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Index November 2006

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Jerry Mander – USA

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Linked with Homogenization of Global Consciousness. And with Jerry Mander on May 26, 2007.

He says: “The machine is adapted for humans and humans are adapted to the machine. It is a human-machine merger”.

He says: “Corporations live in a kind of nether world where they have all the rights and protection accorded individuals by our laws. For example, you can’t regulate corporate speech in any way, because they’ve successfully become “fictional persons” and therefore have the same rights as an individual to free speech. But the difference is that the individual is only able to use handbills and maybe do a little article in a magazine now and then, while the corporations are able to spend a billion dollars in advertising to tell you what to think … Corporations will advertise whatever isn’t true because if it were true they wouldn’t have the image problem in the first place. If the corporation were a good citizen it wouldn’t need to say it is. The truth is that corporations generally act in direct opposition to nature because profit is based on the transmogrification of raw materials into a new, more salable form”. (Read the whole interview on ratville times).

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Jerry Mander – USA

Jerry Mander is Director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). He is also the programme director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology and a senior fellow at Public Media Center. He is an author and co-editor of ‘Alternatives to Globalization – A Better World is Possible’.

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Zainah Anwar – Malaysia

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Linked with The Sisters in Islam SIS, with TAM – The American Muslim, with Women’s learning partnership, and with Sisters in Islam’s battle.

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

She says: “I want to live in a society that celebrates our plurality, our differences, our diversity and sees that as a blessing instead of a threat”.

She says also: (I am) … “trying to reconcile the teachings of Islam with human rights principles. It’s a work in progress … It’s very gratifying when people tell us, ‘If not for you, we would think that Islam is such a terrible religion, it is because of your work that we think that there is hope in Islam’, that Islam actually stands for justice, for equality”.

And she adds: “There are plenty of decent people out there who feel this way, it is time for us [moderate Muslims] to reclaim the religion from those who have hijacked it to perpetrate violence”.

She is SIS’ executive director and founding member. Read her text of 1997: modern and moderate Islam. The same is also on AsiaWeek.

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Zainah Anwar – Malaysia

She works for The Sisters In Islam SIS (promotes women’s rights within Islam).

Read: Portraits of ordinary Muslims: Malaysia.

With a group of women, Zainah Anwar wanted to find out if it was true that Islam discriminates against women. Turning to the Koran, they found that it advocates justice, equality, dignity and freedom. So they set up Sisters in Islam (SIS) which promotes women’s rights within Islam.

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Lucie Cheng – Taiwan

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

She says: “We believe that the science of learning covers both science and learning”.

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Lucie Cheng – Taiwan

She works for the College of Journalism and Communications at Shixin University.

Lucie Cheng is publisher of both Li Newspaper and Pots, dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at Shixin University, president of Bibliography Literature Publishing Inc, and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She served Chinese workers in Chinatown in the USA before she returned to Taiwan to inherit the Li Newspaper from her father. She opened the Social Development Research Institute at Shixin University and has promoted a series of alternative multimedia courses. She has been active in social and women’s movements for 30 years. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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

Kun Lei – Taiwan

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

She says: “It is an honor to be able to speak up, for all of us”.

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Kun Lei – Taiwan

She works for the Collevtive of Sex Workers and Supporters (Coswas).

Lei Kun (a pseudonym) began her transformative journey from sex worker to sex worker activist in 1997, when the Taipei City government decided to abolish licensed prostitution and declared its more than 120 licensed prostitutes illegal. She has transformed sex work into social movement activism. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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

Chiu Hsiang Huang – Taiwan

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

It is said about her: “Huang is the most outstanding representative of women workers in the Taiwan autonomous trade union since the lifting of martial law in 1987″.

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Chiu Hsiang Huang – Taiwan, she must be one of the two women in the first line.

Huang Chiu Hsiang was born in a tea farmers’ family in the deep mountains of Hsin Chu County. Since 1987, she has been a key trade union leader and is a founding member of the Workers Party and the Labor Party. She has excellent communication and networking skills. She is committed to fighting gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violations of women workers’ rights in factories and within trade unions, and opposing legal amendments to reduce protection of women workers. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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

Lin Ching Hsia – Taiwan

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

She says: “Both a successful therapy case and successful social action rely on the power of the persons involved to struggle against life’s limitations. ‘Struggle’ is necessary, it takes different forms”.

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Lin Ching Hsia – Taiwan

She works for the Department of Applied Psychology, Fu-Jen Catholic University.

After studying overseas, Hsia Lin Ching brought new ideas to Taiwan, a country which had suffered from severe political suppression. Today, she works with sex workers and on community adult education, as well as on capacity building and social awareness among young people. She is professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, Fu-Jen Catholic University, and director of Lu Di Community University, Taipei Province.(Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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

Chin Yu Hsu – Taiwan

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

She says: “My story is nothing. The spirit of those times is very important. I often think about how suffering can make humanity shine.”

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Chin Yu Hsu – Taiwan

She works for the Gu Jinliang Cultural Foundation.

