Recordings of the Femina Vox - Women's Voices in Peace Education virtual forum hosted by the Global Peace Education Network (GPEN) on International Womens Rights Day, are now available.
The full playlist can be found on the GPEN YouTube channel. One of the sessions featured The Prem Rawat Foundation's Peace Education Program, view its recording here.
Peace Partners volunteer Geri Andrews attended the online conference, and writes about her experience:
On 7th March, the Global Peace Education Network held a webinar conference in honour of International Women's Day. It was called Femina Vox, Women's Voice,and discussed the key themes of Peace Education and Social Justice for women.
Each of the speakers was asked for their opinions and experiences on: What are Women's Rights, and should women be involved in Peace Education? The answers were varied and interesting: it is women themselves who are the main transmitters of culture, who have to keep working to redress the gender imbalance in society, rather than accepting it because this is what has been learned by example. Education needs to be more equal for boys and girls, and there needs to be more opportunities for women and girls in education. Change is needed at personal, institutional and global levels.
History shows that societies and communities that have an even balance between men and women, are matriarchal as well as patriarchal, and are happier and more peaceful, in contrast to societies that are disproportionately dominated by male influences. The acknowledgement of women as a necessary and integral presence at all levels of society is a key feature in establishing a peaceful and prosperous culture for all of humanity.
Our word cloud graphic summarises in brief some of the points made by people from all over the world, celebrating Women's Rights.