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Wally N’Dow – Gambia

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Linked with Redefining cities, and with big-picture.tv BPTV.

He says: “The time has come to face the facts. The urban environment is deteriorating: at least 600 million people, for the most part in developing countries, live in insalubrious housing. At least one third of the world’s citydwellers live in inadequate housing conditions”. (Read more on urbanism).
He says also: ”We need, as a society, in nations large and small, things that bind us together rather than divide us. We need that cement of human solidarity”.

Listen to his five minutes video on Big-Picture.

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Wally N’Dow – Gambia

And he says: “If you look at the sum total of all our collective endeavours for human welfare, you realise that unless you have a functioning human habitat, you can’t do anything much, for instance, with education – there’s no housing. You can not do anything about health, clean water, you cannot do anything about physical security of people, you cannot do anything at all – at all – about democracy and civic responsibility when these places fail”. (Read the whole interview on Global Vision).

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Beatriz Benzano Seré – Uruguay

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Very soon, I understood that I could not be happy being far away from the people who were suffering. For me, the most important thing is being near the humblest people in my country”.

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Beatriz Benzano Seré – Uruguay

She works for ‘Dawn of New Paris Group–Women for a Dignified Life’.

As a Dominican nun, Beatriz Benzano knew the suffering of the marginalized populations of Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago. She left her order and joined the legendary Tupamaros movement, until she was captured, tortured and confined to prison for four years. She returned to Uruguay, from her exile in France, to organize the group Dawn of New Paris–Women for a Dignified Life, helping people living on the streets and families whose lives had been destroyed by unemployment. She particularly dedicated her work to the aid and defense of abandoned women.(Read all on 1000peacewomen).

Elecciones Universitarias 2001.

Sorry, I can not get other informations in english about Beatriz Benzano Seré.

Lori Wallach – USA

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Linked with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, with Why Does the WTO Want My Water?, with big-picture.tv BPTV, and with The Public Citizen.

She is Trade lawyer and author, and she is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, an organization founded in 1995 (as a division of Ralph Nader’s consumer advocacy group Public Citizen) to promote government and corporate accountability in issues involving trade and globalization. Wallach herself was an early entrant into the anti-globalization arena, founding the Citizens Trade Campaign in 1993.

She says: ” … it didn’t seem like the corporations who should be fighting us on the food-safety bills were fighting us face to face. I started to get this feeling … that there was another door; I was guarding only one door to the bank, and someone was ripping off the loot through another door. So I started snooping around, and after I’d heard “GATT” and “NAFTA” a couple of times, I started thinking, there’s some international negotiation going on that’s going to undo all this food-safety stuff I’m trying to do here in the Congress, and where the heck could it be going on? … “. (Read the whole Interview on ‘Wallach’s Road to Activism: Trade Agreements and Consumer Protection’).

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Lori Wallach – USA

She works for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and for the Citizens Trade Campaign.

She says also (excerpt): … “So, interestingly, the administration’s raising [globalization as a remedy to terrorism] has really made people start saying: “Hm. Well, if that’s true, what does it mean?” And then by [the administration's] saying more of the same answer, it’s gotten a real backlash: It’s gotten a backlash in the public; it’s gotten a backlash in Congress. They’re saying: “Hm. All right.

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Fiame Naomi Mataafa – Samoa

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Linked with 60 Women contributing to the 60 years of UNESCO.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “A defining moment in my life: we two – the oldest member of Parliament, from a very traditional village and me, the youngest member and a female, walking into Parliament together holding hands”.

She writes also: “… My most ardent wish is that by 2015, despite missed deadlines thus far, we will have achieved the set goals. Our sub-region of small island states is working hard to hold up our art of the sky through collaborative efforts … “(Read all on page 153 of ‘60 women write … ‘, an UNESCO pdf-text).

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Fiame Naomi Mataafa – Samoa

She works for the Samoa Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA, the National Council of Women, and the Inailau Women’s Leadership Network IWLN.

For over 30 years, Fiame Mataafa has worked on, and been a role model for, promoting and advocating socio-economic and political equality for women and girls in Samoa, through her NGO involvements and her role as politician and Minister of Education. The mentoring of young women leaders is a specific focus, as is a community education program focusing on literacy and business skills training for people with special needs, a first of its kind for Samoa. She effectively bridges and mediates modern and customary faaSamoa (Samoan way of life) ways for herself and for Samoan women and girls. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is a Samoan high chief and politician. She is a Member of Parliament (HRPP) for the constituency of Lotofaga.

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Rose Marie Muraro – Brazil

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “One, who loves, does not compete. Peace depends on the end of the social debt that the developed world has to human beings”.