Hsu Chin Yu grew up in Taiwan during the period of the Japanese colonization. In the White Terror period in the 1950s, when many intellectuals, workers and peasants were charged as spies, communist bandits and traitors, she entered a reading club, and took part in the labor movement. Later she was arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, which changed her life. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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

Ramesh Jaura – India & Germany

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Linked with Development Watch, and with IPS Europe & Mediterranean.

The Federal President of Germany awarded Jaura the Federal Cross on Ribbon in June 1996 for promoting international understanding. At the end of that year he became a German citizen. He is a journalist with an experience of nearly 39 years, most of which he has spent reporting on global communication and development affairs, Jaura is tasked with the planning and implementation of IPS’s communication and outreach strategy.

Read: Forum calls on governments and media to protect free speech, Nov. 9, 2006.

Read: International independent media forum to be held in Istanbul, Nov. 3, 2006.

Read: Media Should Voice What Is Not Voiced, Nov. 4, 2006.

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Ramesh Jaura – India & Germany

He is a member of the Board of Directors of IPS International Association and Euro-Mediterranean coordinator of the IPS news agency.

He is also Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual KOMMUNIKATION GLOBAL – COMMUNICATE WORLDWIDE, a monthly magazine for international co-operation published by IPS in Germany. He is also publisher and chief editor of The Global South, a monthly Internet publication.

Then he is Chairman of the GLOBAL COOPERATION COUNCIL that he co-founded in 1983 under the name North-South Forum with the objective of creating public awareness of the need for a genuine North-South dialogue.

CV of Ramesh Jaura.

The GCC FORUM, as it is called, has heads of UN secretariats in Bonn on its global advisory board. Ramesh Jaura was the first journalist from a developing region to be elected president of the prestigious Foreign Press Association (VAP) of Germany in 1981. He was re-elected in the following two years. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of VAP, he edited and published a collection of essays titled The Giant in Chains – Foreign Correspondents’ View of the Federal Republic of Germany that aroused great interest in the media and on the political scene.

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Lo Sai “Rose” Wu – China – Hong Kong SAR

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

She says: “If we treasure human dignity and value life, we must take action now and make a choice to transform and resist the present forces that deny life and destroy community”.

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Lo Sai “Rose” Wu – China, Hong Kong SAR

She works for the Hong Kong Christian Institute (Hkci), and for the Civil Human Rights Front (Chrf).

Rose Wu Lo Sai (54) works in the field of community development. She has brought civil and community concerns to the Church since the 80s. An educator, feminist and Christian social activist, Rose is founder and leader of several NGOs that work for gender equity, social justice, political and civil rights and against poverty. She was convener of the Civil Human Rights Front in 2002-04, an alliance of NGOs instrumental in organizing the rally on 1 July 2003 when over 500,000 people took to the streets to protest against government bureaucracy and the controversial draft National Security Bill. A devoted feminist and Christian social activist, Rose (54) began her community service as an educator.

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Ling Zhao – China

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

She says: “I shall not stand aloof from the peasants and the transient migrant workers and give instructions about what is to be done. I shall be one with them”.

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Ling Zhao – China

She works for the Peasants’ Children – China Rural Development and Promotion Association, Beijing Normal University.

Zhao Ling was born in 1980 and is now president of the Peasants’ Children – China Rural Development and Promotion Association in Beijing Normal University. For many years she has been concerned about the education of migrant workers’ children. She organizes educational activities for these children, and conducts surveys of college students aimed at supporting peasants. Her actions inspire many college students to be concerned about agriculture, rural areas and peasants, as well as the conditions of migrant workers from the countryside. Such activities have now spread throughout the country. Zhao Ling is an only child whose family belongs to Chongqing City in Sichuan Province. Before she entered college, Zhao Ling led a fairly sheltered life under her parents’ protection, and her attitude to life reflected the privileged existence she had led. She knew nothing, for example, about how crops were grown or harvested, she couldn’t tell the difference between two types of grain, and had probably never noticed the scent of flowers and the singing of birds. She was allowed to do nothing but study. Thus her childhood and teenage years were, as she described it, as dim and depressed as the rainy weather in Chongqing city.

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Ruth Weiss – Germany

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

She says: “Life is a never-ending learning process. I learned everyone is unique, yet everyone has equal rights. I learned it is essential to defend such rights, to respect the rich diversity of cultures”.

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Ruth Weiss – Germany

An exemplary biography of the 20th century: Ruth Weiss is born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1924. In 1936, she arrives in South Africa with her family and experiences the development of apartheid. She defies the system with her typewriter, quietly but with determination, in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Europe. She does research, reports, forms friendships, participates in projects to overcome racism. Her strongest quality: she listens. Listening is the basis for understanding, understanding paves the way to reconciliation – a model for peace that can be applied globally.

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Eugen Drewermann – Germany

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Linked with Apostasy.

Eugen Drewermann is one of the most known german rebell inside the catholic church. To explain his thoughts, he often mentions Giordano Bruno as an exemple in his talks.

