Exposición “1000 Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo” por primera vez en Paraguay

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Mujer de Paz María de Pilar CallizoEl 3 de junio en la Bolsa de Comercio y Seguros de Paraguay se inauguró la Exposición “1000 Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo”, la cual permaneció abierta al público hasta el día 6 de junio.

El evento fue organizado por la Mujer de Paz, María del Pilar Callizo (véase foto a la derecha), la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo, con el apoyo de la Asociación Paraguaya de Empresarias, Ejecutivas y Profesionales (APEP) y del Tribunal Ético contra la Impunidad.

La inauguración del acto estuvo a cargo de la Dra. Callizo, quien dio la bienvenida a los/as asistentes y destacó la importancia de la Exposición en la República del Paraguay, manifestando que la misma es un valioso testimonio de paz.

A continuación la Coordinadora Regional de Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo (PWAG – PeaceWomen Across the Globe), María Julia Moreyra, se refirió a la histórica nominación de las 1000 mujeres, al surgimiento de PWAG y la importancia de la Exposición. De igual modo, destacó a las cuatro mujeres paraguayas que integraron la nómina: María del Pilar Callizo, Nilda Estigarribia, María Noguera y Maggiorina Balbuena. Dos se ellas estuvieron presentes: Nilda Estigarribia y María del Pilar Callizo, quienes relataron sus experiencias y sentimientos ante la nominación al Premio Nobel de la Paz.

Acto seguido, la Sra. Ileana La Rosa de Venezuela y representante de Aliadas se refirió a su organización (la cual cuenta con 8 años de trayectoria), sus objetivos, la promoción del desarrollo con inclusión social, los problemas que enfrentan las mujeres en su país, tales como la pobreza, la precariedad en los servicios de salud y la propuesta de empoderamiento a las mujeres a través de la tecnología.

Posteriormente hizo uso de la palabra la Sra. Ana María Ortiz, presidenta de APEP, institución creada en 1991 y que tiene presencia en todo el país. Bregan por la paz y manifiestan que las estrategias de negocios van respondiendo a la evolución del tema género. Asimismo, desde la asociación promueven la incorporación activa de la mujer.

Luego de la disertación de la Sra. Ortiz, la Coordinadora Regional, María Julia Moreyra, hizo referencia a los principales postulados de la Resolución 1325 “Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad”, a la Exposición “Sin Mujeres no hay Paz” (se proyectó la versión digital de la misma) y a la importancia de la implementación a nivel nacional de la mencionada Resolución.

El Sr. Antonio Palazón, Presidente del Tribunal Ético contra la Impunidad, y la Señorita Ana Karina García de Venezuela, la cual expuso sobre la situación que se está viviendo actualmente en su país, completaron la nómina de expositores/as.

Autora: María Julia Moreyra, Coordinadora Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo.

 

The Urgent Call for Sexual Reproductive Health Education in Aceh (Sumatera Island, Indonesia)

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Aceh is one of 32 provinces in Indonesia, which has applied Sharia Law or Islamic Law. The situation is not very positive for women, hence the law targeting mostly women’s bodies, rights and public sphere participation – among others. The number of violence against women cases is high, not just in the conflict situation (Aceh has suffered from military operations for the past decade) but also during disaster periods and in post-disaster management.

Why is this happening? How is the understanding of reproductive health and sexuality in post-conflict areas, such as Aceh?

Eva Khofifah from Aceh Indonesian Planned Parenthood Forum, one of the speakers at the Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health Training in Aceh (run by PWAG Indonesia, last February 2014), mentioned that Islam is actually very protective and concerned with reproductive rights of women and children. It is also stated in the Quran that people should not abandon the needs of vulnerable groups such as children, especially for their well-being. We could interpret this verse as a strong demand for information on sexuality and reproductive health for young people. Instead the local Islamic law targets at how women have to wear hijabs, how they must dress and restricts women’s access to public space and condemns women to walk outside at night hours.

AYOMI, an organization in Aceh, has done some research since 2008 stating that over 30% of the girls between 16 and 18 years old have been forcibly married and that over 40% experienced dating violence in Aceh. This number doesn’t even include the fact that many teenagers have been involved in unsafe sex with their friends. The risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases is very high, leading the youth to conditions, in which they are not able to continue education or even find any work in the future.