And: “Without equality between men and women, there will be no peace”.

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Rose Marie Muraro – Brazil

Rose Marie Muraro (born 1930) was one of the pioneers in Brazil’s feminist movement. All of her work is connected to the defense of human rights and women’s rights, a militancy that she began in the 1940s together with progressive segments of the Catholic church. All together, Muraro published 26 books, always with the purpose of giving women the power of speech, and promoting equality.

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Marshall B. Rosenberg – Switzerland & USA

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Linked with Center for Nonviolent Communication, with big-picture.tv BPTV, and with Raising Children Compassionately.

He says: “What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart”.

Marshall B. Rosenberg, born in 1934, is the creator of a method of communication called “Nonviolent Communication” (NVC) and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization. In 1961, Dr. Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin and in 1966 was awarded Diplomate status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. (Read much more on wikipedia).

Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work he was doing with civil rights activists in the early 1960s. During this period he provided mediation and communication skills training to communities working to peacefully desegregate schools and other public institutions. (Read more on The Center for Nonviolent Communication).

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Marshall B. Rosenberg – Switzerland & USA

Listen to his 9 and a half minutes video on Big Picture.

Excerpt: … Question: It seems that when you pursue that line of communication, reflecting back what is then said, your examples indicate that people seem to become less angry or less violent.
Answer: I would say it’s even more powerful than that. When you get people connected to with what’s alive in each other and you transform enemy images that imply wrongness, when you get people out of their heads in these enemy images, and you get them connected to what everybody’s needing, it’s amazing how people who earlier were wanting to hurt one another now want to contribute to each other’s well-being.

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Ying Ning – China

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “My films are deeply concerned with this life in which I also live. I can deeply sense how terrible it is for a collective to be without memory. I record the human condition of life in turbulence.”

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Ying Ning – China

Ning Ying is a well-known film director born in Beijing. She has so far made five feature films and numerous documentaries. The “Beijing Trilogy” is well known for depicting disappearing traditional ways of life, the difficulty of coping with the new changes, and the anxieties of the new generation. Ning has also depicted urgent social issues and imbalanced development in China, such as HIV/Aids, trafficking of women, and street children. Ning Ying is a well-known film director. She was born in the 1950s, her parents were Beijing intellectuals. At the age of 22, in 1978, she was admitted as the first cohort of students to the Beijing Film Academy when university entrance examinations were resumed after the Cultural Revolution. Her classmates were some of the filmmakers now renowned as the “fifth generation” of Chinese filmmakers.

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Fawzia Adam – Somalia

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Linked with renewal.

She says: “We want to move to a country that treats us like human beings, where we can live in freedom … Ask anyone, we can’t send our children to school. The one job we (women) are allowed to do here is be a cleaner”.

And: “The Egyptian government will never help. The U.N. just stood by. If there’s no solution we will all have to just kill ourselves. This is the final solution, so that world knows it’s impossible to live like this”.

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Fawzia Adam – Somalia (Somaliland *)

She works with RAAD.uk

Born in 1962 to an upper middle class family in the Galgaduud region of Somalia, Ms Asha Hagi Elmi Amin had more opportunities than many of her fellow countrywomen. She did not let them pass her by unused. In 1986 she completed an Economics degree at the Somalia National University (SNU), and by 1991 she had a Masters in Management and Organisational Development and a Masters in Business Administration from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Boua Chanthou – Cambodia

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Linked with NGO Forum on Cambodia, with The Khmer Rouge next at Trial, with DCA DanChurchAid Cambodia – the right to food, and with Thavrin THONG – Cambodia.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “We hope that what we are doing is bringing about reform from the bottom, and that the concepts of democracy and transparency are instilled in the minds of people”.

And: “After these encounters I wanted to do something to rebuild my country. Cambodia then was isolated from the rest of the world. It had to start from an empty hand to rebuild the country after the long isolation from 1979 to 1991”.

And also: “I found that people were very strong and resourceful. I was amazed at the way they gathered themselves after the catastrophe to start a new life with little assistance. I was sad to see how little people had, and was angry at the system of resource distribution in our country. But I was hopeful”.

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Boua Chanthou – Cambodia

She works for Partnership for Development in Kampuchea (Padek).

Boua Chanthou (born 1952) left Cambodia to go to school abroad in 1972. When she returned eight years later at the end of the civil war, her country was devastated and deserted. Boua decided to work for its reconstruction.

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Thavrin THONG – Cambodia

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Linked with NGO Forum on Cambodia, with The Khmer Rouge next at Trial, with DCA DanChurchAid Cambodia – the right to food, and with Boua Chanthou – Cambodia.

