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Index January 2009

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2009-01-01: Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação CEPIA;
2009-01-02: Kids in the Nest;
2009-01-03: IFOR’s Women Peacemaker’s Program WPP;
2009-01-04: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre AMIC;
2009-01-05: The International Academy Hagia;
2009-01-06: Matriarchy.Info;
2009-01-07: General Union of Palestinian Women GUPW;
2009-01-08: Coalition of Women for Just Peace CWfJP;
2009-01-09: Zoroastrian Association of Gretar New York ZAGNY;
2009-01-10: Women’s Learning Partnership WLP;
2009-01-11: The Beresheet La’Shalom Foundation BLF;
2009-01-12: The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre KSCC;
2009-01-13: Palestine;
2009-01-14: Internal Deplacement Monitoring Centre iDMC;
2009-01-15: Center for Women’s Global Leadership CWGL;
2009-01-16: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network EMHRN;
2009-01-17: Action on Disablility and Development ADD;
2009-01-18: Independent Living Institute ILI;
2009-01-20: Centre for study of Society and Secularism CSSS;
2009-01-21: – Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in India;
2009-01-22: ASTRA Network;
2009-01-23: The;
2009-01-24: European Digital Rights;
2009-01-25: Swiss African Forum SAF;
2009-01-26: Peace;
2009-01-27: INTERNEWS;
2009-01-27: ECOSOC for AEHRF and the NGO world;
2009-01-27: ODECO;
2009-01-28: DARFUR Peace and Development;
2009-01-29: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law;
2009-01-30: Every Human has;
2009-01-30: Centre pour l’Action non-violente CENAC;
2009-01-31: PACT radio – Pakistan.

PACT radio – Pakistan

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(also in the language of Pakistan)

Linked with Freshta Shikhany – Pakistan ex Afghanistan.

The aim of PACT programmes: The languages spoken on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, the culture and traditions of the people, and the problems they are facing in their day-to-day lives, are all inter-related. People living on both sides of the border can help each other solve their problems. How can people’s standard of living improve? How can the conflicts which beset them, be solved in an amicable fashion? How can extremism and polarization of society – inimical to Islam – be replaced by Islamic moderation? … // … These are the answers which PACT programmes seek to address, in the words of ordinary members of society – the ones who have most to gain from solution of current problems, and most to lose from the perpetration of these problems. (full text about /the aim of PACT programmes – scroll down).

Programmes; Features; News archivesListener’s letters;
From fact to fiction: a new cross-border soap opera in the making;
PACT reporters; Trainingplay your part;
(actual) Jobs;
Address: PACT radio, 203 Badshah Tower, Stadium Road, Peshawar Cantt., Pakistan;


  • The name of PACT reflects its main aim: the resolution of all types of conflict. Continue Reading…

Centre pour l’Action non-violente CENAC

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anciennement Centre Martin Luther King CMLK

But et services du Centre – Le but du Centre pour l’action non-violente (CENAC, ex-CMLK) est la promotion de la non-violence active et par là-même la prévention de la violence. Ses services actuels reposent sur 35 ans d’expérience:

  • Programme de formation annuel à la résolution non-violente des conflits.
  • Organisation de modules de formation, intervention lors de conflits, supervisions, en réponse à des demandes spécifiques.
  • Permanences de conseil et soutien personnalisé aux objecteurs de conscience désirant accomplir un service civil; promotion auprès des jeunes.
  • Centre de documentation unique en Suisse contenant plus de 7′000 références dont des collections de revues, des ouvrages pédagogiques, des vidéos.
  • Edition d’un trimestriel d’information et de réflexion «Terres civiles» sur la non-violence.
  • … (texte entier).

Page d’Accueil;
Service Civil;
Formation: une série d’ateliers thématiques au travers de son programme annuel,  des interventions personnalisées à la demande de groupes;
Le Centre: Activités en cours,
Adresse: CENAC, Rue de Genève 52, 1004 Lausanne, Suisse;
Formulaire de contact; Contact directe.

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Every Human Has EHHR

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Linked with World Public, with The

2008 is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th anniversary. It’s time for a global conversation about human rights and the values that unite us as one human family. It can also be a time when each of us chooses to take human rights into our daily lives, individually and collectively. (Homepage with links).

Universal Declaration: read it and pledge it;
Get involved: as an individual, as an organization;
Campaign – every human has rights: campaign news, campaign stories, campaign themes, campaign human rights map;
You can explore two maps showing persons working for the human rights: the Global Awareness layer on Google Earth: Download and install; the HUBmap;
Newsletter: down in the left column;

(down on the homepage): I choose to sign this declaration because
… I wish to take responsibility for upholding the goals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in my daily life and in my community. I will do my best to speak out to protect the freedom and rights of others in my community.