According to Ryan Fajar Febrianto, one of our facilitators during student training, the health of young people doesn’t just include physical health, but also mental and social health within their society. Access to comprehensive reproductive health is crucial, not just for information purposes but also to prepare the youth for a better future.

The problems in Aceh are not just based on the culture that prohibits access to information on sexuality and reproductive health, but also on the missing access to comprehensive information. Institutions such as schools need to have programs for comprehensive sexual education, said some of the activists in Aceh.

The youth involved in our 4-days training was very positive and responsive towards the program that PWAG Indonesia made. It has also been suggested to increase this kind of training in other schools outside of Banda Aceh (capital of Aceh province). PWAG Indonesia has been working closely with Aceh Women for Peace Foundation and LBH APIK Aceh, in order to develop similar trainings in other cities, for future programs. The urgent call of women and youth living under these conditions in Aceh needs to be addressed, not just with a one-time program, but with continuing and sustainable programs.

By Olin Monteiro (National Coordinator PWAG Indonesia)

Erster Erlebnisbericht aus Buenos Aires – und Ausblick auf den zweitägigen Workshop zu „Gender Perspektiven und Frauenhandel“

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Vom 29. April bis 6. Mai findet in Buenos Aires das internationale Treffen der PWAG Koordinatorinnen aus den Violence Against Women-Projekten in Indonesien, Brasilien und Argentinien, statt.  Das erklärte Ziel ist der interregionale Erfahrungsaustausch. Für die ersten Tage hat  Maria Julia Moreyra, die PWAG Koordinatorin für Lateinamerika, ein spannendes und abwechslungsreiches Programm vorbereitet. Unter anderem besuchen wir die Oficina de la Mujer (OM)ein seit 2009 in Kraft getretenes Frauenbüro des argentinischen Justizministeriums.  Das Treffen beginnt am Mittwoch  30. April, um 16.00 Uhr, in einem altehrwürdigen Saal des Obersten Gerichtshofes.  An den dunklen Holzwänden hängen  lauter Portraits oberster Richter – „alles Männer und alle weiss“, so die Anmerkung einer Teilnehmerin.

Die Leiterin der Oficina de la Mujer, Dra. Flora Sofía Acselrad,  berichtet von den verschiedenen Aktivitäten und Erfolgen. Man merkt ihren sehr engagierten Ausführungen an, dass sich hier eine Frau wirklich auskennt. Eindrücklich ist, dass hier innerhalb der Justiz, also innerhalb des Systems, Veränderung stattfindet. Systematisch werden darüber hinaus sogenannte „Replicadores“, eine Art Multiplikatorinnen weitergebildet. Und entscheidend ist, dass diese keine „Gender“ Expertinnen sein müssen, denn es geht nicht so sehr um Theorie, sondern um das Engagement und das Interesse an sich. Im letzten Newsletter hat PWAG die Arbeit des OM und die Chance der Weiterbildung, die Maria-Julia erhalten hat,  schon einmal vorgestellt.

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Nun zur Gegenwart…

Viele Tage und auch Nächte hat Maria Julia damit verbracht, den Workshop zum Thema „Frauenhandel mit dem Zweck sexueller Ausbeutung“ thematisch und inhaltlich zu organisieren. Da das Ganze in Kooperation mit dem Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal und der Abgeordneten Margarita Stolbizer vorbereitet wurde, gab es viel Diskussions- und Abstimmungsbedarf.

Jetzt kann es dann aber losgehen – nachdem kurz vor Start nochmals der Raum gewechselt werden musste, weil ein Dachziegel runterbrach. Und das an einem solch noblen Veranstaltungsort, wie dem Honorable Cámara de Diputados de la Nación.

Vera Viera, unsere langjährige Koordinatorin in Brasilien, weiss was es heisst einen internationalen Workshop zu organisieren, denn letztes Jahr war sie Gastgeberin. Sie wird am Nachmittag,  gemeinsam mit zwei FriedensFrauen aus Brasilien,  das erste internationale Panel des zweitägigen Workshops bestreiten. Nilza Iraci und Maria Amelia de Almeida Teles sind seit vielen Jahren Aktivistinnen, sie selbst bezeichnen sich als militantes. Das Thema des heutigen Panels ist: Experiencias de organizaciones y redes de mujeres. Defensa, protección, crímenes sexuales, procesos judiciales (Erfahrungsberichte von Frauenorganisationen und  -netzwerken zu Verteidigung, Schutz und Präzedenzfällen von sexuellen Verbrechen).Team Brasilien

Verfasserin: Meike Sahling, Geschäftsleiterin FriedensFrauen Weltweit

Women at the Peace Table: They Made a Difference

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On 27 of March 2014, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed by the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Women Peace Mediators were among the driving
forces of this successful peace process. Several of them belong to the 1000 PeaceWomen who have been nominated for the Peace Nobel Prize in 2005. Last April 8, a Women’s Forum was held in Quezon City, Philippines in order to visualize and celebrate the difference women made at the peace table.