He tells Giordano Bruno answer to the inquisition, when receiving their death sentence (I try to translate, a bit with Babylon’s help): “This death sentence you speak out on me, you bring it with really much bigger fear as I receive it. People that can murder, in the mania to protect the truth, are nothing but the fear of the truth, and (they are) the embodied lie. Whoever wants to find the truth must dare to disagree with this“. Eugen Drewermann’s comment: this makes the human soul big as far as to the heaven, and as strong and as inexhaustible as to the infinite. (See the german original sentence down of this page).

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Eugen Drewermann – Germany

In the english wikipedia you’ll find: Eugen Drewermann (born June 20, 1940 in Bergkamen near Dortmund) is today’s most widely read German theologian, psychotherapist and writer in Europe.

Son of a Lutheran father and a Catholic mother, after his Abitur exam Drewermann studied philosophy in Münster, theology in Paderborn and psychoanalysis in Göttingen. In 1972 he became priest in Paderborn. At the same time he worked as psychotherapist, and from 1979 also held lectures in religious history and dogmatics at the Catholic Theological Faculty in Paderborn.

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Paula Makabory – Indonesia

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Linked with WEST PAPUA, the forgotten story of a people in crisis, and with Agenda, Empowering Women for Gender Eqity.

And linked also with Statement … The West Papua Case, with Petition Letter the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, with Yan Christian Warinussy – Indonesia, and with Crisis Center SAG SULUTTENG.

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

It is said about her: Paula has faced many hardships with determination.

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Paula Makabory – Indonesia

She works for Elsham.

Paula Makabory was born in Manokwari in West Papua in 1970, a year after the divisive “Act of Free Choice” led to Indonesian control of the territory of West Papua. She is the ninth of 12 siblings raised in a devout, modest Protestant family. She graduated in 1997 from the only state-run university in the region, Cendrawasih University, where she majored in English literature. During her college years, Paula became interested in social issues in particular human rights and women’s rights. Shortly after graduation, she joined Elsham, a determined and bold human rights NGO based in the provincial capital, Jayapura. When Elsham offered her a job, Paula accepted without hesitation.

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Vijay Vaitheeswaran – India & USA

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Linked with Kicking the Oil Habit.

He says: “It has been seen as political suicide to use the word “tax.” But I am very encouraged to see public discourse changing. You now see a range of voices supporting environmental taxation and similar mechanisms, such as Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and the magazines Forbes and Fortune. Senator Richard Lugar, the powerful head of the Foreign Relations Committee, is now pushing for action to get off of oil. There are different motivations for different people. But the way to get the United States to embrace eco-taxation is to form alliances”. (read the whole interview on heise.de).

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Vijay Vaitheeswaran – India & USA

Listen to his 7 minutes video on Big-Picture, recorded in June 2004.

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is The Economist’s Environment and Energy Correspondent, covering developments in politics, economics, business, and technology as they relate to energy issues. He has received awards for his journalism, and previously wrote about Latin America as the magazine’s regional bureau chief in Mexico City. Born in Madras, India, he grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut and graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. He now lives in New York.

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Semjidmaa Damba – Mongolia

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Linked with Mongolian Women’s NGO Coalition.

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

She says: “Be a model of being healthy mentally and in the heart by the way of self-development”.

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Semjidmaa Damba – Mongolia

She works for the Mongolian Union of Vulnerable Group Business Women, mentionned as ‘Association of Business Women of Vulnerable Group’ on the Mongolian Women’s NGO Coalition.

Born in 1943 to a nomadic Buryat family in Mongolia, Semjidmaa Damba was an enthusiastic student who chose to become a telecommunications engineer. Her diploma work at the Odessa Institute (former Soviet Union) in 1967 helped to considerably improve local automatic telephone stations in Mongolia. Semjidmaa taught telecommunications and information technology for many years, but stopped when she lost her working capacity because of disability. Her spirit, however, remained strong and soon she started, alongside other women, the Mongolian Union of Vulnerable Group Business Women.Semjidmaa Damba belongs to the Buryat ethnic branch of the Mongolian nation.

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Noeleen Heyzer – USA

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Linked with Globalization and the Eradication of Poverty, with Human Rights as Education for Peace, with Netherlands Plans Public Muslim Veil Ban, with U.S. Changing Course In Iraq?, with Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, DAWN – Nigeria, and with The harm at home and abroad.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
She says: “A world without war is too important to be the responsibility of any single government, no matter how powerful.

Our challenge is to find one shared humanity in the face of our diversity”.

She says also: “Peace consolidation is an uncertain enterprise. It is one thing to agree to a ceasefire, and quite another to move from there to a point where societies can resolve conflicts through inclusive governance without reverting to armed combat. This year we have seen many examples –from Timor Leste to the Solomon Islands , Afghanistan to Iraq , the process of establishing a secure peace appears even more difficult than it did a year ago. With the setting up of the Peace Building Commission, the UN has strengthened its peacebuilding architecture, increasing coherence in fulfilling its peacebuilding mandate. But today we must ask what else is urgently needed, and how Security Council resolution 1325 could be more effectively implemented to bring about just and sustainable peace”. (Read more on maxim’s news).