She received in 2000 the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, see on WWSF, the Laureates of the Women’s World Summit Foundation, Switzerland, see also their Homepage.

Thong Thavrin works with Aphiwar Srei, in Battambang, which provides psycholgical and social support through home visits, and of which she is the Director.
Phone: 012-694-390, e-mail. See Independent Journalism Foundation IJF.

Aphiwar Srei is supported by KHANA and the Frontiers Prevention Project.

She participated in the following events:

More informations and a photo may follow.

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Added on June 17, 2007: sorry my request for a photo at the WWSF has given no result (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

Pierre Salama – France

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Linked with Strategies and Preparedness for Trade and Globalisation in India, with Rethinking Financial Dependency, and with La décennie perdue et la finance «vicieuse». with Creation of a Global Trade Facility, and with Oxfam, the IMF and the World Bank.

He writes: ”The breakdown of certain capital inflows classified according to their specification (bonds, credits) is useful for analysing the modification of some external constraints and the margin of manoeuvre of governments” (see on UNCTAD India.org, page 38).

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Pierre Salama – France

New Causes of Poverty in Latin America. Pierrre Salama: The price rises in Latin America in the 1980s, often in fact hyperinflation, had an inversely proportional effec on incomes. But control over inflation has often in the long run caused a drop in the incomes of the middle and poorer classe. Formerly, poverty spread as inflation accelerated, but now it increases with the growth in unemployment, characterised in particular by the development of the informal economy. In the transition from a relatively closed economy to an open system, the region is seeing a shift in the poverty problem. The means of production era being destroyed rather than restructured.

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Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sri Lanka

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He is the first Sri Lankan who became this past May the prestigious Camera d’Or award for Best First Film at the world reknowned Cannes Film Festival for his Sinhalese language film Sulanga Enu Pinisa /The Forsaken Land. He previously directed a documentary called The Land of Silence in 2001 and a short film, Empty for Love, in 2002.

He says: “If The Forsaken Land has something to do with my country’s history, it is especially through its conveyance of the suspended state of being simultaneously without war and without peace – in between the two. I wanted to capture this strange atmosphere… For me, filmmaking is an ideal vehicle for expressing the mental stress people experience as a result of the emptiness and indecisiveness they feel in their lives. With the film, I wanted to examine emotional isolation in a world where war, peace and God have become abstract notions.” (Read more on Festival de Cannes).

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Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sri Lanka

Born in Ratnapura, southern Sri Lanka, Jayasundara worked in the advertising industry and wrote film reviews before studying at the Film and Television Institute of India from 1998 to 2001. Returning to Sri Lanka, he joined the Government Film Unit and made The Land of Silence, a black-and-white documentary about the victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war. In 2001, he received a grant to continue his film studies in France at Le Fresnoy, where renowned Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang – who served as a guest lecturer to the faculty – left a lasting impression. Working with Tsai, Jayasundara made Empty for Love (2002), a short film that was selected for Cinéfondation, the student category at Cannes. Sulanga Enu Pinisa became a reality with grants from Fonds Sud and Prince Claus.
The beautifully shot film takes place in Sri Lanka in an indefinite setting, where politics, war, love and sex exist in a suspended state of being. Painfully evocative, Sulanga Enu Pinisa attempts to capture the emptiness experienced by the victims of a prolonged civil conflict, using a highly experimental visual style. Zhuang Wubin talks to Vimukthi Jayasundara in New Delhi during the 7th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival, the pre-eminent festival in the world for Asian cinema, where Sulanga Enu Pinisa made its Asian premiere.(Read much more on contemporary magazine.com).

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Lyudmila Alekseeva – Russian Federation

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Linked with the All-Russian Civil Congress.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “My dream is to see the equal partnership of the state power and civil society in Russia”.

Lyudmila Alekseeva (born 1927) worked as a researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. As early as the 1950s, she participated in dissident activities. She helped the cause of political prisoners in the 1960s. In 1976, she became part of the human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG). As a result of her activities, she was forced to emigrate to the US in 1977. In 1993, she returned to Russia where, as the head of the MHG, she helps to provide legal and human rights aid to citizens through a network of ‘legal clinics.’ (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Lyudmila Alekseeva – Russian Federation

She works for the Moskovskaya Helsinskaya gruppa MHG, and for the Vsierossiysky grazhdansky kongress All-Russian Civil Congress.

Lyudmila Alekseeva is a historian and human rights activist. She graduated from the History Faculty of Moscow State University in 1950. Alekseeva was present at the birth of the human rights movement in Russia in the mid-1960s and helped found the Moscow Helsinki Group in 1976.

