Carissime amiche e carissimi amici, vi informiamo del prossimo importante impegno promosso da UPF e WFWP: Mediterraneo ponte di Pace: Cooperazione e Sviluppo Sostenibile nell’area del Mare Nostrum. Senato della Repubblica – Sala ISMA – Piazza Capranica, 72 Roma E’ possibile l’accesso alla sala solamente previa registrazione. Sarà possibile seguirci anche in diretta FB.
The WFWP panel was held within the larger South East Europe Summit with approximately 230 participants from over 40 nations, including men and women of all ages.
Session Chair: Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director, United Nations Office, WFWP International. In her opening remarks, Carolyn Handschin welcomed the full house on behalf of the organizers, thanking the many who contributed to the preparations, especially WFWP Albania. She reminded audiences that we are here to advance together, saying that the EU has no monopoly on solutions and referred to the debates during the WFWP events that brought women Parliamentarians and civil society together in the Albanian Parliament and Kosovo Parliament in 2018 and 2019.
The solidarity among women leaders, and their concern about how to promote women’s participation while taking consideration of the outgoing men in office, was striking- and something European women leaders seem to be less concerned about. Mrs. Handschin explained that the organizers tried very hard to include a male voice in the panel, believing that it is important not just to talk among ourselves and not to repeat the same mistakes attributed to male dominance in politics. That speaker, an important male representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Balkans, was unfortunately called away to a mission just before the conference.
Prof. Julia H. Moon is the President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace International. A internationally renowned ballerina, she is also the chairperson of the Universal Culture Foundation, coordinating the operations of the Universal Art Center, the Universal Ballet Academy, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., and the Julia Company, aside from the Universal Ballet Company.
“Women are those that suffer the most in conflicts and wars, losing husbands and sons, with a possibility of being victim of violence themselves.
We are here to find new pathways for peace therefore, it is high time that societies are not led by the logic of power, but by the logic of love and reconciliation! It is through love and forgiveness that wounds can be healed.
Prof. Moon also emphasised that women develop their talents in the caretaking of their family and household, organising the life of their children. These qualifications need to be used for the wider society: The ability to embrace, have empathy and compassion that can heal the world!”
Hon. Mrs Ardiana Jaku is currently a Member of the Albanian Parliament. She has served previously as a Vice-Minister of Health and Social Protection and as a Regional Director of Social Service in Lezha city. Before being involved in politics, she had experience of leadership in civil society and has qualifications in management and finance. Mrs. Jaku has degree in Finance, is married, and has two children.
Jaku has always been concerned with social wellbeing, to improve equal chances
for men and women! Laws have had to be adapted to counteract gender based
discrimination. Women are the main care takers in the household and too often
victims of domestic violence. Hon. Ms.
Jaku pleaded for the support of victims and the consequent pursuing of the
perpetrators, in order that women and girls are better protected.
work is performed by women, while they only own 26% of the mof income.
Therefore, Ms. Jaku started a plan of action for entrepreneurship of women.
also developed the system of early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, primarily
concerning breast and uteral cancer. She founded new pediatric hospitals. Hon.
Ms. Jaku very energetically strived for a society of justice and well- being
for all! She says “Quotas are not enough,
it is quality that is so important”. She
also mentioned not to forget, “For every women to step in, a man has to step
back! How can we help them to keep their dignity?”!
Céline Guérin completed her PhD in Neurosciences in 2008 in the
CHUV, the hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her willingness to explore
consciousness and human behaviors brought her to work in a Psychiatric
Institute and to experience alternative healing techniques such as meditation,
EFT and hypnosis. Today she specializes in relationship issues,
self-esteem, stress management and sexual abuse and she is working in Sophia
Health Centre in Lausanne as a certified Peak States® therapist. This therapy
is the accomplishment of 30 years of research led by the ISPS- Institute for
Study of Peak States (of Consciousness) and is based on a psychobiological
model explaining how our emotions and physical sensations are correlated to
In the conference, she will talk about the links
between our story, epigenetic and behaviors and how trauma therapy techniques
might be efficient tools to bring peace in ourselves and, by extension, to
increase peace in the world.
Guerin shared how she at a young age -watching the news – always was asking
herself: “Why does history always repeat itself, why do people continue to make
the same mistake over and over again?” She learned that all you can do , like
Mahatma Ghandi has been stating, is to change yourself! M. Ghandi said: ”If
everyone would transform into a better person, the world would become a better
place.” So we need to understand more about ourselves, why are traumas so
deeply rooted in us? As neuroscientist she found, that heavy trauma is changing
our epigenetics, is changing our DNA. This implies that, if not healed, it will
be transmitted to the next generation, and we inherit from the past. Again,
what can be done about that? Dr. Guerin explained three dimensions: Consciousness,
a relationship issue and –very important: Meditation! She brought meditation
into psychiatric institutions. As a trauma has been an experience with strong
emotions, like in the case of (sexual) violence, it needs therapeutic
relationship to be healed, but also meditation, to heal the inner wounds. And
very important: It is a personal decision to want to be healed, to heal!
calls her healing centre “Peak State Therapy for Peace Centre”, as it is when
one can feel deep and positive emotions of joy, happiness, freedom one can
heal. Dr. Gurin says that 70% of healing takes place once a person can speak
about the painful experience, is able to share what she or he has gone through!
