Monday, March 25, 2013
Greetings of Peace from the lovely city of Perth in Western Australia. Met up with some wonderful people doing great work during this trip and I was so inspired with the commitment to creating a more sustainable world. I had the opportunity to learn about preparing students as global citizens, through Professor Neville Bruce who is the foundation director of "Education for World Futures" at the University of Western Austalia. Loved the opportunity to also observe at how sustainable building and living is a reality that everyone can adopt should they choose that as a living lifestyle.
I also got to meet some people who were working with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. I heard wonderful stories and examples of work that is being led by the dynamic Professor Peter Newman, who is an academic-activist. It was most certainly a very inspiring trip to meet the phenomenal people doing meaningful work and I loved the high environmental consciousness practiced by the people I was blessed to meet up with. I also loved the amount of time I got to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and abundant nature in Perth.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Women's Circle & Nature
Monday, January 9, 2012
I think we are all creative beings and we need to find avenues to healthily express ourselves in any form that appeals to us. Creativity is not limited to just the arts of dancing and painting, but also in the many ways we can bring our being into life. Something personal about us that we share with the world.... My latest creative expression is the creation of a Women's Circle at Indigo Lifestyle in 2011. It is a celebration of Life and Love with women of all ages. It is so beautiful to see Mothers and Daughters sharing in this circle, too! And dreams come true in this magical circle - we got to experience one of my most favorite chocolates in the whole world, Hawaiian Macadamian chocolates! Thank you and believe me.... we were all in Blissful Heaven for a few minutes. The simple pleasures of life.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) believes that without peace, development is impossible, and without women, neither peace nor development can take place. Given that women and girls begin from a disadvantaged position, women's empowerment is a key step towards gender equality in peacebuilding. While there has been progress towards women’s empowerment, much work still remains.
IFOR's Women Peacemakers Program (IFOR/WPP) has been established in 1997 to support and empower women peace activists. We actively advocate for the recognition of women’s experiences of war and conflict and the integration of a gender perspective in peacebuilding processes.
Mission Statement and Objectives
This is done through the following core activities:
- Providing gender-sensitive nonviolence education and training;
- Networking and regional and global capacity building
- Gender mainstreaming the peace movement
WPP’s work includes lobby and advocacy for the implementation of important UN Security Council Resolutions in the field of women, peace and security (WPS); UNSCR 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960. The WPP believes the women, peace and security agenda needs to be debated and analyzed with a critical lens. This involves looking at gender beyond a narrow focus on women in order to understand and address its relational aspects, which necessitates further exploration of the masculinities perspective. It also requires asking critical questions about the link between gender and militarism, and advocating for a security concept from a feminist perspective.
The upcoming years, the WPP focus will also include a focus on the constructive role faith-based peacebuilding can play in countering religious fundamentalism and armed conflict, and the need for a gender perspective in this as well.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green®
In recognition of the power of millions of individual actions, Earth Day 2011 will be organized around A Billion Acts of Green®: Personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably. At over 45 million actions to date, A Billion Acts of Green® campaign – the largest environmental service campaign in the world – is steadily building commitments by individuals, corporations, and governments in honor of Earth Day. A Billion Acts of Green® inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the Earth Summit in Rio in 2012. A Billion Acts of Green® website quantifies acts of green through an easy-to-use online registration tool. A Billion Acts of Green® demonstrates the kind of environmental impact that can be made when millions of people, corporations and organizations make commitments, both small and large, to better their environment.
Elements of the 2011 Earth Day campaign include:
- Athletes for the Earth: Bringing the voices of Olympic and professional athletes to the environmental movement
- The Canopy Project: Supporting global reforestation
- Green Schools: Greening America’s Schools within a Generation
- Women and Green Economy (WAGE)™: Engaging women leaders in the creation and development of a global green economy
- Creating Climate Wealth: Convening 200 of the world’s entrepreneurs to solve climate change and create a new green economy
- Arts for the Earth: Celebrating the work of environmental artists in all media, and partnering with the American Association of Museums to bring sustainability to museums nationwide
Athletes for the Earth™: Bringing the voices of Olympic and professional athletes to the environmental movement, Athletes for the Earth™ has a proven track record in illustrating the interaction of athletes with their environment and connecting popular athletic activities with environmental stewardship. Participating athlete/celebs include Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong, Olympic Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, World Champion Freeskier and founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation Alison Gannett, Boston Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference, Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol, and NFL linebacker Dhani Jones.
The Canopy Project: In 2010, Earth Day Network planted over 1 million trees in 16 countries under the Avatar Home Tree Initiative. In 2011, EDN will continue that effort with another 1 million trees in large-scale, sponsor‐supported tree-planting projects in partnership with non‐profit organizations throughout the world. Locations where reforestation is most urgently needed include Haiti, Brazil, Mexico and urban areas of the US. Help us green our future, one million trees at a time.
Women and the Green Economy (WAGE)™: To accelerate and provide the new thinking and creative power for a global post-carbon economy, Earth Day Network is engaging women business, government and NGO leaders in its “Women and the Green Economy” (WAGE™) campaign. Our goal is to create a policy agenda for Rio+20 and relevant generate national initiatives that will promote the green economy, secure educational and job training opportunities for women and channel green investment to benefit women.