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Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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a legal approach to human rights

Linked with 2009 Specialized Human Rights Program.

Welcome page, (Homepage in spanish/espanol).

The Academy promotes scholarly and practical approaches to human rights and humanitarian law as well as strengthening links between human rights organizations, practitioners and educators worldwide. Through these partnerships, we hope to strengthen the culture and prominence of human rights and humanitarian law around the world. We offer training and courses in human rights for scholars, practitioners and students interested in the international human rights system and laws … (full text Homepage in english)
Spezialized Human Rights Program, May 25 – June 12, 2009;
Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (in english, espanol and portugues);
HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY AWARD (Deadline is February 3, 2009);
Training & Human Rights Promotion; Student Opportunities; Publications;
Address: The Academy is part of the Washington College of Law WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA;
Contacts: by Washinton Colleege of Law WCL.

About /general, and About Washinton Colleege of Law WCL: At the Washington College of Law, you meet the world where you will practice your profession … (full long text).

DARFUR Peace and Development

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Linked with Aisha Abubakr Subaira Adam – Sudan, and with Crossing Conflict Lines to Promote Good Governance.

  • Welcome: Darfur Peace & Development is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization with headquarters in Washington, DC and offices in Khartoum and El Fasher Sudan.
  • DPDO provides humanitarian and development assistance to the victims of conflict in Darfur, Sudan without regard to ethnicity, gender, age or religious beliefs.
  • DPDO works to foster reconciliation, to facilitate just governance and to enable Darfurians to rebuild their homeland in effective, sustainable ways.
  • DPDO also promotes awareness of the crisis in the United States and advocates for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. (Homepage).

Where we operate;
Programs (Darfur Schools, Women’s Center, Solar Cooker Program, Community Dialogue, Advocacy, Documentation, Rehabilitation);
Media: Photos, Videos, Audio;
About Darfur; About Sudan;
Reports from (African Union, DPDO selected reports, US-congress, USaid, United Nations, Human Rights Watch);
Address Headquarters: DARFUR Peace and Development, 666 11th St. NW, Suite 315, Washington DC, 20001, USA (Mail: P.O. Box 90, Washington DC, 20044, USA);

About /Our mission: Darfur Peace & Development Organization (DPDO) was founded in 2002 by a group of Darfurians in the United States. DPDO is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to a peaceful Darfur that is justly governed and developed in a sustainable manner.

The mission of DPDO is to provide humanitarian relief to victims of the genocide in Darfur, to facilitate just governance, and to enable Darfurians to effectively rebuild and develop their homeland.
DPDO implements its programs with the following core values:

  • Inclusiveness, diversity, and human dignity
  • Exchange of ideas and strategies in a mutually respectful context
  • Continuous personal, social, and cultural growth
  • Concern for the rule of law and unrestricted access to justice
  • Development and distribution of knowledge relevant to Sudanese and those who assist them
  • Outreach and advocacy on issues of concern to Sudanese.

(for more: click on about and on its particular links).


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Received out of Honduras a mail in spanish, celebrating the 17th anniversary of their group:


Date:        Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:27:50 -0600
From:        celeo\(tevisat\
To:           ONECA INFORMA
ReplyTo:    celeo\(tevisat\
Subject:    ODECO celebró su XVII Aniversario de Fundación

Maybe this group interests you.

ECOSOC for AEHRF and the NGO world

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we have a new blog telling our maraton for ECOSOC status … since 2002

The blog will be updated continuously, today you find a new post with 6 new UN’s questions, to be answered to satisfy the ECOSOC Committe. If you are interested, you may find all under the link below.

ECOSOC for AEHRF and the NGO world


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Empowering Local Media Worldwide

Linked with Houda Mahamat Malloum – Chad.

Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard … (Homepage).

Site map;
Training, Production;
Humanitarian Media; Women and Media; Ethical Guidelines; Why we work; How We Work;
Directors and Officers; Key Staff; Employment;
Articles; Blog Talk; Publications; Open Media Watch; Newsletter;
Links (Other Internews-Related Organizations – a huge list);
Address: INTERNEWS WASHINGTON DC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, USA;
Contacts in many countries.

About including a video about Internews’ mission and work, 4.49 min.

Our Mission:

  • Information is the power that can change the world. We are in the midst of a revolution in human communication that is profoundly reshaping our future. Yet, for nearly half the planet, the promise of this revolution has not been fulfilled.
  • Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

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Peace Jam has a hightly trained and dynamic staff who can offer keynotes, workshop presentations, facilitation, or speakers for special events. A wide variety of topics and formats are available to fit the needs of your group … (full text community outreach).