“Healing for Peace” is finding peace within ourselves and with influential people and when there is love between nations. M
Ms. Bettina Kircher (International security Sector Advisor, independent conflict consultant and mediator, Germany.) obtained her M.A. in Regional Sciences and is a Lecturer at Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg. She also serves presently as a facilitator and trainer for the German Staff and Command College, Armed Forces and Police, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance / International Security Sector Advisory Team, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), etc. She has more than eight years of working experience in conflict and war zones with the International Committee of the Red Cross, UN Peacekeeping and E.U. Common Security and Defense Policy Missions, predominantly in Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America.
Her strong recommendation is an international security team
with a mandate to act!
In a war, women are even more
affected than man, being prone to multiple acts of violence. But also boys and men are misused – having to
wear a gun, being forced to fight, or boys being forcefully recruited as
soldiers at an early age.
There is nothing good that comes
with a war!
first mission was to go into the jungle to meet the guerrillas to protect
civilians from more killing. (Ivory coast); “First it took months to explain to
the authorities that I want to meet them, they are people, someone has to start
talking to them.” It took weeks to get a local permission to enter the area.
Then informal negotiation could start; I wanted to show – they are human
beings! It is possible to negotiate.”
For one year now unlawful killing did take place and peace negotiations
could start. To reach successful and sustainable peace and reconciliation also
income -generating projects can be important. To offer practical help, often it
is out of social desperation or imbalance that might further leads to violence.
More important points: Lasting peace can only be reached with participation
from the field, the people themselves, plus a strong involvement of women. Let the people find the solution and work for
it – together, create a common goal and vision!
should be not any kind of abuse or neglect remaining; if such continues, then
this might lead to violence again.
Dare to talk to the enemy! Like Betty Williams and Desmond Tutu said, ”It is easy to talk to the friends, but it is important to talk to your enemy, and make him your friend!”
Prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak holds PhD in gender studies and her scope of work includes addressing cutting edge issues involving human rights, politics, religion, education and peace-building with more than fifteen years of experience in academic teaching, and work in governmental and non-governmental sectors. She teaches at Cultural Studies at the University of Zenica and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo. Zilka is former research associate at Stanford University and Harvard University. Her publications includes: Bosnian Labyrinth: Culture, Gender and Leadership (2019); Living Values: Global Ethos in Local Context of BiH (2018); Shining Humanity – Life Stories of Women Peacebuilders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014); Contesting Female, Feminist and Muslim Identities. Post-Socialist Contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012); Women Religion and Politics, 2010.
“I am a Muslim feminist.”
“Women and Peace: Peace is not the mere absence of war or
violence; we need a positive Peace: This means the rebuilding and healing of broken
We need a culture of trust and
overcoming historical barriers.”
Women are differently affected by
war than men.
A woman´s first interest is the
wellbeing and socialisation of her family. Through motherhood a high potential
of the heart is reached. This is why women can reach out the hearts of people.
What has been learned in the family can be extended to the wider society.
more the negotiators.
or after wars it is often the women who are the first to reach out to the
“enemy”, being ready to cross the border again! Women have a high desire for
peace, and a peaceful surrounding for the sake of (their) children.
fact is that women often lack confidence! It needs to be rebuilt. Therefore it
is so important to make achievements reached by women visible. Often it needs
one year of intense training that a woman feels: Yes I can do it, I can start
up with something. So they start social or educational projects together.
need peace and Peace needs women! It needs a women and men equality; that men
to be the supporters and allies of women. And of course the other way around.
why gender mainstreaming is important to keep the momentum of development in
our societies going.
Il 25 novembre, Giornata internazionale per l’eliminazione della violenza contro le donne, l’autrice Eleonora De Nardis sarà ospite dell’Associazione Il valore del femminile con il suo romanzo Sei mia. Un amore violento. Interverranno Anna Filippini, criminologa, Elisabetta Nistri, Presidente della Federazione delle Donne per la Pace nel Mondo Italia-WFWP Italia e Virginia Vandini, sociologa e Presidente dell’Ass. Il valore del femminile.
L’appuntamento è lunedì 25 novembre alle ore 18.30 presso la sede dell’Associazione in Piazzale delle Provincie 8.