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Ngun Fung Liu – Hong Kong SAR

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Linked with the Hong Kong Association for the Survivors of Women Abuse Kwan Fook.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “I am now 17 years old, because I started my new life 17 years ago when I left my ex-husband. My painful experiences turned into a driving force for me” .

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Ngun Fung Liu – Hong Kong SAR

She works for the Hong Kong Association for the Survivors of Women Abuse Kwan Fook.

Liu Ngun Fung, born in 1949, is chairlady of the Hong Kong Association for the Survivors of Women Abuse (Kwan Fook), which advocates self/mutual-assistance. Having liberated herself from her husband’s violence, Liu provides services to the women in need as a counter to the patriarchal contempt of the female body and autonomy. She demands an improvement of various social policies, including those on welfare, housing and medicine, so as to build a better environment for the abused women and their children.The Hong Kong Association for the Survivors of Women Abuse (Kwan Fook) was established as an independent NGO in 1997. The organization’s aim is to bring together abused women to help each other to set up a new life. The Hong Kong Association for the Survivors of Women Abuse (Kwan Fook) does not apply the top-down management model.

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Gauriben RaysinghbHai KOLI – India

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Linked with Self Employed Women’s Association SEWA.

She is one of the Laureates awarded in 2006 with the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life given annually by the Women’s World Summit Foundation WWSF.

She says: ”Water is life!”.

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Gauriben RaysinghbHai KOLI – India

She works together with the Self Employed Women’s Association SEWA.

Water is growingly scarce in many parts of the world today, and that is certainly the case in the village of Bharada, Gujarat State. The State Water Supply and Sewerage Board invited SEWA to undertake the work of pipeline repairing in the area – formerly strictly a man’s job. “We will die of thirst if you undertake this job” the men told the women.

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Doreen Spence – Canada

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Linked with ‘some Nativ American’s websites‘, and with Chief Arvol Looking Horse – Sioux Nation USA.

She says: “We must recognize that there was a North American holocaust of native people. We ask ourselves, where do we go now? We must build bridges, bridges to cover the gaps among all nations”.

She says also: “We pray for the safety of our teenagers who kill themselves six times more often than those of other cultural groups. Sixty-five percent of our sons will go to jail before they turn 20 years of age. We know that there is up to a 90 percent chance that our children, if they survive at all, will not succeed in the white man’s school system.”

And she says: “When we discuss conflict resolution, we must keep in mind that it is the women and children who have been impacted most profoundly by the destruction of our Indigenous ways. The best way to understand the concerns of Indigenous women is to let us speak for ourselves.”

And: “We must recognize that there was a North-American holocaust of Native people. We ask ourselves, ‘Where do we go now?’ We must build bridges, bridges to cover the gaps among all nations.”

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Doreen Spence – Canada

She works for the Canadian Indigenous Women’s Resource Institute CIWRI, the Plains Indian Cultural Survival School Society, and the Alberta Civil Liberties Association. See also National Centre of First Nations Governance NCFNG.

Doreen Spence has dedicated the majority of her life to volunteering in native and nonnative communities with a consistent emphasis on aboriginal issues and concerns. Her work in the field of human rights and the protection of fundamental freedoms for her people is unsurpassed.

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Anabell Guerrero – Venezuela & France

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Anabell Guerrero has worked exclusively with photography since 1986. In 1998 she worked on images of the Indians of Arawab (Wayus) orgins who live on a semi-desert peninsula between Venezuela and Colombia. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she has lived and worked since 1986 between France and Venezuela. (See her website).

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Anabell Guerrero – Venezuela & France

Her website in french.

Voir aussi ExpoRevue en français:

See some of her photos on:

Densely complex implications in the photographic work of Anabell Guerreo defy generalizations and reductive interpretations.

La Guajira, a world on the borderline:

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Gabriel Kolko – USA

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Linked with Iraq, The United States, & the End of the European Coalition, with The death of deterrence, and with The Decline of the American Empire.

Gabriel Kolko is a historian, a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto. He is the author of ‘Anatomy of a war: Vietnam, the United States, and the modern historical experience’, the classic ‘Century of war: Politics, conflicts and society since 1914′ (1995) and Another century of war? (2002). He spent 30 years working in Vietnam. (See NTHposition).

He says: “The world is increasingly multipolar, and the US’ desire to maintain absolute military superiority over the world is a chimera.”

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Sorry, I can not get any photo of Gabriel Kolko – USA, but a picture of his book ‘the Age of War’.

Kolko received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1962. While there he was a member of the Student League for Industrial Democracy with Jesse Lemsich. Following graduation he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at SUNY-Buffalo. He joined the York University History Department in 1970 and is now an emeritus professor of history there. Kolko’s research interests include American political history, the Progressive Era, and foreign policy in the twentieth century.