Homepage full of links;
global call to action; service learning; Campaign for peace fund;
human rights;
The BRADFORD PEACE JAM – the QUAKER PEACE STUDIES TRUST at the University of Bradford, its mainpage,
and its contact;
photos: FAQ; links;
Address: PeaceJam Foundation Headquarters, 5605 Yukon St., Arvada, CO 80002, USA;

About peace jam: PEACEJAM MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create a new generation of young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates.

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Swiss African Forum SAF

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Homepage with latest News;
News; Activities; Key Events 2008 photos;
Gallery (click also on orange pointer for more);
Downloads; Registration; Links;
Address: Swiss African Forum, Postfach 357, 3000 Bern 14, Switzerland

About /Aims and Benefits:
Objectives – The project aims:

  • To create conditions deem necessary for people to take on urgent initiatives, beyond the efforts already made to date, which will do away with bad notion on Africans.
  • To develop appropriate methodologies for transforming the specific support and promotion of those cultural elements that constitute testimonies and symbols of bicultural convergence, with priority to areas were culture is under direct attack in the context of promotion, education, awareness and entertainment.
  • To demonstrate a deeper probing into the problem of Africa and its globalisation consequences as it relates to cultures and religions and the noting of dangers, and also of opportunities, which derive from its economic, technological and political context.
  • To design and pilot a sustainable network for future cultural interactions.
  • To demonstrate that cultural richness and diversity are important elements in the processes of integration and socio-economic development.
  • Building up a network towards an African Parliament in Switzerland.
  • Building up media channels, e-mail newsletter, homepage-portal, newspaper(s), radiostation, television.

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European Digital Rights

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Digital Civil Rights in Europe

European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 29 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership. They are based or have offices in 18 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe. (Homepage).

Members; board;
Campaigns: copyright, freedom of expression, biometrics, data retention, airline passenger data;
Statutes in english, and in french;
Newsletter EDRI-gram: subscribe, archive;
Issues: freedom of speech, security, governance, new trechnology;
Postal address: European Digital Rights, Kandelaarsstraat 23, B1000 Brussels, Belgium;

About: European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership. They are based or have offices in 17 different countries in Europe.

Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe.

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Linked with Wanda Nowicka – Poland.

We are moving to a global village and yet we don’t have our global elders. The Elders can be a group who have the trust of the world, who can speak freely, be fiercely independent and respond fast and flexibly in conflict situations. (Homepage).

The elders;
Latest events; News; Press;
Global village; Jobs; our supporters;
The project: Every Human has;
Downloads: the Elders biographies, a transcript of Nelson Mandela’s speech, quotes from The Elders;
Newsletter /periodic updates: subscribe down in the left column;
Contact: for general press enquiries, please contact Katy Cronin, Communications Director at The Elders.

No ‘About’, but this text: The Elders – Current government cannot lead Zimbabwe out of humanitarian crisis … The Elders have released a detailed report on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe following their recent visit to the region. The report calls on SADC leaders to acknowledge the seriousness of the refugee crisis in the region, stop deportations to Zimbabwe and establish a regional coordination mechanism to address and contain Zimbabwe’s cholera epidemic.

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ASTRA Network

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Central and Eastern Europe women’s network for sexual and reproductive health and rights ASTRA

Linked with Wanda Nowicka – Poland, and with Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in EU and non-EU countries.

The human rights of women include their right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Equal relationships between women and men in matters of sexual relations and reproduction, including full respect for the integrity of the person, require mutual respect, consent and shared responsibility for sexual behaviour and its consequences – Platform for Action of Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995. (Homepage).

Members; Advisory Board;
Official Meetings; Seminars and Workshops; Activities 2004-2008;
Documentary: Breaking the Silence; Open Letters and Statements;
News; Publications; Newsletter /Bulletin; Links; and many more …
Address: ASTRA SECRETARIAT, Federation for Women and Family Planning, ul. Nowolipie 13/15, 00-150 Warsaw, POLAND;

About: ASTRA is a regional network of NGOs and individuals advocating in a collective voice for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Central and Eastern Europe.

ASTRA works for the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights and advocates for their observance, prioritization and implementation on the international, regional and national agendas.

Continue Reading… – Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in India

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… a huge amount of links, peoples, groups, articles, websites – mixed up with many links in some pages … many sections are still under construction … just have a look …

Linked with Ram Puniyani – India.

… A group of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals who met in Delhi during past two days have issued the following statement at the end of the gathering. Joint Statement by Indians and Pakistanis:
We understand and share the anger of the people over the Mumbai attack. We also stress and reiterate the need for those individuals and organizations guilty of the ghastly attack on Mumbai to be named and punished, in a free, fair, impartial investigation and prosecution. Equally we feel the need to eliminate terrorism that has impacted on India recently and the entire region of South Asia and threatens the peaceful co-existence between peoples and countries … (full text ).