Read: WOMEN’S ROLES IN PEACE.

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Noeleen Heyzer – USA

She works for the United Nations Development Fund for Women Unifem, the Development Alternative for Women for a New Era DAWN, and the Asia Pacific Women in Law and Development.

Read: High Level Panel Approves UN Agency for Women Proposal.

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Betty A. Reardon – USA

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Linked with ‘What It Means to “Salvage U.S. Prestige” in Iraq‘, with Globalization and the Eradication of Poverty, with The harm at home and abroad, with U.S. Changing Course In Iraq?, and with Human Rights as Education for Peace.

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

She says: “The ultimate goal of peace education is the formation of responsible, committed, and caring citizens who have integrated the values into everyday life and acquired the skills to advocate for them”.

She says also: “The conceptual core of peace education is violence, it’s control, reduction, and elimination. The conceptual core of human rights education is human dignity, its recognition, fulfillment, and universalization. As I have argued elsewhere, human rights is most readily adaptable to the study of positive peace, the social, political and economic conditions most likely to provide the environment and process for social cohesion and non-violent conflict resolution. It is the contention of this essay that education for peace should be primarily perscriptive, and that human rights offers the most appropriate route through which to move from problem to prescription in all the various approaches to peace education. Positive peace, conceptualized by the peace research community to extend the definition of peace beyond the limitation avoidance or absence of war to include issues of justice, poverty, and freedom, is the concept of peace that is the foundational principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The inextricable relationship between human rights and peace is articulated in the very first sentence of the Preamble to the Declaration, …recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Since the core and seminal document for all current standards of human rights, to which all members of the United Nations are assumed to assent, acknowledges this principle, surely education for peace should also do so. Certainly, both peace researchers and activists and human rights scholars and advocates can agree that violence in all its forms is terms an assault on human dignity”. (See on pdhre.org).

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Betty A. Reardon – USA

Books: Comprehensive Peace Education, Educating for Global Responsibility (Paperback), Sexism and the War System (Paperback).

She works for the Peace Education Center at Teachers College (Columbia University, and the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education.

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Wangari Maathai – Kenya

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Linked with The Green Belt Movement, with The rich biodiversity of Africa, and with the GBM World Bank Biocarbon Project.

She says: ”If you want to save the environment you should protect the people first, because human beings are part of biological diversity. And if we can’t protect our own species, what’s the point of protecting tree species? It sometimes looks as if poor people are destroying the environment. But they are so preoccupied with their survival that they are not concerned about the long-term damage they are doing to the environment simply to meet their most basic needs … For example, in certain regions of Kenya, women walk for miles to get firewood from the forests, as there are no trees left nearby. When fuel is in short supply, women have to walk further and further to find it. Hot meals are served less frequently, nutrition suffers, and hunger increases. If these women had enough resources they would not be depleting valuable forest”.

She says also: “Since the beginning of this century, there has been a clear tendency to cut down indigenous forests and to replace them with exotic species for commercial exploitation. We’ve now become more aware of what this involves and have realized that it was wrong to cut down indigenous forests, thereby destroying our rich biological diversity. But much damage has already been done”. (See both on this UNESCO page).

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Wangari Maathai – Kenya

She works for Africa’s Green Belt Movement.

Read: Professor Wangari Maathai forge a partnership to plant trees.

Maathai stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya. Her unique forms of action have contributed to drawing attention to political oppression – nationally and internationally.

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Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo – Botswana

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Linked with The Case of Shiyeyi in Botswana, with The Kamanakao Association, and with Africa and Poverty.

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

She says: ”There is great potential to revive the language. If the middle aged, who are the majority in the workshops, can gain a sense of self-worthy as Wayeyi and begin to speak the language to their children, the language can survive. The starting point is self-discovery and appreciation of ones language and culture”. (Literacy online).

Lydia’s struggle is genuine; she has approached it with a great sense of responsibility, patience, dedication, and selflessness. She is determined to achieve equality and unity through peaceful means.

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Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo – Botswana

She works as a co-founder of the Kamanakao Association, a pressure group for the linguistic and cultural rights of Wayeyi tribe. She organises workshops to collect data on the language, for a preliminary draft orthography. Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo (48) was born in Botswana. She obtained her Masters’ and PhD degrees in Applied Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is associate professor and dean at the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana. She is co-founder of the Kamanakao Association, a pressure group for the linguistic and cultural rights of the Wayeyi tribe. She is also founder of Reteng, a multicultural coalition of Botswana people. Through her efforts, the government of Botswana set up a committee to review all laws that discriminate against non-Tswanas.

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Dele Olejede – Nigeria

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Linked with e-learning plans for Africa, with Africa and Poverty, with Self-help Assistance Programm ASAP, with TO LIFT AFRICA OUT OF POVERTY, and with Corruption linked to poverty.

He says: “I read and watched plays written by Soyinka, I also used to read the Lagos Daily and I always dreamt of being a columnist one day”.