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 “Peace doesn’t recognize religion, culture. It is a human’s basic need,” said Undersecretary Yasmin Busrao Lao. The inclusion of women in Track 1 (government level) paved the way for changes in the dynamics of the peace process. It shook off the formality of the process by making it more personal while concentrating on the significant and “hardcore” issues that needed to be agreed and settled.

Undersecretary Lao  also shared that at one point, Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer used “informal ways“ in sending messages to her such as “kicking her foot“’ under the table. Director Iona Gracia Jalijali also mentioned that at first the men were not comfortable in hugging members of the panel yet when the final annex was signed they were already comfortable in hugging each other in expressing their happiness.

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“(This process proved that) Women Mediators would be able to rely on the sisterhood of each other,Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles said during the Women’s Forum.
The participation of women, especially having a woman Peace Panel Chair, also created a paradigm shift by eliminating bias the men had against the women. Prof. Coronel-Ferrer mentioned there was discrimination in the beginning especially during the discussion of hard issues like power sharing.

When asked what kept them going, Undersecretary Zenonida Brosas said“we don’t want to go home as a failure.

Author: Jennifer Santos, alumna of the PWAG/Sangat Peace Mediators Course in Nepal, October 2013.

Peace means women’s citizenship

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The goal of our Brazilian PeaceWomen Association, located in São Paulo, is to promote a culture of peace based on the extended meaning of UN Resolution 1325, citizenship and human rights. Its purpose is to value the assumption of gender equality, by promoting activities from two programs: education and educommunication, which I would like to present you here because they are really having an impact on the lifes of violence affected women.

Talita Oliveira, a transsexual who was a victim of international human trafficking when younger, provided the deepening of the theme from her personal example.Program 1 – Education has been developing activities such as workshops, seminars and conferences in different Brazilian regions, with women and men, focusing on the amplified meaning of peace, interconnected with the meaning of masculinities and the reality of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual violence, under the perspectives of gender, social class, race, ethnics, sexual orientation and generation. All the activities are based on the feminist popular education methodology.

Program 2 – Educommunication is devoted to an effective intervention on mass media, including digital media, aiming to gain a wider audience to become sensitized to gender issues, especially men and young people. Another activity is the Exhibition “1000 PeaceWomen Around the World”, with photos and biographies of 1000 women nominated for the 2005 Nobel Prize of Peace, including 52 Brazilian women. The main purpose is to give visibility to women’s work, as well as the important role they play in the achievement of peace in this broadest sense of human security and justice.

Violence against women (VAW) is a universal problem considered to be the cruelest symptom of gender inequality, which is socially constructed, culturally accepted and historically maintained. We consider VAW as a consequence of gender inequality and developed methods and tools to work on gender relationships and VAW in groups of both genders in a participative way. From 2011 to 2012, the focus was domestic violence. Then, from 2013 to 2015, the entity has extended its method of popular education to work not only on domestic violence but to work on women trafficking and sexual violence.

In Brazil, 85% of the victims of human trafficking are women. They end up fueling the international networks of prostitution. According to data from the International Labor Organization, Brazilian women are among the main victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. According to the United Nations, this is the third most profitable form of crime in the world, following the trafficking of drugs and weapons. Brazil is considered to be the cradle of trafficking of women, both due to the large number of neighboring countries and for being the Latin America “exportation” basis for Europe and North America. Human trafficking is definitely one of the worst expressions of gender and social class inequalities.