Archives: over 4 Lakh Documents Online;
Contact /Feedback.

Sub-Categories (containing articles):

  • Communalism Combat — October 2008
  • Sabrang Alternative News Network (SANN)
  • Communal Carnage
  • Fascist Heritage
  • India: Rights & Wrongs


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Centre for study of society and secularism CSSS

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Linked with Ram Puniyani – India, and with Invoking India’s Fuhrer.

At the turn of the century India’s progress seems stalled by the prevalent ambience of fear and terror along with a nostalgia for happier and more secure times.The scale of displacement, the deep divisions, the smouldering hatreds, the continuing politicisation of events-all these are threatening the secular fabric of out society. What is disheartening is that the threat is continuously being reinforced by a Sustained campaign of hatred by the fundamentalist and fascist forces. They have and still are distorting religion to build a fascist regime by spreading misinformation, false propaganda and distrust for each other in the hearts of the common citizens. The question is whether we will remain passive onlookers or take steps to ensure harmony and progress among the people … (full text about 1/2).

Indian Journal of Secularism;
Institute of Islamc Studies: Hindu-Muslim Unity through religion?
Address: 602 & 603, Silver Star, 6th Floor, Behind BEST Bus Depot, Santacruz (E), Mumbai – 400 055, India;
Contact: Tel (Off) 26149668, 26630085 — (R) 26630086; Fax 091-022-26173624; e-mail.

About 2/2: … Given the present situation of uncertainty and insecurity, if serious attempts are not made to counter the campaign of communal hatred, the very unity, integrity and progress of the country is at stake.

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(in english and in french)

Welcome to AfriKaViva, the cyber House of Africa:

  • Come and join us : our dream has come true ! If you believe in a better world, if you want to contribute actively towards it, we expect you as one of the many champions of Africa, the generous continent, yet aware of its wealth, open to the world, yet refusing to drown in it, determined to conquer its own greatness in order to be truly free.
  • Africa, the mother of mankind, the cradle of human joy as well as of suffering. The continent which knows the power of creation and the power of word. Hence Afrika Viva – a statement : Africa is alive, and a prayer : Long live Africa!
  • Culture has always been the best and ultimate ambassador of values, awareness and hopes. AfriKaViva is a cultural organisation, in a broad sense, without any political or religious ties, determined to stand up for values which benefit today’s changing humanity and to share teachings born from ancient wisdom and gracefully handed down to the planet’s children.
  • AfriKaViva represents a commitment, a state of mind. It is also an incentive to take one’s responsibilities, small and big, with a dynamic spirit, in such a way that laughter and love for life will go hand in hand with efficiency and professionalism.
  • If you feel ready, if the flame of hope is still burning in your heart, come and join us, whether just as a member of the association or with with projects, ideas and proposals. The team of AfriKaViva looks forward to meet you!

All links have the same URL. Just click on the linkname inside of all pages, as: About us, Vision Goals-Objectives-Means, Support-Partners-Patrons, Homepage, Activities, Accomplishments, Culture, Health and Environment, Front Page, AfriKaViva Services and Rates, Contact.

Click on download for a 55 pdf pages report: Ubuntu, Africa’s gift to the world.

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Independent Living Institute ILI

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also in Svenska

  • The Independent Living Institute is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples’ self-determination, self-respect and dignity.
  • We run a virtual library and interactive services for persons with extensive disabilities. We are experts in designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance services, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.
  • We are a not-for-profit private foundation run and controlled mainly by persons with disabilities …  (full text Homepage).

Training to employment;
Study and work; Fashion freaks; Radio;
Personal Assistance Network, 18 pdf pages;
full-text virtual library; latest Annual Report;
Address: Independent Living Institute, Arenavägen 63, 121 77 Stockholm-Johanneshov, Sweden;
Contact: by e-mail, the Website.

About /Mission: The Independent Living Institute (ILI) is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples’ freedom of choice, self-determination, self-respect and dignity. Our ultimate goal is to promote disabled people’s personal and political power. Towards this end we provide information, training materials and develop solutions for services for persons with extensive disabilities in Sweden and internationally. We are experts in designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.
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Action on Disablility and Development ADD

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Linked with Mogullamma – India.

ADD’s vision is of a world where all disabled people are able to enjoy their rights, fulfil their responsibilities and obligations and participate as fully as they choose at every level of society.
ADD supports organisations of disabled people in Africa and Asia to influence policy and practice to end social exclusion and poverty … (full text Homepage).