And: “Africa was in its independence mode and many were going back to celebrating their cultures, these writers were very creative and inspiring, full of our flourishing African culture and we looked to them as our heroes”.

He says also: “Newswatch took a stance against the ruling elite, We started crusading against this kind of rule by denouncing it in our editorials”.

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Dele Olejede – Nigeria

Dele Olojede won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his series of stories examining the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. The series was published in New York Newsday, where he worked for more than 16 years until December 2004. He was foreign editor at the paper, and prior to that served as Africa Correspondent, based in Johannesburg, during the early 1990s. He also was the newspaper’s Asia Bureau Chief, based in Beijing, and had covered the United Nations as well as a variety of other assignments over a 25-year career that began in his native Nigeria. He has reported from more than 70 countries and his work has been published in more than 100 newspapers and magazines around the world. Olojede was graduated from the University of Lagos with a bachelor of science in mass communication, and he received a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York. He also completed a program in media management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He was a member of the board of the National Press Foundation in Washington, and twice served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prizes as well as the Alicia Paterson Foundation. He currently is executive chairman of Timbuktu Media, a startup based in Johannesburg and Lagos. He and his wife, Amma, have two daughters. (See on journalism.co.za).

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Ervin Laszlo – Hungary

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Linked with The Club of Budapest, with Consciousness In The Cosmos, Perspective of Mind, with Planet Life Academy, and with New Concepts of Matter, Life and Mind.

Ervin Laszlo is a leading systems theorist and is the Founder and President of the Club of Budapest. He is also the Director of the General Evolution Research Group and Science Director of the International Peace University of Berlin. He talks about his book “You Can Change the World” – published by Positive News. He talks also about how a more peaceful and sustainable world is possible through individual action and how the book might serve as a guide. Quoting Mikhail Gorbachev, who contributed an introduction to the book, he suggests it is up to each one of us to make a difference. Once we decide to live in a world that is worth passing on to our children, “then even the politicians will come around. Listen on his 4 minutes speach, recorded in August 2003, by clicken on Big-Picture, and there on the play button).

He says: ”You Can Change the World”.

He says also: “(To) center attention on the evolution of human values and consciousness as the crucial factors in changing course – from a race toward degradation, polarization, and disaster to a rethinking of values and priorities so as to navigate today’s transformation in the direction of humanism, ethics, and global sustainability” (see on wikipedia).

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Ervin Laszlo – Hungary

Read: Subtle Connections.

Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has over four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano recordings to his credit. He serves as editor of the monthly World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and of its associated General Evolution Studies book series.

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Tatiana Chertoritskaya – Russian Federation

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

She says: “Why are resolutions in favor of peace, so very obvious for every mother, not adopted by the majority power-wielding men?”.

She says also: “More than 40% of small businesses in Russia today are run by women … The numbers of women in management positions in business are growing, while numbers of men are stagnating. But our research shows women’s salaries remain lower; on average women earn 63% of what men earn”. (See on CSmonitor).

And she says: “We have a few women celebrities, who dominate TV talks shows, but there is still no real women’smovement in Russia. That must grow from below, not be imposed from above”. (See on UStoday).

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Tatiana Chertoritskaya – Russian Federation

She works for the Sotsyal-Democratichiesky Kongress Zhenshchin (Sdkz), and
the Institute of Social Sciences Russian Union of Writers.

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Feroz Mehdi – Canada & Pakistan

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Linked with Fisherfolk rights and water management in Pakistan, with Supporting good governance and water management in the Indus Delta, with Un quartier à livrer – un film de Feroz MEHDI (Neughbourhood Delivery), and with Alternatives in Pakistan.

India Social Forum 2006: The ruling classes and social movements, Monday 19 June 2006 by Feroz MEHDI – As far as organizing the event such as the proposed India Social Forum goes, the Indian organizations involved in the process have already demonstrated their capabilities with the Asian Social Forum 2003 held in Hyderabad and the World Social Forum 2004 held in Mumbai. Logistics were well managed and orchestration of the program well done, with remarkable improvement from the Asian to the World Forum. Attendance was more than expected with over 130 000 participants in Mumbai 2004. Financially too the India Working Committee managed to collect more funds than were spent in the Mumbai Forum.On these two counts there seem to be no worries for the upcoming India Social Forum to be held in Delhi from 9 to 13 November 2006. As far as the WSF process is concerned, the timing is good as it intends to mobilize the participants for the next World Social Forum to be held in Nairobi in January 2007. As a consequence, the ISF is also being announced as the Afro-Asian Solidarity Process. There is though a different political environment than what existed in January 2004 when the WSF was held in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. (Read on Alternatives International).