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Katajun Amirpur – Germany & Iran

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Linked with Islamic Feminism in the Islamic Republic, and with IRANIAN PERSONALITIES ON THE ATOMIC CRISIS.

She says: “Obviously, the apparent and quantitative equality is not the only goal of socio-cultural advancement of women. After the Islamic revolution in Iran, the attempt to obtain quantitative equality of women with men in educational centers, offices and factories, in and of itself, is no longer the criterion of progress.”

She says in german: “Insgesamt kann ich die Entstehung dieses bedrohlichen Klimas verstehen, obwohl ich mich als Muslimin weigere, den Islam mit Terror gleichzusetzen. Natürlich sind nicht alle Muslime Terroristen, doch umgekehrt sind leider immer mehr Terroristen Muslime. Deswegen noch einmal: Man darf ihnen gegenüber nicht einknicken”.

Und: “Neben allem Religiösem und Politischem sind Iraner wunderbare Menschen, für die es sich lohnt, die öffentliche Meinung zu formen.”

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Katajun Amirpur – Germany & Iran

She studied Islamic Studies in Bonn and Teheran, and holds a doctorate from Bamberg University on a contemporary Islamic theorist. Katajun Amirpur teaches at the Universities of Berlin, Bamberg and Bonn, and is both author and journalist – particularly for the German public radio stations, DLF and WDR. She is currently carrying out post-doctoral studies on Shiite Koran exegesis, funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Insitute).

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Arnold Tsunga – Zimbabwe

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Linked with human rights first, with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions ZCTU, and with Appearance of ZCTU human rights defenders in Harare Court. And also with Akbar Ganji – Iran.

He is the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Humn Rights, and a radio commentator, and a laureat 2006 for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, which he received on october 11, 2006, in Geneva, by Louise Arbor, UN High Commissioner for Humans Rights, given by the Martin Ennals Foundation during a ceremony at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva (Switzerland), within framework of the International North South Media Festival. (See on zlhr.org.zw/).

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Arnold Tsunga – Zimbabwe

In December 2005, Zimbabwean police raided the Voice of the People office and confiscated equipment and documents in an attempt to put the station out of business. Under Zimbabwe’s repressive Broadcasting Services Act, six trustees of the station have been charged with broadcasting without a license. If convicted, they could face two years in prison. Among the trustees arrested was Arnold Tsunga, who is also chairman of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, or ZimRights.

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Lan Hsiang Hsu – Taiwan

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Until now, all the products we consume have been polluting our water resources. It is done in the manufacturers’ interests, and consumers are unaware”.

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Lan Hsiang Hsu – Taiwan

She works for the Wild Lily Farm (”Dawan” Farm).

While farming in Hsinchu county, Hsu Lan Hsiang found herself in the middle of terrible pollution from a biochemical plant. Together with local villagers, they had the plant close down. Later, they stopped the construction of a golf course. Through organic farming techniques and education, she helps farmers understand the importance of water and the environment. “Only when we get rid of all the pollutants, and people stop endangering the environment, will the earth be saved”. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

Sorry, I can not get other information in english about Lan Hsiang Hsu, being certified it would be the wanted person.

Samir Makdisi – Lebanon

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Linked with Global Development Network GDN, and with Prodi’s message to the Lebanese people.
He says: ”the private sector in Lebanon was strong but warned that the country’s recovery depended on the government avoiding corruption in the distribution of aid money” (see the article by David Fickling, September 7, 2006 in the Guardian).

He says also: “In Lebanon, when you talk about unemployment, you are in fact talking about emigration.” (see alert.net).

And he says: “The impact of the blockade needs to be understood within the context of the overall impact of the war, Essentially, it constituted the continued loss of income.” (see IRINnews.org).

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Samir Makdisi – Lebanon.

He works for the American University of Beirut AUB, Institute of Financial Economics.

He is professor of economics, chair of the economics department, and director of the Institute of Financial Economics at the American University of Beirut. He is also a former Deputy President of the University ( 1993-1998), and a former Minister of Economy and Trade, Republic of Lebanon (1992). He has been a guest lecturer at major universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University; and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, Washington D.C.

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“Mama” Margaretha SAKO – Indonesia

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She is one of the Laureates awarded in 2006 with the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, given annually by the Women’s World Summit Foundation WWSF

She says: ”Together we are strong.”

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“Mama” Margaretha SAKO – Indonesia

Margaretha Sako (54), usually called Mama Margaretha, is the founder and driver of the Saku Maju Group in the Manumean Village (East Nusa Tenggara Province), which has played a key role in the development of her community and served as a model for other regions of her country.