Disablitiy facts;
How we work; How to help;
News; Download our Annual Review (22 pdf pages /2.88 MB);
sign up for the Newsletter; our latest Newsletter;
Address: Action on Disability and Development, Vallis House, 57 Vallis Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3EG, England;

Who we are: Action on Disability and Development is an international development agency, supporting organisations of disabled people as they campaign for their rightful inclusion in society. ADD was established in 1985 in recognition of the fact that disabled people, especially disabled women and children, are among the poorest, most disadvantaged and socially excluded. This is particularly true in developing countries, where they are often excluded from development assistance. Since then we have directly supported over 170,000 disabled people and many more indirectly.

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Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network EMHRN

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Réseau euro-méditerranéen des droits de l’Homme (in english, en français, en arabic)

Linked with New EMHRN publication.

  • A network of more than 80 human rights organisations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region,
  • Established in 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership,
  • With a membership adhering to universal human rights principles and convinced of the value of cooperation and dialogue across and within borders (about /who we are).

News; Publications; Core Network Documents; Newsletter;
Training Materials; Members-map; Comité exécutif; Vacancies;
The Euromed NGO platform; The Europmed Human Rights Foundation;
Address: EMHRN, Vestergade 16, 2nd floor, DK-1456 Copenhagen K, Denmark;

About /working groups: The working groups are created as a part of the EMHRN strategy of addressing specific human rights issues in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

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Center for Women’s Global Leadership CWGL

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Linked with Haya Shalom – Israel.

Mission: The Center for Women’s Global Leadership CWGL develops and facilitates women’s leadership for women’s human rights and social justice worldwide … (about 1/2).

Events; What’s new;
Program Highlights; Take Action; Leadership Development & Women’s Human Rights Education;
Women’s HR resources; United Nations Advocacy;
Publications; Newsletter;
Policy and Advocacy;
Address: Center for Women’s Global Leadership CWGL, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 160 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555, USA;

About 2/2: … History: The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) was founded as a project of Douglass College in 1989 and is a unit of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL)—a consortium of seven women’s programs at Rutgers University created to study and promote how and why women lead, and to develop programs that prepare women of all ages to lead effectively. The member units of IWL are: the Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP), the Center for Women and Work, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Douglass Residential College, the Institute for Research on Women (IRW), the Institute for Women and Art (IWA), and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

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Internal Deplacement Monitoring Centre iDMC

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Linked with IDP Internal Displaced People of July 20th, 2005, leading directly to the Global IDP project, Geneva (our today’s iDMC), with Vacancy: Training/Legal Officer; and with Kashmir and its PANDITS.

What we do: The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. Through its work, the Centre contributes to improving national and international capacities to protect and assist the millions of people around the globe who have been displaced within their own country as a result of conflicts or human rights violations … (about /what we do 1/2).

Countries; News;
Training and Protection;
Monitoring and Advocacy;
Thematic; Resources; Links;
Address: IDMC, Chemin de Balexert, 7-9, 1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland;

About /What we do 2/2:
… At the request of the United Nations, the Geneva-based IDMC runs an online database providing comprehensive information and analysis on internal displacement in some 50 countries. Based on its monitoring and data collection activities, the Centre advocates for durable solutions to the plight of the internally displaced in line with international standards. The IDMC also carries out training activities to enhance the capacity of local actors to respond to the needs of internally displaced people (IDPs). In its work, the Centre cooperates with and provides support to local and national civil society initiatives.

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Linked with Salma Khadra Jayyusi – Palestine.

Our Aims: In co-operation with the Arab Educational Institute-Open Windows in Bethlehem, aims to preserve and reflect the rich heritage of a wonderful region. Members of the community are invited to submit their family collections or local archives of Palestinian stories, photographs, recipes, maps, oral histories, biographies, historical documents, songs and poems, home remedies etc. to the site … (about 1/2).

Your personal page;
Community resources; Archive /Research;
Associations; Partners;
Audio; Photography, local; Photography diaspora;
Newsletter; Newsletter Archive;
Address: Arab Educational Institute (AEI)-Open Windows (Affilliated to Pax Christi International), Toine van Teeffelen, Milk Grotto Street, #96, Behind the Nativity Church (Orthodox Society Building), P.O.Box: 681, Bethlehem, Palestine;

About 2/2: … Uploading directly to the site is easy, but if you wish you can also send your collections to us by email or post and we will submit them for you. Thus we can help make available valuable and interesting material for current and future generations, and inspire young Palestinians to learn more about their fascinating heritage.