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Feroz Mehdi – Canada & Pakistan

Feroz Mehdi se considère d’abord comme un militant qui utilise le cinéma afin de faire avancer les causes qui lui tiennent à coeur. Alors qu’il fréquente l’Université d’Aligar, près de Delhi, il s’implique activement et lutte pour une meilleure justice sociale. S’installant à Montréal en 1986, Feroz Mehdi entreprend des études de doctorat en physique nucléaire, avant de suivre une formation en technologie éducative. De 1989 à 1991, de retour en Inde, il réalise deux films documentaires, le premier traitant du Parti communiste indien, le second dénonçant l’intégrisme religieux tant chez les musulmans que chez les hindous. De retour au Québec, l’activiste réalise un document vidéo éducatif portant sur les mères adolescentes dans les communautés cries du Québec.

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Nada Alfy Thabet – Egypt

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.She says: “Never rest as long as there are people in society facing hardship and despair!”

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Nada Alfy Thabet – Egypt

She works for the Village of Hope (VoH), and for the Presbyterian Evangelical Church (PEC).

Nadat Thabet is married and has two sons (24 and 26), one of whom has severe learning difficulties. She works in advocacy for the rights of people with learning difficulties through a network of 22 societies and NGOs working in the field. She has called for health insurance, a pension from birth and the issuing of identity cards. Her work raises awareness of societal prejudices and legal inequities in order to improve conditions for people with learning difficulties in Egypt.

She works in advocacy for the rights of people with learning difficulties through a network of twenty-two societies and NGOs working in the field. She has been calling for health insurance, a pension from birth and the issuing of identity cards. She works on the national level with the National Council for the Mother and Childhood and with the Arab Council for Childhood and Development.

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Nino Burjanadze – Georgia

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Linked with the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation – Georgia.

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

She says: “My true desire is to live in such a way as to feel proud of having accomplished my duty to my people and my children”.Nino Burjanadze played an important role in the Rose Revolution.

She recalls: “One of the most remarkable and unforgettable episodes of my life, perhaps, will be the memory of our entry into the building of Parliament during the Rose Revolution, where the representatives of the government party were declaring themselves winners of the rigged elections of 2 November 2003 and were preparing for the plenary session. It was a crossroad between the old and the new. It was the end of the past, of the economically weak and disintegrated Georgia and the starting point for building a strong, united and European country. The drive, motivation, unanimity and determination of thousands of people participating in the meeting was really amazing”. (See in the text on 1000peacewomen).

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Nino Burjanadze – Georgia

She works for the Parliament of Georgia.

Read: The Company “British Petroleum” has temporarily suspended the transportation of oil via Baku-Supsa pipeline. (The Georgian Times, Nov. 10, 2006).

Nino Burjanadze is the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia. A well-known scholar, lawyer, and human rights protector, she was the first woman in Georgia to become a speaker of parliament. For many years before that, she led human rights and law commissions at the national and international level. Nino Burjanadze is famous as a leader and an example of peaceful conflict resolution during the Rose Revolution in 2003, the most important moment in developing and modernizing Georgia.

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Mahmood Mamdani – USA & Uganda

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Linked with Making Sense of Political Violence in Postcolonial Africa, and with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Jalal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding ACMCU.

He says: ”It is not the first time that the USA has used the mass media to present an entire population as an enemy. It happened with the Native Americans, with the Black Americans, with the Japanese Americans. Ann Norton, who has just written a book on the Neo-Cons, believes that the techniques of Islamophobia is very similar to the anti-Semitism before the Second World War”. (Read the whole interview on inblogs.net).

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Mahmood Mamdani – USA & Uganda

Mahmood Mamdani is of a third generation East African of Indian origin. He was born in Kampala, Uganda. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1974. Since 1999 he has been the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. In 2001 he presented one of the nine papers that were delivered at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium.

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Charlotte Bunch – USA

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

She says: “We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes. How are human rights, peace, and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women?”

She says also: “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues”.

And she says: “Framing violence against women as a human rights issue has helped to make various forms of such violence more visible and added to the perception of the seriousness of the problem. For example, by showing how domestic violence often parallels other forms of violation seen as unacceptable, like torture, or that rape in armed conflict can constitute a war crime has increased the pressure that these issues be taken onto local, national, and global agendas”. (Read the whole interview on Women’s Human Rights.net).

Read: ‘UN new report says, Violence against Women is a Human Rights Violation‘.

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Charlotte Bunch – USA

She works for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, for Human Rights Watch (women), and for International Council on Human Rights Policy. And on the Boards of the Global Fund for Women.

Charlotte Bunch, founder and executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, has been an activist, author, and organizer in women’s and human rights movements for more than three decades.

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Ann Pettifor – England

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Linked with New Economics Foundation NEF, with In these Times, with A cycle of illusions, with Bringing the Proposal to Reality, and with Jubilee Research.

Ann Pettifor is the Director of Jubilee Research at the New Economics Foundation in London. She is co-founder and Director of the international Jubilee 2000 Coalition in Britain. Her work advocating the establishment of Jubilee 2000 across the world has resulted in a powerful global campaign: Jubilee 2000 is now organised in over 60 countries. She has written extensively on international debt issues. She is also editor of “The Real World Economic Outlook”, an alternative to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook. (See on Resurgence).

