Citizens for Peace invite you to participate in a workshop at Mumbai on 26 to 28th, 2009
Citizens for Peace invite you to participate in a 3-day residential workshop on the theme of peace and living with differences from June 26 to 28th, 2009. Why this workshop is unique: We all want peace. Yet many of our most sincere efforts in this direction have failed to provide concrete, sustainable results. We have seen how easily people are manipulated to become violent against 'the other'…and how the space for thoughtful, constructive dialogue and creative ideas to resolve issues are being diminished.
Some of the key challenges that face us today are how we can work towards a society that values non violence as a fundamental condition for change; where there is a commitment to explore different ways of working together to find innovative resolutions to contentious issues; where there is a paradigm shift in our responses to these complex times.
This workshop will provide some answers. It will use methodologies and tools drawn from a rich pool of international thinkers, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, scholars, organizational development professionals etc. which have been synthesized into a programme that has shown to bring measurable results on a variety of issues. These methodologies generate the understanding that awareness and transformation of self is a critical process that must be undertaken before addressing others or trying to change systems.
The workshop will not provide prescriptive solutions – rather, it will challenge each of us to delve deep into our being and generate new, breakthrough ideas and an ability to envision a new future, acquire the skills to attain it and commit ourselves to working towards it. Participants at the workshop would be individuals or representatives of organizations committed to working in the area of peace, conflict resolution, social justice and equality. The workshop would also be valuable to educators, teachers, students, activists working in slums, women's groups, neighborhood groups and individuals who believe that we all have a role in creating a society free of divisiveness. Participants would probably have more questions than answers; and would not be afraid to be challenged and to think out of the box
Our facilitator – Dr. Monica Sharma: The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Monica Sharma. Dr. Sharma is the Director, Leadership and Capacity Development, at the United Nations, OHRLLS. She is responsible for whole systems transformation and leadership development worldwide, with a focus on least developed countries. She is pioneering generative and integral approaches leading to transformation on a global scale. She served in UNICEF in several global, regional and country positions. From 2000-2005 she served as Director of HIV/AIDS for UNDP, generating over 720 breakthrough initiatives with measurable results in 40 countries, reaching 4.5 million people directly, and influencing another 130 million. Her work resulted in gender issues and stigma being addressed as key underlying factors fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS in every country. Funds allocated for treatment became available where they had been blocked by governments in various countries. Testing became a norm and people living with HIV/AIDS were included in programmes and jobs worldwide. In 2005 she and her team were honoured by UNDP for the best practice area.
WORKSHOP DETAILS Dates: 26 to 28th June 2009
Location: Sarvodaya, St. Pius College Compound, Aarey Road, Goregaon East, Mumbai. The residential workshop (2 nights and 3 days) is within a quiet, green campus. Participants will be provided rooms with attached bath on a twin sharing basis. All meals will be provided.
Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in this workshop latest by 20th April 2009. Citizens for Peace Citizens for Peace (CfP), a volunteer group based in Mumbai, is a non- political organization that was formed in response to the violence that ravaged Mumbai in 1992-93. We came together to reaffirm Mumbai's cosmopolitan ethos and liberal, enlightened tradition. We believe that while there will always be differences between people – of belief, culture, values and religion – the way to settle these differences is through open dialogue and respect for the rule of law.
In different ways over the years, we have worked to spread the message of peace and unity in diversity.
Our Advisory Board consists of – Ms Anu Aga, Mr. Shyam Benegal, Mr. B.G Deshmukh, Mr. Cyrus Guzder, Dr. Sudhir Kakar, Mr. Julio Rebeiro and Mr. Yogendra Yadav.
Our Trustees are – Mr. Titoo Ahluwalia, Mr. Tariq Ansari, Ms Rajni Bakshi, Ms Deveika Bhojwani, Mr. Dilip D'souza, Ms Rina Kamath, Ms Dolly Thakore and Ms. Pervin Varma. Our Programme Coordinator is Ms Michelle Chawla and our Executive Director is Ms Gulan Kripalani.
With many thanks and warm regards, (Ms) Gulan Kripalani Executive Director, Citizens for Peace
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