:
• Invite as many different people as you can. At least someone from another faith, colour, race, religion, age or gender.
• Have a cake (made or shop-bought) and tea and coffee to serve.
• Encourage people to talk and introduce one another.

Some Don’ts:
• Peace of Cake is not about one viewpoint. The idea is that everyone has their own views and feels free to share them.
• Don’t invite a guest speaker. Peace of Cake isn’t about lecturing people or telling them how to think. It’s about
respecting them, no matter what, and allowing questions to be asked on a one-to-one basis.
• If you disagree with someone, don’t exclude them from future events. Invite them back.

For more information and inspiration, visit the Peace of Cake blog: https://peaceofcaketogetherblog.wordpress.com

Also, see the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLWJkWML5x0 

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS.

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