As a result of our activities in several Brazilian cities, namely workshops and public panels, we have been seeing some of these impacts in Brazilian society:

  • Refinement of feminist perspective on a specific methodology to work the issue of Women Trafficking and Sexual Violence with both sexes.
  • Contribution to the accumulation of discussion on the issue of women trafficking within the feminist movement and in society as a whole.
  • Contribution in the struggle for addressing violence against women that is embodied in domestic, sexual violence and women trafficking.
  • Strengthening of services network against human trafficking, consisting of governmental and nongovernmental actors.
  • Interference in the deployment and implementation of public policies to fight women trafficking and sexual violence.
  • Increased sensitivity of the media and the public about the seriousness of these issues, as a result of gender inequalities.

Summarizing, we can say that more women and men will be representing in decision making levels on addressing VAW; women and men, including the youth, will be engaged together contributing to reducing VAW; gender stereotypes will be challenged by local men and women, including youth.

Author: Vera Vieira, Executive Director of Brazilian PeaceWomen Association

FriedensFrau Irene Santiago – an einem Samstag in Zürich

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Immer wieder ist es schön, eine der 1000 FriedensFrauen persönlich kennen zu lernen. Vieles hatte ich von Irene Santiago, die ich gleich treffen würde, schon gehört in den vergangenen Wochen und Monaten – insbesondere wenn wir im Team über den Friedensmediationskurs in Nepal sprachen, an welchem sie als Ausbildnerin mitwirkte. Ich war also gespannt.

Im Gespräch mit ihr erklärte sich mir denn auch schnell die Faszination meiner Arbeitskollegin, die aufgrund des Mediationskurses mit Irene Santiago zu tun und sie des Öfteren sehr anerkennend erwähnt hatte. Die FriedensFrau hat, und dafür ist sie bekannt, von 2001 bis 2003 Friedensprozesse in Mindanao auf den Philippinen mitgestaltet. Ebenso war  sie  im Jahr 1995 prägend für die Ergebnisse in Beijing (die vierte Weltfrauenkonferenz von Beijing kulminierte in einer Aktionsplattform gegen die Diskriminierung von Frauen).

FriedensFrau Irene Santiago in ZürichAll das sieht man der mittlerweile dreiundsiebzigjährigen mehrfachen Grossmutter nicht an.  Eher unauffällig und wenig prätentiös berichtet sie denn auch von ihrer Arbeit und aus ihrem  Leben. Als ehemalige Vorsitzende der „Mindanao Commission on the Status of  Women“ und  Einberufende des „Mothers for Peace Movement“ wurde sie im Oktober 2013 mit dem N-  Peace Award ausgezeichnet. Dieser Preis anerkennt die tragende Rolle von Frauen in  Friedensprozessen in Asien und wird ausgelobt vom United Nations Development  Programme.

Im persönlichen Gespräch betont Irene Santiago, wie wichtig es sei, dass Frauen nicht nur an   die Verhandlungstische kommen, sondern auch entsprechend darauf vorbereitet werden.    Insofern beurteilt sie Friedensmediationskurse für Frauen – wie jener von PWAG und Sangat, in welchem Vermittlerinnen aus verschiedenen Konfliktkontexten in Nepal zusammenkamen und trainiert wurden – als grundlegend und wichtig. Ihrer Wahrnehmung nach sind Frauen zwar aktiv auf vielen lokalen Ebenen, werden aber für höhere Entscheidungsränge kaum berücksichtigt. Daher komme es in der konkreten und vertieften Beurteilung einer Konfliktsituation dazu, dass die sogenannten Experten in Friedensprozessen oftmals nicht zu wirklich guten, sprich nachhaltigen, Lösungen finden.

Positiv beurteilt die FriedensFrau hingegen die vielfältigen Netzwerkaktivitäten verschiedener international tätiger Frauen-und Menschenrechtsorganisationen. Hier sieht sie echtes Potenzial für die Zukunft. Mit dieser mutmachenden Botschaft neigt sich unser Treffen an einem sonnigen Märznachmittag in Zürich dem Ende zu.

Verfasserin: Meike Sahling, Geschäftsleiterin FriedensFrauen Weltweit

«Les médias peuvent être un outil formidable des femmes pour véhiculer leurs messages»

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La Femme de Paix et journaliste marrocaine Fawzia Talout Meknassi a participé au Forum des Dialogues à Luxor en tant qu’experte en communication et médias. Elle a partagé ses expériences et son savoir-faire avec les femmes activistes et autres qui souhaitent s’impliquer davantage dans le processus de démocratisation en Egypte. Elle nous a fait part de ses impressions et réflexions sur la participation des Égyptiennes au niveau politique et du rôle des femmes dans le fameux «Printemps Arabe».