After completing junior high school, she worked with her family, then later with her husband, using slash-and-burn cultivation. In this system trees are cut down, burned, then seeds are planted for two or three years before one moves on to another area where the process starts again. However, this approach is highly damageable to the land, and after observing other villages where agroforestry was used, she became determined to encourage her community to make changes. She followed courses given by a local NGO, and then decided to start a group in her village.

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Nick (Nicholas) Turse – USA

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Linked with ‘The Vietnam War Crimes You Never Heard Of‘.

He is the associate editor and research director of TomDispatch.com. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Daily Ireland. (See on tomdispatch, see the list of his articles there).

He is also doctoral candidate at the ‘Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health’ in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He writes on the military-corporate complex. (See Alternet/Authors, see the list of his articles there).

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Sorry, I can not get any photo of Nick (Nicholas) Turse – USA

… but this photo about “war dead” placards (from a page of Washington Post.com, of August 31, 2004): On the second day of the Republican National Convention, Marlene Rocha reads a magazine as George Lee, Ovay Henkel and Max protest deaths in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Members of the small, autonomous protest group sat silently on a subway train going uptown as police followed them.

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Dianmin Wang – China

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “We should prove that we are able, and live not only for ourselves but also for others…. I am a woman. And I am as good as my male counterparts”.

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Dianmin Wang – China

She works for the Society for the Elderly in Wanglao Village (in chinese).

Wang Dianmin has been actively engaged in promoting the rights of her fellow villagers. She mobilizes villagers to learn government policies, laws and regulations, so that they are better equipped to protect their rights. She has also set up cultural performance groups and a society for the elderly to enrich people’s cultural life and to raise their organizing abilities. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

Sorry, I can not get other information in english about Dianmin Wang, being certified it would be the wanted person.

Amin Maalouf – Lebanon & France

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He said: “Before Fez, I had never set foot in a city, never observed the swarming activity of the alleyways, never felt that powerful breath on my face, like the wind from the sea, heavy with cries and smells. Of course, I was born in Granada, the stately capital of the kingdom of Andalus, but it was already late in the century, and I knew it only in its death agonies, emptied of its citizens and its souls, humiliated, faded, and when I left our quarter of al-Baisin it was no longer anything for my family but a vast encampment, hostile and ruined”.

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Amin Maalouf – Lebanon & France

He is Lebanese journalist and novelist, whose native language was Arabic but who writes in French. Most of Maalouf’s books have a historical setting, and like Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Maalouf mixes fascinating historical facts with fantasy and philosophical ideas. In an interview Maalouf has said that his role as a writer is to create “positive myths”. Maalouf’s works, written with the skill of a master storyteller, offer a sensitive view of the values and attitudes of different cultures in the Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean world. (Read all on Pegasos).

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Martin Ennals – England (1927-1991)

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Linked with International Alert.

He was not only the first Secretary General of International Alert, he was the source of Alert’s early energy, inspiration and development. His untimely death in 1991 was a severe blow to the organisation – and a great loss to the field of human rights.He was a British human rights activist.

He says: ”Without peace, there is little hope for human rights”.

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Martin Ennals – England (1927-1991)

As a pioneer of the human rights movement, Martin Ennals inspired many with his tireless devotion and life-long commitment to individual justice. Throughout his career, he was involved with a wide range of activities in his search for peaceful solutions to conflict and his defence and promotion of equal rights for all. He was instrumental in the founding or early development of many noteworthy organisations including Amnesty International, HURIDOCS, Article 19 and International Alert.

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Margaret Ntuti AKWALU – Kenya

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She is one of the Laureates awarded in 2006 with the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

She says: ”Educate a girl and you educate a nation”.

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Margaret Ntuti AKWALU – Kenya

Chairlady of the Kieni Gia Nkoro Women’s Group in the rural district of Kianjai, Mama Ruth (65), as Margaret Ntuti Akwalu is fondly and popularly called, has made tremendous contributions towards community development in many areas. Her teaching in agriculture and development farming methods enabled her to sell the idea of cash crop growing to unwilling peasants in this rural community which resulted in a big increase of coffee plantation acreage. This became one of the greatest economic activities in the area that fed, educated and employed many people. She also uses her agricultural knowledge to improve her own farm that yields today the highest results. Margaret also preaches good hygiene practices and as a volunteer with the Kenya Family Planning Association, she strongly campaigns against retrogressive cultural practices like girl circumcision (FMG) and advocates for smaller families.

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Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life

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by the Women’s World Summit Foundation WWSF.