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The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre KSCC

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in arabic and in english (the Music is by Samir Jubran)

Linked with Salma Khadra Jayyusi – Palestine;

The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre Foundation is a non- governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in Palestine. The Sakakini Centre was founded in 1996, and is located in Ramallah in a restored traditional mansion. The Sakakini works in three areas: The visual arts, Palestinian identity & narrative, and holding regular public activities such as: Art exhibits, concerts, literary events, film screenings, children’s activities, & lectures. Our goals & areas of work are: … (full text, on welcome page).

english Homepage).
Monthly events: in the left column of the homepage; (More) projects and events;
Visual arts; Window to arts and cultures in Palestine;
Literature; Bibliography (in many languages);

About /General Information: … KSCC was established in May 1996 as a branch of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture but functioned with programmatic independence; nonetheless, in 1997, it was decided to transform the status of the centre to a non-governmental institution (NGO) to allow it to achieve its mission and goals fully. As a result, KSCC was registered in the Ministry of Interior in May 1998 and obtained a tax-exempt status granted to non-profit organizations from the Palestinian Ministry of Finance; and in August 1998 KSCC signed an agreement with the Ministry of Culture, whereby the Sakakini’s building remains the property of the Ministry, while it is used rent-free by KSCC.

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The Beresheet La’Shalom Foundation BLF

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(with the Arcobaleno – Rainbow Theatre)

Linked with Angelica Edna Calo` Livne – Israel and Italy, and with Israeli theater group encourages Arab and Jewish youngsters to take off their masks.

The Beresheet LaShalom Foundation is dedicated to the creation and perseverance of dialogue of children across diverse groups. The object of this dialogue is to educate and imbibe a positive spirit in confronting the difficult problems they face. The youth from these seemingly opposed cultures can unite around the positive interactions of theatre and can put the horrors they have faced into a perspective that does not foster that same hatred. The foundation seeks to create a generation which will approach other cultures with greater compassion and more understanding … (full text Homepage).

The Arcobaleno – Rainbow Theatre;
Workshops; Summer Children’s Activities; Special Activities;
the Founders; Foundation Needs; Contribute;

Radio Program by our Theatre: The All for Peace Radio Station, that broadcasts simultaneously from Jerusalem and Ramallah, having heard of our work for peace and dialogue, invited us to experiment and produce a short pilot of an hour’s broadcast from young people to young people.

For the young actors of the Rainbow – Arcobaleno Theatre it was a whole new challenge, because now they had to express themselves in words instead of the body language which characterizes their performances of dance – theatre.

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Women’s Learning Partnership WLP

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also in french and in arabic

Linked with Zahira Kamal – Palestine.

The mission of the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is to advance communication and cooperation among and between the women of the world in order to protect human rights, facilitate sustainable development, and promote peace. WLP links those with access to resources, knowledge, and technologies to those without, and augments the voices and visions of the world’s resource-poor majority. WLP believes that dialogue across boundaries of culture, class, gender, generation, and nation is essential for achieving socially equitable and environmentally sound development. To secure a healthy, safe, and democratic environment for all, WLP works to advance gender equity, involve men and boys in promoting gender parity, and facilitate the exchange of grassroots strategies within and across different cultures. By instituting a viable knowledge and learning framework, WLP’s programs provide women and girls of the Global South with the technical knowledge and practical skills needed to participate in the global dialogue about rights, development, and peace … (Mission).

English homepage;
Partners (in many countries); Resources;
Programs; Advocay and networking;
News and events;
Donate now;
Address: Women’s Learning Partnership WLP, 4343 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 201, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA;

About 2/2: Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is dedicated to women’s leadership and empowerment. At its essence, WLP is a builder of networks, working with 18 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim-majority societies, to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies.

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Zoroastrian Association of Gretar New York ZAGNY

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Linked with Bapsi Sidhwa – Pakistan (-India-USA).

The 3rd North American Zoroastrian Conference was held in October of 1979, with the first day’s session at the Darbe Mehr and the second day at the Carnegie Center in New York city … Because of Professor Irani’s connections into the academic world, ZAGNY has over the years been able to organize excellent seminars on various aspects of Zoroastrianism and religious thought. On average, at least one such conference or seminar has taken place each year. ZAGNY also sponsored or co-sponsored the first two International Gatha conferences in Great Britain and Los Angeles and the Yasht conference last year. The taped proceedings or manuscripts of many of these conferences and seminars are in the archives of ZAGNY … (full text history /activities).

Community; Related Organisations;
Documents; Newsletter;
Membership; Board Members;
Address: Arbab Rustam Guiv Darbe-Mehr, Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY), 106 Pomona Road, Suffern, NY 10901, USA;

History of ZAGNY (a short excerpt): … The 3000th Anniversary of the Zoroastrian Culture and Persian Parade – On November 15, 2003 ZAGNY and IZA celebrated the UNESCO-associated 3000th Anniversary of Zoroastrian Culture , featuring presentations:

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Coalition of Women for Just Peace CWfJP

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in english, in hebrew, and in arabic

The Coalition of Women for Peace brings together independent women and 10 feminist peace organizations who work relentlessly for peace and justice. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Coalition today is a leading voice in the peace movement … (about /general info 1/2).

english Homepage;
member organizations; activities;
articles; photo galleries;
join; donations;

about, who we are, general info 2/2: … In addition to supporting the work of its member organizations, the Coalition carries out its own activities – mass rallies, campaigns and educational activity. It runs outreach and advocacy programs within Israeli society, and activities which involve solidarity and cooperation with Palestinian women in the occupied territories.

