Friday, September 19, 2008

Claudette Werleigh at Mission Exposure

I didn't end up getting anyone saying they could come for all of Mission Exposure - there were a number of people saying they might be coming, but no-one saying they actually were coming. So we're not having anyone come and stay with us, but we're still running all the program from Monday to Friday, and are inviting people to just come to the parts they're interested in.
Simon has organised for Claudette Werleigh to come and help him run the nonviolence workshop. This is the blurb he sent me about Claudette Werleigh:

A former prime minister and foreign minister of Haiti will visit Australia in her new role as an ambassador of peace.
Claudette Werleigh was appointed Secretary General of the Catholic peace organisation, Pax Christi International, in November last year. In Australia, Pax Christi is an ecumenical organisation with other Christian churches as members.
Ms Werleigh, who is multi-lingual, describes herself as "a black woman with origin and cultural legacy from America and Africa".
Her credentials are impressive. Until her latest appointment, Ms Werleigh was Director of the Conflict Transformation Program at the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden for eight years.
She led field activities aimed at strengthening peace-building in war-torn societies in the Horn of Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville.
She believes that since the attack on September 11 in the United States security has become the most important topic on the geopolitical agenda of world leaders.
"These attacks have furnished occasion and, at times, pretext for operating deep cuts in the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and placing restrictions on already agreed-upon individual citizens' rights," Ms Werleigh says.
Ms Werleigh lists gender equality and women's empowerment among her areas of interest.
She believes that women are crucial to ensure sustainable peace.
"Women are the backbone of society," she says. "They possess enormous strengths to give to the peace process, far beyond traditional family care."
Let me know if you're interested in coming to Simon and Claudette's session on nonviolence (it's Thursday afternoon) or if you'd like a copy of the program for the week.
Phone: (03) 9650 3023

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