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Dignity, Humiliation, and Conflict

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” this is the first statement of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since this declaration’s adoption in 1948, political rights have been foregrounded. Now the time has come for humankind to give dignity sustainable attention. Human rights are embedded in dignity, but dignity has a larger humanizing scope than rights. Dignity entails justice and peace, and it manifests as unity in diversity and supports an ethics of care.

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The Language of Conflict

Ken ClokeZenaZumeta2-200x300Ken Cloke is renowned for his decades of work, passion and dedication to bring peacemaking tools to wherever he believes he can be of service whether it is in the U.S. or around the world. In this episode, The Language of Conflict, Ken will share his personal journey into conflict resolution and peace-making and what keeps him here is this field. He will also share his philosophy of peace-making and what he believes can bring us closest to peace. His global work, research and teachings lead Ken to write numerous books including his most recent The Dance of Opposites which explores a new vision for conflict resolution and the use of language in conflict. Listeners will get an opportunity to think about how they might change their own language of conflict.

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Coexistence and Conflict

Managing inter-communal conflict and violence is critical to national and international security in today’s world. As societies are becoming more diverse, many more countries are facing ethnic, religious, cultural and social conflicts. The globalization of such conflicts is also increasing. Join me as I speak with Mari Fitzduff, the Program Director of the Coexistence and Conflict program at The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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Stories For Hope: The Next Generation In Post-Conflict Rwanda Seeks To Break The Silence

For over two years, my non-profit has trained counselors in Rwanda in narrative psychology, for the sake of Rwanda’s newest generation.  So far we have collected and publicly archived 100 intergenerational dialogues between young adults and their elders, and our evaluations suggest this has been very positive for both generations, as a spur toward reconciliation, and healing.  We will discuss the Questions young people in Rwanda are asking about the post, and the answers from their elders in a dialogue project. 

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I Shall Not Hate

 zena ZumetaDr. Abuelaish talks about his education as a Palestinian, becoming a doctor, his work at an Israeli hospital delivering babies and going back and forth over the border to Gaza, and the night that 3 of his daughters were killed in an Israeli attack on Gaza.  Despite this tragedy, Dr. Abuelaish, who now lives in Toronto, Canada, still speaks out for peace.  His book, I Shall Not Hate, is a testament to the human spirit and its belief in the good in people that lies behind even hatred and war.  He speaks of building bridges between peoples, instead of succumbing to hatred.  He now has a website for the memorial and foundation he has set up in memory of his daughters and his niece who died in 2009,  www.daughtersforlife.com.

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Fashion & Philanthropy

 Founder of Little Black Dress Society, Amanda Graybill inspires women to give back while wearing their LBDs to take a stand against the abuse of women. Forming Societies (chapters) nationwide, women can join other like-minded women in dressing up, having fun, and giving back for a great cause. Because Abuse is never in Fashion!

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Women Building Peace – The Work of Peace X Peace

The Women and Peace series introduces Peace X Peace an international organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures our global network of peace builders. It was founded after 9/11 with the question “How can women promote peace?” It boasts an international network of 17,000 women in 120 countries. This show will examine the questions “Why women make good peace builders?” and the power of feminine leadership…”what it is and why it is important?”

Join us as we talk with Kim Weichel, CEO of Peace X Peace, she has had a long background working in global development, peace building and on programs that advance women. She is a passionate internationalist and works to bridge cultures, heal divides and build peace. She has worked in many countries, including Russia, South Africa, East Africa, Pacific Rim, Germany, Canada and Australia, and has worked with many international agencies. She is also a published author, TV correspondent and radio producer. She is now living in the Washington DC area.

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Women and Peace: Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This 100 year celebration of women’s achievements is chocked full of activities around the world. Listen to Helen Reddy’s 70’s song “I Am Woman” and hear who inspired me.

Check out these links.

International Women’s Day

Top 10 Wins for Women’s Movements

Quotes about Womanhood

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CODEPINK: Women for Peace Kicks Off Women’s History Month

 How did a satirically named small women-led organization become a force for criticizing US foreign policy and a leader in the peace movement? Hear CODEPINK’s story through the lens of one of its longtime members and current staffer, Janet Weil , who is also a military family member with a loved one in the Marine Corps. Janet will talk about her personal experiences as a peace activist, CODEPINK’s history, and the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign she’s working on. She will share stories of women around the US and the world working to end war and redirect our resources toward life-affirming projects.

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