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General Union of Palestinian Women GUPW

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Linked with Hanan Ashrawi – Palestine, with Hanan Ashrawi and the Price of Dissent,  with Israel and Palestine in these times, with Israel and Palestine on my blogs.

The General Union of Palestinian Women GUPW was established in 1965 as a body within the Palestinian Liberation Organization and according is considered to be the official representative body for Palestinian women around the world . It is also the umbrella for all women’s organizations in Palestine and in exile … (full text About/Mission Statement).

Strategic Objectives; Union Structure; Activities: Conferences;
Related Documents: The National Strategy for the Advancement of Palestinian Women;
Photo Album; Links; Arabic written section;
Addresses: Gaza: Al Rimal – Al Shohada Street; Ramallah: Al Bireh-Al Sharafa, by Al Razi Optical Hospital;

Main Goals:

  • 1- Mobilization of Palestinian Women in the struggle of their people for liberation from Israeli occupation, attainment of self-determination and the right of return as well as the establishment of the independent state on their national soil with Jerusalem as its capital.
  • 2- Raising women’s political awareness and participation in the decision making process, whether in the Unions, National Organizations or Political Parties. Reviewing policies, laws, legislation and decisions to ensure that they are non-discriminatory against men and that they adopt principles of equality and providing equal opportunities between men and women.
  • 4- Integration of women in the labor force and other economic activities.
  • 5- Raising the cultural and health standards of Palestinian women through organizing programs for fundamental education of illiteracy.

Link: Find them also on wikipedia.


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also in german

Linked with Heide Göttner-Abendroth – Germany, with Hannelore Vonier – Germany and USA, and with The International Academy Hagia.

This website was first published in 2000, right after the launch of the German sister site by web designer and editor Hannelore Vonier, an artist, writer, matriarchy specialist and peace worker from Germany, now retired and living in Florida with her husband. Hannelore is convinced, that if you knew about the origin culture of humankind (called matriarchal culture by todays scientists – see definition of matriarchy), you will be able to improve your happiness and sense of being … (about 1/2).

Homepage and link to E-course Matriarchy;
Basics you should know;
Resources … as Matriarchal studies;
Free knowledge base about matriarchal indigenous societies: Description of Matriarchy, and the Term Matriarchy;

About 2/2: … The matter of this webpage is providing material about cultures who live in peace, without violence, war, jealousy or fears – and especially no battle of sexes or conflicts between generations. Societies in balance who enjoy every moment of their life, filled with love, joy and spirituality.

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The International Academy Hagia

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also in german

Heide Göttner-Abendroth – Germany.

The International Academy HAGIA was founded in 1986. It is dedicated to the exploration of the long history of matriarchal societies and cultures. Historically, matriarchal cultures have existed worldwide and continue to exist today in certain societies. It is only recently that research in matriarchy has become an international field of exploration, one that includes all of the socio-cultural sciences; for the first time, this research has been situated within a scientific framework … (full text about 1/2).

Homepage in english:
Matriarchal Society: Definition and Theory (published in The Gift, A Feminist Analysis Athanor book, Meltemi editore, Roma 2004); same downloadable as an 8 page pdf-text;
Program /study courses;
Declaration on Matriarchal Politics: download the declaration;
Address: International Academy HAGIA, Weghof 2, D-945577 Winzer /Germany;
Contact (on the Homepage).

About 2/2: … In terms of social and cultural structures, matriarchy research opens up a fundamentally different perspective than that offered by the societies many of us are living in. It makes us aware of the patterns in our own patriarchal societies and personal lifestyles; these can then be understood, confronted and changed. New ways of thinking and experience become possible, and visions that shed light on the still-hidden paths to the future can develop. The study of matriarchy can touch the person as a whole, and above all, it is meant to change society as a whole.

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Asian Media Information and Communication Centre AMIC

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Linked with Kalinga Seneviratne – Sri Lanka, with Financial Meltdown Decolonising Asian Minds, with MEDIA-PHILIPPINES: Community Radio – Balm in Troubled Areas, and with The Digital Divide.

Our Mission: To nurture and promote Media and Communication research, capacity building, knowledge management and dialogue among academia, industry, government and civil society.
Our Vision: To be the premier Asia–centred institution for Media and Communication education, research and professional development. (about /vision).