She says: “You know, the anti-corporate left sometimes gets it wrong. They focus on what they can see and touch, which is trade. And because the international financial regime isn’t visible, it isn’t attacked. But in reality, it has a much greater power of determination than trade” … “It’s not McDonald’s or Nike that rule our world, at least they make things, but the international giants of the banking world like J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup. The problem with globalization lies in the liberalization of capital flows, [not] trade flows. Those who own capital operate in a global economy detached from real political, social and environmental relations. And this detachment has not come about accidentally, it is a result of “structural imbalances” that have been deliberately constructed by those in power”. (Read all on ‘In these Times‘ … see also their Homepage).

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Ann Pettifor – England

Read her book: ‘The Real World Economic Outlook: The Legacy of Globalization – Debt and Deflation’, (Paperback), by Ann Pettifor, on palgrave.com, and on amazon.

Listen to her 5 1/2 minutes talk on Big Pictures (recorded in November 2004). She talks about the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign – the largest and most successful campaign in history to cancel third world debt. She explains how the debt crisis came about and describes how capital flows have reversed direction in recent years.

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Hilda van Stockum – Netherlands & International (1908-2006)

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Funeral Mass in U.K.: There will be celebrated the life and memory of Hilda van Stockum with a funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, U.K., on Saturday, November 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. Following the mass, those who attend are invited to a reception at Garston Manor, Garston … Memorial Service in New York City: A memorial service is planned in New York City, probably in January after the first week. The date will be announced on this site and to those on the HvS email list. (See a long article on the Hilda van Stockum-Homepage).

Hilda van Stockum was an award-winning children’s author and illustrator whose books depicted family life in the Netherlands, Ireland, the United States and Canada. (On schema-root.org).

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Hilda van Stockum – Netherlands & International (1908-2006)

She won honors from the Newbery Medal committee in 1935 for her first book, “A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic.” Based on her own childhood experiences, the book contained illustrations by Ms. van Stockum and a preface by her aunt, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ms. Stockum’s later books, which were written for children from the ages of 7 to 12, reflected the wanderings of her own families. “The Cottage at Bantry Bay” (1938) and two sequels were set in Ireland, where she spent part of her childhood. “The Mitchells” (1945) was the first of three books about a family like the one she and her husband reared; they lived in Washington, then moved to Canada. (Read all on NYTimes).

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William Easterly – USA

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Linked with The Development Research Institute dri, with Center for Global Development, with A Modest Proposal, with Afrika: Ein hoffnungsloser Kontinent, with William Easterly’s Videos, and with The West Can’t Save Africa.

He says: ”After $2.3 trillion over 5 decades, why are the desperate needs of the world’s poor still so tragically unmet? Isn’t it finally time for an end to the impunity of foreign aid?”.

He says also: “They [the poor] are effectively customers of this multi-billion dollar aid industry but lack the ability to give feedback and influence the type of aid they receive”.

Read his text ‘Why Doesn’t Aid Work?’ on CATO unbound.

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William Easterly – USA

Read his text: Think Again, Debt Relief.

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. William Easterly received his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. He spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank.

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Netsai Mushonga – Zimbabwe

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Linked with .

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

She says: “The methodology of active public education, with a deep understanding and respect for Shona and Ndebele cultures, has benefited the program”.

She says also: “I became an activist early on in my life because of the discrimination and abuse of women that I witnessed growing up”.

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Netsai Mushonga – Zimbabwe

She works for the Fellowship of Reconciliation Zimbabwe (For/z).

Netsai Mushonga was born in 1969 in Bindura, Zimbabwe. She is a media coordinator of Women’s Coalition and a member of the International Committee of International Fellowship. In 1995, Netsai worked as a social worker for Danhiko, an NGO providing education and job training for young people with disabilities. In 1996, Netsai joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Zimbabwe, and in 1997 she started the women peacemakers program of For/z. She secured funding to raise awareness within churches on the need to confront gender violence. Netsai was born when Zimbabwe was struggling for independence. At the time hopes for a free and self-reliant country Zimbabwe were at the top of the agenda of the new democracy. The political situation has since deteriorated. There are many problems ranging from shortage of food, petrol and decline in the economic and value of the currency.

Netsai began her work for democracy and against gender violence after studying at the University of Zimbabwe. She has contributed to raising awareness of the problem of domestic violence and violence against women in general in Zimbabwe. She has published an advisory booklet for the church community on violence against women and is now rehabilitating survivors so that they can continue with their life.

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John Perkins – USA

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Linked with Dream Change, and with Global Dialogue Center. Added January 18, 2008: also linked with John Perkins on January 17, 2008, and with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

He says: ”We are watching an empire in the throes of collapse. In Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia, Iraq, Nigeria — and so many other places — we are beginning to see leaders take stands that oppose the corporatocracy. They are trying to limit debts, are standing up to their rights to have the same weapons as their enemies, refusing to give in to oil companies (Ecuador kicked Occidental out earlier this week), and thumbing their noses at Washington. The Bush Administration has pushed people to the limit. And has proven that the empire is vulnerable.”