Nomination Guidelines: Awarded since 1994 by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) – an international NGO for the empowerment of women and children – the Prize ($500 each) annually honors women and women’s groups exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment in improving the quality of life in rural communities. The Prize aims to draw international attention to the laureates’ contributions to sustainable development, household food security and peace, thus generating more recognition and support for their projects. While rural women are vital in providing examples of sound practice in rural communities, they still do not have to full access tools needed for development, such as education, credit, land rights and participation in decision-making. By highlighting creative development models, innovations and experiences enhancing the quality of life in rural areas, WWSF hopes to participate in addressing the eradication of extreme poverty and help arrest the drift to urban areas.

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Anna Politkovskaya – Russian Federation (1958 – 2006)

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Linked with Children of Chechen “Spetzoperations”, and with Nation Non Grata.

She says: “People ask me: ‘Why do you write about this war?’ The reason is quite simple: we are contemporaries of this savage conflict and, in the end, we will have to answer for it”.

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Anna Politkovskaya – Russian Federation (1958 – 2006)

Anna Politkovskaya (born 1958) is a reputed Russian journalist. In 1999, Anna started working for the ‘Novaya Gazeta’ newspaper as a special correspondent in the Northern Caucasus. She is the author of several books on the war in Chechnya. Anna advocates for the human rights of Chechen refugees and those who have suffered because of the war. She also investigates cases of corruption among high-ranking military in Chechnya. For her journalistic achievements combined with an active anti-war stand, she has received numerous Russian and international awards.(Read all on 1000peacewomen).

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kolesnikov) – Anna Politkovskaya’s assassination resembles other high-profile murders of journalists, from Dmitry Kholodov to Paul Khlebnikov.

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Mireia Uranga Arakistain – Spain

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Linked with Experiencias de Mediacion Escolar en Gernika, and with Gernika Gogoratuz.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Peace is dignity, well-being, and beauty. These are concepts that must not be converted into poison”.

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Mireia Uranga Arakistain – Spain

She works for the Gernika Gogoratuz Peace Research Center (see also their Homepage), and for the Indargi Center.

Mireia Uranga, born in Spain in 1966, is a peace educator who believes in dialogue and conflict mediation. She is an adviser at Gernika Gogoratuz Peace Research Center, an independent center that applies new strategies for the development of a culture of peace. Since 2003, Mireia has also been co-director of the Indargi Center (Strength and Light) and collaborates in international projects for the development of education for peace. She is part of the European Education as a member of the Peace Education group.

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Elsie Monge – Ecuador

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Linked with Plan Colombia and its Consequences in Ecuador, with A Human Rights Council’s statement.

She says: “And when we are with the others, on the edge of an eternal morning, will all of us have eaten breakfast?” (Cesár Vallejo, Peruvian poet).

She says also: “The worse attack on human rights is poverty”.

And she says: “The terrible poverty, and the desire that I felt together with the need to try to do something to remedy this situation, developed my religious vocation”. (Read about Sister Elsie Mong).

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Elsie Monge – Ecuador

She works for the Ecumenical Commission of Human Rights, and for the Ecuadorian Front for Human Rights (mentionned on Amnesty International).

She entered the missionary community of Maryknoll and worked with people who had gone astray. She denounced a murder during a radio transmission in Panama and was forced to leave the country. Back in Ecuador, her native country, Elsie Monge collaborated with agricultural cooperatives of afro-descendent peasants. Later, she started working with the Ecumenical Commission of Human Rights, which she has directed since 1986.

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Joy DeGruy-Leary – USA

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Linked with The Global African Congress GAC, with The Global African Congress GAC,  and with The Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome PTSS.

Women Who Are Shaping The World, A Leadership Summit, October 13, 2006, New York City, New York Marriott Marquis. Register here.

She holds workshops, for instance on Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, on Human Sexuality, or on African-American Male Youth Violence. (Read all on essence.com).

She says: “The nature of this work is such that each group first must see to their own healing, because no group can do another’s work” (about healing the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, read the whole Interview).

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Joy DeGruy-Leary – USA

She teaches social work at the Portland State University. See her new book ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing’. (Read al on inthesetimes.com).

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Paw Lu Lu – Burma

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Linked with Nang Charm Tong, with Khun Htun, with Naw Zipporrah Sein, and with Cynthia Maung.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “War has created many problems. It brings immorality and poverty. The war must end and everybody should live in dignity”.

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Paw Lu Lu – Burma

She works for Baan Plod-Phai (no english text on Google).

Paw Lu Lu was born in 1948 in Tongu, Burma. Although she only finished primary school, a friend trained her as a nurse when she went to live in Karen state. She fled to the Thai border when the repression in Burma worsened and has since been taking care of patients in the Sangklaburi district of Kanchanaburi province.