Homepage and latest news;
Current projects; Completed projects;
Latest; Catalogue; Media Asia; Subscribe the Asian Journal of Communication AJC; Radio Asia;
Annual conference; South Asia Media Forum; World press freedom day; Others;
Join us;
Addresses – Secretariat Address: #04-19, Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Building, 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718;
Mailing Address: Jurong Point PO Box 360, Singapore 916412;

About: The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) is a non-profit NGO and a registered charity in Singapore with the mission of spearheading the development of media and communication expertise in Asia within the broad framework of economic, social and cultural development.

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IFOR’s Women Peacemaker’s Program WPP

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Linked with Saskia Kouwenberg – Netherlands, with the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network ETAN, and with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation IFOR.

IFOR’s Women Peacemakers Program believes that programs that specifically empower women peacemakers, and encourage women and girls to become involved in peacebuilding and civil society building, are essential for development (Homepage).

What we do; What you can do;
Resources; Facts; Quotes;
FAQ; Links;
Address: IFOR Women Peacemaker’s Program, Spoorstraat 38, Alkmaar, 1815 BK, The Netherlands / Pays-Bas;

Mission: IFOR’s Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) began in 1997 and works to support and strengthen women’s peacemaking initiatives. This is accomplished through an annual international training for nonviolence trainers, gender and nonviolence trainings, campaigns such as the annual May 24 International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, and through the documentation of women’s peace initiatives.

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Kids in the Nest

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Kids in the Nest Educational Society is a registered Canadian/USA non-profit society

Linked with David Takayoshi Suzuki – Canada.

KITNES was established to advance the education of children about the importance of animals, their protection, and the preservation of their habitat. Our website was created to bring wildlife to children through live Internet streaming. Volunteer experts from renowned conservation and athletic groups use both Internet streams and classroom presentations to teach children … (full text Homepage with links and videos).

Our experts;
Goals; School Program;
African Connection;
News and Events;
Videos; Chat; Forum;

About /History: In April 2006 my life changed forever. Not only my life was changed, but many of yours were as well. No matter that I was sitting in front of my computer. Together with millions of people around the world, we were brought to Saanich, Hornby Island & Maine USA. We were all exposed to the inner lives of a pair of eagles, mating, doting over their young, and then watching them fly away as quickly as they had flown into each of our lives. Through that amazing and life altering experience, windows to multitudes of exciting possibilities begun to open.

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Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação CEPIA

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Homepage  in portugese

Linked with Jacqueline Pitanguy – Brazil.

Homepage in english;
News; Medias; Programs; Projects; Courses /Trainings; Staff; Links;
Address: CEPIA, Rua do Russel 694/201 Gloria, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brasil, zip code: 22210-010;

Named in english on different sites, as:

  • - “In 1990, she (Jacqueline Pitanguy, Brazil) founded CEPIA – Cidadania Estudo Pesquisa Informação Ação – a nongovernmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro, and has served as its director since then. CEPIA conducts research on gender relations and advocacy work mainly on violence against women, access to justice, and reproductive health. Since 1997 CEPIA has been the co-secretariat of the Civil Society Forum in the Americas, which aims to strengthen civil society, building common strategies among NGOs with different agendas … (source watch).
  • - Jacqueline Pitanguy says in an interview on CEPIA: … Cepia was one of the first NGOs to advocate for the establishment of centers to work with female victims of sexual abuse. We have been working since 1993 to build such centers and ensure that they are functioning properly. Today, they are a reality. One of our main accomplishments has been the creation of an intersection between the areas of violence and health by establishing bridges between the professionals in these sectors that do not usually communicate with each other. We have trained physicians, nurses, and health professionals working in emergency hospitals of Rio de Janeiro to give the initial care, such as immediately providing emergency contraception to female victims of sexual violence instead of referring them to maternal hospitals as they used to do. Today, Rio’s big emergency public hospitals have trained staff and posted signs made by Cepia and the Municipal Department of Health, indicating what should be done in such cases. We have also been working on the other side of the issues by training the police. Since 1996, Cepia has also been coordinating a course for medical students during which the students debate issues such as human rights, gender equality, and race discrimination. We also hold yearly workshops called the “International Program of Women’s Human Rights” to train men and women working in the fields of health and security … (full interview text).

And on their website in portugese: Nossa Missao: A Cepia é uma organização não governamental, sem fins lucrativos, voltada para a execução de projetos que contribuam para a ampliação e efetivação dos direitos humanos e o fortalecimento da cidadania especialmente dos grupos que, na história de nosso país, vêm sendo tradicionalmente excluídos de seu exercício.

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