He says also: “We must be fully conscious. We must support oppressed people around the world. Starving and sick people. We must recognize that our grandchildren have little hope for stable, sustainable, and peaceful lives unless every child on every continent has equal reasons for hope. We do not want to see this empire simply collapse and be replaced by another. We want to insist that it transform itself into a model that reflects the highest ideals of our Declaration of Independence. We must create a world that will make future generations proud of us.” (For both see his Newsletter May 2006, and Archive Newsletters).

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John Perkins – USA

John Perkins spent three decades as an Economic Hit Man, business executive, author, and lecturer. He lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America.

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Maria LINIBI – Papua New Guinea

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Linked with The National Agricultural Research Institute NARI, and with Strategies for agriculture and rural development in Papua New Guinea.

She is a Laureate for the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life 2006.

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Maria LINIBI – Papua New Guinea

Maria Linibi (51) has become one of the most outstanding role models for women farmers in PNG. Rural women play a key role in this still essentially rural country and economy. However, as in many other areas of the world, rural women often live in the shadow of their spouses. A highly competent business woman in her own right, Maria and her husband have developed their own farm and she tirelessly uses the experience gained there to stimulate and encourage other women farmers.

This has been done under trying circumstances. PNG is a struggling developing country, and rural areas are often neglected in terms of services, communication and transport. It is a testament to the laureate’s courage and persistence that she has been able to achieve such a lot. Born in 1955, she worked as a public servant for many years before leaving this job to work on her own farm in 1990.

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Nicole Magloire – Haiti

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Linked with Feature: Curbing Sexual Violence in Haiti, and with The Friends of St. Vincent’s Center. Also with Shocking Lancet Study about Haiti.

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

She says: “I cannot imagine life without commitment to a cause”.

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Nicole Magloire – Haiti

Graduate of the Puerto Príncipe Medical Faculty in Haiti, Doctor Nicole Magloire has dedicated her life to women’s health. In the 1960s, she was committed to the opposition against the dictatorship of Duvalier. Since then, she has been involved in the fight for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and, aside that, for the support of women victims of domestic and political violence. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

link:

Soros Foundation in Haiti Responds to Police Disturbance;

Press Release from … FOKAL;

Local School Directory of St. Vincents Center;

News and Newsletters.

Marta Lucía Micher Camarena – Mexico

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

She says: “There must be another way to exist, to be a human being, to be a woman”. (Inspired by a text of the poet Rosario Castellanos)

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Marta Lucía Micher Camarena – Mexico

She works for The Mirabal Sisters Human Rights Center, and for the Feminist Millennium and Democratic Revolution Party.

They thought of calling her Lourdes, but they named her Lucía. Marta Lucía: “Malú.” She could have been an opera singer, but she became a politician. Decisions, denials, experiences have made the girl that studied piano and song into a defender of women’s rights. A defender of herself. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Gladira Auxiliadora Talavera García – Nicaragua

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

She says: “I could not understand how I, a woman who was illiterate and poor, could contribute to change our lives. I did not understand that the strength of 1000 women was necessary to achieve what we wanted”.

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Gladira Auxiliadora Talavera García – Nicaragua

She works for Axunica, and for The We Bet on Life Foundation.

She took care of her eight siblings and was not able to go to school. She was mistreated by her mother and also by the man she loved. She is Nicaraguan. Her legal name is: Gladira Auxiliadora Talavera García (52). People simply call her “Chilo.” Women recognize in her a common past of poverty and–more than that–a present of organization of acts against disrespect and marginalization. “Chilo” listens, reflects, finds solutions, smiles and never backs down. Never. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Norma Angélica Cruz Córdoba – Guatemala

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

She says: “I have fought and I will continue to fight until the last moment. The right to life is not only the right to breathe, but it is also right to education, health and justice”.

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Norma Angélica Cruz Córdoba – Guatemala

She works for Sobrevivient (Survivors), Tierra Viva (Live Land).

Norma Angélica Cruz was a student leader and a Catholic missionary, a mother, political militant and widow. A daughter of the war, she survived not only the armed violence, but also violence within her family. When her life partner abused her daughter, she took legal action against him, which led to his trial and sentence. She founded the organization Sobrevivient (Survivors) that takes care of victims of violence, including women and their families. Norma Angélica Cruz is, in Guatemala, a recognized defender of women’s rights. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Lázara Lizette Vila Espina – Cuba

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Linked with Proyecto Palomas.

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

She says: “Peace does not need doves. It needs men and women of goodwill”.

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Lázara Lizette Vila Espina – Cuba

She works for Proyecto Palomas.

For over ten years, Lizette Vila has dedicated herself to working for peace and respect for diversity in society. In Havana, she created a project called Proyecto Palomas (Project Doves) with the goal to bring about changes in people’s life styles and promote respect for human diversity, in order to encourage a culture of peace.
(Read all on 1000peacewomen).

links:

La diversità e la pace nel Proyecto Palomas;

festival internacional del nuevo cine latinoamericano.

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