PARIS (Reuters) – Anti-government protests inspired by popular revolts that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt are gaining pace around the Middle East and North Africa despite political and economic concessions by nervous governments.
One of the finest organizations in the world – uniting women in dialogues that empower and heal across divides great and small. Their Jan. 2011 newsletter is a beacon of light and inspiration:
It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new day for Peace X Peace! A lot has been cooking behind the scenes since our last issue. With this first 2011 PeaceTimes we’re serving up three fresh new initiatives: Connection Point, Take Action, and Generation Peace.
Connection Point directly addresses what our founder Patricia Smith Melton has called “the world’s wound”: the tragic misunderstanding that too often characterizes relationships between the Arab and Muslim world and the West. Both are vast, and vastly diverse, complex entities, but we’re not daunted. We believe that the best way to embrace that complexity, to get from stereotypes to shared understanding, is person by person, voice by voice, and peace by peace.
Take Action is CEO Kim Weichel’s monthly column on advocacy issues of critical concern to women and all who love peace. This month she introduces our inside role in developing the United States’ plan to implement UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. Future columns will address the upcoming annual meeting of the Commission on the Status Women and the International Violence against Women Act.
Generation Peace welcomes and acknowledges the peacebuilders of the future and provides a forum for their distinctive voices. This month’s column is by young staffer Abby Smith, who manages the initiative. Next month’s might be by YOU. Speak up! We’re all ears.
- Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Taking Action: What Would You Include in the US Action Plan for UNSCR 1325?
by Kimberly Weichel, CEO
I’m delighted to begin this monthly column highlighting the advocacy work that Peace X Peace does to advance and support women internationally. Each month I’ll focus on a different initiative or piece of legislation that is critical to women and the role we can play as individuals, as an organization, and in cooperation with other organizations. Together we are a force field for change!
We all know Dr. Jane Goodall as the woman who lived with chimpanzees and brought their cause to the world. She has helped us embrace them and respond to their endangered habitats. We’ve seen her on TV and have fallen in love with her primate pals. But she did not stop there, since then she has expanded her impact to all of the natural world.
Everyone who goes to Hollywood is trying to make it big. Lauren Selman is no different; only she is trying to make “it” –the big screen that is –more sustainable. For this role there are no Oscars, no Palme d’or. For Selman, founder of Real Green Media, the reward is seeing business pick up and carbon emissions go down, so she says.
TWISP, WA – June 25-27, 2010
The healing is happening in every realm – even those you’d least expect. The FHRC is celebrating its 10th annual event this year, a gathering of people working with nature spirits to collaborate in healing the planet.
What on Earth am I talking about??? Hmmm….many people believe in Angels – in facr a majority of people have had an experience with Angels. Others believe in ghosts or have had experiences with loved ones who have passed. In a similar way, participants of the FC work “across the veil” with nature spirits. Bringing ancient traditions from their homelands around the world, Congress go-ers come together each year to share knowledge and work with allies from nature to improve life on planet Earth for all of us.