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Quelles expériences personnelles aimeriez-vous partager avec les Egyptiennes et avec les forces démocratiques en Égypte?

Je voudrais d’abord partager mon expérience de plus de 20 ans acquise au niveau des médias. Les médias utilisés d’une manière efficace, représentent un outil formidable pouvant aider les femmes pour véhiculer leurs messages, leurs attentes, ainsi que leur vision de la société. Elles peuvent faire entendre leurs voix.

C’est vrai que le Maroc a une expérience dans la présence des femmes au niveau des instances élues, notamment au niveau du parlement, grâce à la loi du quotta. Mais ce procédé devrait être que transitoire. La femme Egyptienne est une femme leader dans le monde arabe, de par son éducation, son savoir et les postes de responsabilités  qu’elle occupe. Actuellement, sa présence dans la construction de l’Égypte de 2014 et plus que déterminante. Enfin en tant que Femme de Paix, je prône le dialogue, l’écoute, la tolérance, le respect de la différence et l’acceptation de l’autre.

Est-ce la communication est un élément important dans le processus du dialogue?

Sans communication nous n’avons pas de dialogue. Mais le dialogue suppose également l’écoute et la prédisposition à écouter l’autre.

Comment peuvent les médias appuyer les femmes dans la revendication de leurs droits et pour plus de participation?

Les médias peuvent supporter les femmes dans une participation plus importante et peuvent aider dans le renforcement des droits des femmes, mais il faut que les femmes soient en contact avec les médias, il faut qu’elles les sollicitent, qu’elles leur transmettent de l’information. Autre point important est celui de la présence des femmes dans les postes de décision au niveau des rédactions.

Les femmes ont été assez actives dans les réseaux sociaux qui ont joué un rôle majeur dans la mobilisation des masses au contexte du «Printemps Arabe». Est-ce cet activisme au niveau virtuel peut-t-il se traduire en davantage de participation au niveau politique?

Oui absolument, les sociétés arabes sont toutes en transition actuellement, chacune à sa manière et chacune à son rythme, une chose est certaine, ça ne sera plus comme avant. C’est une opportunité que les femmes doivent saisir. Ce n’est pas évident certes, mais cela fait partie des combats à mener.

Est-ce que c’est encore approprié de parler d’un «Printemps Arabe» dans le contexte politique actuel dans beaucoup de pays arabes qui vivent pas mal de tensions ?

C’est vrai que certaines situations sont dramatiques. Ce qui se passe en Syrie est inhumain. Mais n’oublions pas que des volontés occultes ou transparentes luttent de toutes leurs forces pour faire échouer la volonté des peuples et faire capoter les révolutions. Seul l’avenir nous dira qui aura gain de cause.

Est-ce que les femmes arabes parlent avec une voix commune, est-ce qu’elles luttent pour une cause commune? Ou est-ce qu’elles sont plutôt préoccupées avec les défis auxquels elles font face aux niveaux local ou national ?

Oui et non, nous avons des préoccupations communes à toutes les femmes du monde arabe. Tels les droits à l’éducation, à l’accès aux postes de responsabilité, la participation politique. Mais certaines sociétés sont plus conservatrices que d’autres. Les statuts du personnels, sont différents par exemple celui du Maroc (la moudawana) demeure en avance par rapport à celui de certains pays. Actuellement, il y a une tendance qui émerge et qui tends à développer des réseaux de femmes dans plusieurs pays arabes. Par exemple, lors de la dernière conférence de Luxor, j’ai rencontré une association qui soutient les femmes artisanes, je les ai mis en relation avec une association marocaine, qui travaille dans le même domaine.

Entretien par écrit, questions posées par Femmes de Paix Autour du Monde.

 

Music to heal the wounds of women victims of war and violence

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To explore the feasibility of introducing music and dance into therapeutic work with women suffering of war trauma, Musicians without Borders (MwB) implemented a pilot project in October 2009. In coordination with the NGO Snaga Žene, based in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, MwB’s female vocal ensemble and two Bosnian female music professionals worked for a week with women in the Snaga Žene house in Tuzla, in two refugee settlements, in the village of Potočari and in the town of Srebrenica. The responses from the women, even those most impacted by traumatic events, were overwhelmingly positive. Professional therapists were surprised by the strong and positive effect of the guided movement and singing activities on the women.