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Elmi Asha Hagi Amin – Somalia

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Linked with Gender as a Tool in Building Peace, with Somalia – profiles, facts and reports; with Save Somali Women and Children SSWC, with Women defending Peace Conference, and with Women Peacemakers Program WWP.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She is a Visiting Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Member of Transitional Parliament of Somalia, Founder of Save Somali Women and Children SSWC, and Chairperson of The Sixth Clan.

Conference: “The Experience of Somali Women in Peace Building and Political Participation Amid Conflicts”, with Hon. Mde. Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, Sunday, October 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, 601 University Ave., Madison WI 53715 (USA). Come for an Intimate Sunday Afternoon Gathering for Coffee and Conversation. Details on speakers, agenda and registration for the Women’s Executive Leadership Summit are available by calling Mary Corbett at (608) 441-7330. (See on Tempo International).
She says: “Have one voice, and one interest as women”.

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Elmi Asha Hagi Amin – Somalia

She works for ‘Save the Somali Women and Children’ SSWC.

Women’s summit features Somali peace-builder: The Hon. Mde. Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, a member of Somalia’s transitional parliament, founder of Save Somali Women and Children and chair of the Sixth Clan, will be a featured speaker at the Women’s Executive Leadership Summit on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, 601 University Ave., Madison. Elmi, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will speak about her relentless work to empower women and advance their political participation in the Somali peace process.

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Bradford Dillman – USA

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Linked with Illicit International Transactions, with Lessons for US Policy in the Arab World, and with undergraduate study of International Political Economy.

He writes on his Homepage: Welcome to my homepage. I joined the faculty of the University of Puget Sound in 2004. I teach courses in international political economy, Middle East politics, and the illicit global economy. After receiving my PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1994, I spent a number of years teaching in Turkey and Egypt. I have also conducted research in Algeria and Morocco. My research interests include Algerian politics, Middle East political economy, and democratization. One of my current research projects is a comparative analysis of the effects of illicit transactions on reconstruction in Iraq, Palestine, and Algeria. I am also editing a special edition of Mediterranean Politics on Crime, Corruption, and the Shadow Economy in the Mediterranean.

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Bradford Dillman – USA

Toward what type of political future is Morocco heading as it faces the democratization challenge? While Arab one-party regimes have clung to power by cracking down on the opposition, Morocco has taken a refreshingly different path. Its 1997 parliamentary elections were exceptionally free and fair, with an opposition-party coalition winning one third of the seats in the lower house.
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Isabelle Werenfels – Germany

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Linked with Islamist Parties in the Maghreb, with Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP.
She is a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

Read: The Magnetic Pole Of Today’s World Is The West: ISABELLE WERENFELS interviews AMIN MAALOUF.

Read also: Opportunities and Risks in Rapprochement.

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Isabelle Werenfels – Germany

Isabelle Werenfels, a researcher on North Africa for the Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, said: “The cartoons are pretty devastating” for the trial “because at this point it’s very important for Qaddafi to save face”. The Libyan public has been told for seven years that the Bulgarian nurses were responsible for the HIV infections, she said, and it will now be difficult for the government to come up with a different story.

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Solange Fernex – France (1934 – 2006)

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Linked with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, and with Give Regional Cooperation a Chance.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Solange Fernex est une pacifiste et femme politique française, née en 1934 à Biederthal dans le Sundgau (Haut-Rhin), décédée le 11 septembre 2006. Suppléante du premier Français ayant proposé à des électeurs de voter écologiste au premier tour dans des législatives, pour Henri JENN, (32 ans à l’époque) dans une circonscription de Mulhouse en 1973. C’est elle qui mène la liste Europe-Ecologie aux première élections européennes en 1979. Cette liste obtint 4,39% des voix, totalisant 888 134 voix. En 1983, elle a participé au Jeûne pour la Vie, en jeûnant 40 jours à Paris pour le désarmement nucléaire. En 1984 elle participe à la fondation des Verts. Elle a reçu en 2001 un prix pour son engagement contre l’armement nucléaire, le Nuclear-Free Future Award (Lifetime Achievement). Présidente de la section française de la Ligue Internationale des Femmes pour la Paix et la Liberté, elle est membre du comité de parrainage de la Coordination française pour la Décennie de la culture de paix et de non-violence. (read more on wikipedia).

Death of Solange Fernex: The European Green Party pays her its most heartfelt homage, 13th September 2006.

She said: “A falling tree makes a lot of noise. But one cannot hear a forest germinate”.

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Solange Fernex – France (1934 – 2006)

She works for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, for The Children of Chernobyl, and for the European Green Party.

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