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The follow-up project From Woman to Woman started with small, slow steps – as the wounds of the war are deep and music has been forgotten and abandoned by the traumatised women. Music, as a celebration of life, has been locked away for a long time, but has gradually been brought back into the their lives over the past 10 months, to the point where most of them say they cannot wait until the following week’s music activities resume.

The music workshops, coordinated by Almerisa Delic, a local musician, combine musical elements such as singing, body percussion, listening to music,  improvisation with percussion instruments, and body movement/dancing with stress-release breathing exercises and teambuilding activities. This contributes to an experience that gives the women a sense of belonging and creates a safe place in which to begin processing their emotions in a creative way.

In addition to the music and relaxation workshops, an all-women choir – Brave Roses – has been set up in Tuzla, under Almerisa’s guidance. Apart from providing a physical space for musical expression, the choir is also meant to be a way of bridging the divide between the women from the town and the women who live in the refugee camps, and in Srebrenica and Potocari. Brave Roses has sung with, and for, the women in the camps, as well as the women in Srebrenica. This has contributed to breaking down the barrier of social isolation, helped the women reconnect with one another, with processing their individual and collective grief, and provided solidarity through singing together.

Our vision for the next stage of the project includes a more systematic integration of music therapy elements into our workshops, by having certified music therapists further train and give advice to the local project team that implements the community music activities.

More details on the foundations of this project, success stories and updates, as well as ways to support it can be found here: From Woman to Woman on Indiegogo.

Author: Iulia Socea, Project Manager

 

Promoting participation and dialogue in Southern Egypt

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From the 6th to the 8th of March 2014 the first regional Dialogue Forum (DF) organized by PeaceWomen Across the Globe (PWAG) emphasized women’s political participation and how to overcome the challenges facing Egyptian women in politics by conveying leadership and communication skills. Given the current political situation in Egypt our cooperation with the National Council for Women (NCW) from Cairo turned out to play a crucial role in the success of the Dialogue Forum in Luxor.

On the occasion of the event being held in Luxor the secretary general of the governorate of Luxor, General Alaa Harras, honoured the DF by welcoming the participants officially in the name of the city mayor. Ambassador Soad Shalaby, manager of the Women Business Development Center of the NCW, and Maha Maaz from the Center for the Study of Democracy and Social Peace of the Biblioteca Alexandrina, stressed the importance of engaging in a dialogue on the political participation of women in the Egyptian society. Ambassador Soad Shalaby talked about the Egyptian woman as a distinctive and effective lady in the civil society and highlighted the necessity to activate her role in political life.

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To begin the first session of the DF, Dr. Nada Thabet, the moderator, stressed that the main goal was to promote participation and dialogue between the parties through interactive and practical sessions and to come out with applicable proposals. Zahra’ Langhi from the Lybian Women’s platform for Peace led the first workshop, an introduction to dialogue processes and approaches to effective dialogue. In a second workshop Fawzia Talout Meknassi from Presma, a morrocan Press Agency, talked about communication and the use of mass media. The knowledge and experience of our PeaceWomen proved once again to be of utmost value. Even Ambassador Soad who is used to writing media communiqués was impressed by how much she learned in the workshops.

The following two days were dedicated to the dialogue. Due to different factors, among them the fact that there were no Islamist women present, the composition of the participant group could have been more diverse. Nevertheless the discussions were intensive and the participants very motivated. At the end of the three days the participants were divided into two groups (Luxor and Aswan) from which one person each was chosen to be responsible for the respective region. These women will coordinate further meetings and the communication with PWAG and the NCW in order to guarantee the transfer of the acquired skills and tools into practice and the continuation of our cooperation.

Authors: Tanja Mirabile, PWAG Project Manager and Andrea Grossenbacher, PWAG Communications Assistant

Entrevista audiovisual con la Directora del Diario del Viajero

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Es la mujer quien tiene que conllevar esa idea de paz desde el hogar hacia su actividad cualquiera que sea ella.

El 14 de Febrero de 2014, María Julia Moreyra, Coordinadora Regional de Mujeres de Paz en el Mundo, entrevistó a la Licenciada Elisabet Tuma, Directora del Diario del Viajero (Buenos Aires, Argentina). El encuentro tuvo lugar en la sede del periódico.