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Kyaw Hlaing (Yangon-Myanmar)
Lilianne Fan (Yayasan Geutanjoe)
Chetan Kumar (UNDP Manila)
Joanne Lauterjung Kelly (JLK Consulting Yangon)
Daniel Awigra (ASEAN)
Shadia Marhaban (Mediators Beyond Borders International) [Read more…]
MBBI South East Asia International Training Institute Participants, representatives of APWAPS, AMAN Indonesia, and WinG hosted a conference on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). The conference included the work of the following ITI participants: Ruby Kholifah, Country Representative of AMAN Indonesia, Jurma Tikmasan, Founder Tarbilang Foundation, Mindanao and Andy Yentriyani, Coordinator, APWAPS . Visit the conference website here.
Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) efforts have too often relied on counter-terrorism and security measures. This forum’s statement (below), however, provides clear guidance, for those working on PVE, to use well established, evidence based conflict prevention and transformation tools.
More than a decade ago, women around the world successfully championed the Women, Peace and Security agenda—and the UN listened. Today, women are actively questioning assumptions about what security means. They are challenging existing power structures with new ideas and actions to shape international peace and security policies. How does the increased participation of women in decision-making – a hallmark of Women, Peace and Security – impact security thinking and doing?
Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of the Our Secure Future program at the One Earth Future Foundation. From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, and other international development organizations.
General admission is $10, but MBBI members can attend for $5. If you do not have the discount coupon for MBBI Members, contact info@mediatorsbeyondborders, asking for the coupon code.
This webinar explores salary negotiations, asks whether womens’ negotiation skills should be different than mens’, and identifies whether this is due to the skills of women or the perceptions of their opponents in a negotiation. The webinar was presented by Dr. Judith Stilz Ogden, Assistant Dean, MBA Director, Director of the Center for Business and International Negotiation at Clayton State University, AAUW Facilitator for Salary Negotiation; and Dr. Diane Fulton, Professor of Management, Associate Director of the Center for Business and International Negotiation at Clayton State University on 26 July 2017. Dr. Ogden and Dr. Fulton are members of the Sierra Leone Project (SLP) and proceeds of this purchase will benefit the SLP. The SLP is planning to start an Institute for Leadership and Peace Building to serve as the umbrella organization for the on-going SLP, and to eventually expand to a wider West African community. Initially, the institute would implement a Women’s Leadership Empowerment Program for emerging women political leaders in Sierra Leone to enhance their leadership skills with topics such as identification of root causes of situations, problem solving, action planning, negotiating tools, consensus building, and communication for change. Note: the contents of this webinar do not necessarily reflect the views of MBBI. Register here ($25) to view the webinar.
While focusing on the specific goals is imperative to ensuring implementation, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) advocates for a comprehensive approach to development, that incorporates the interlinkages between the various Sustainable Development Goals. As the international community considers expanding on the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” it is important for all stakeholders to draw attention to two specific aspects of this agenda: first is to recognize the symbiotic relationship between eradicating poverty and the need for conflict resolution capacity building; and second is to recognize the unique role that women can play in boosting attainment of the specific goals.
First, to eradicate poverty sustainably, it is crucial to pay attention to the vital role that conflict resolution mechanisms play in building socially inclusive communities. This is only possible when all groups are heard and represented through socially inclusive forums, whose impact can be enhanced by effective conflict resolution capacity building. In this journey towards actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals, it is essential that both peace and development are invested in side by side. Conflicting interests and inequities of power and resources must be skilfully navigated in any society in order to move towards sustainably prosperous social and economic systems. Thus, building conflict resolution capacity at all levels, from community to global, plays an important role in addressing all points of the agenda (including Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17) in a way which includes multiple voices and points of view. The work by MBBI’s multidisciplinary teams found that jointly designing and implementing projects with local partners increased communities’ abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile relationships, eradicate poverty, and sustainably evolve into a stable, resilient, and economically viable state.
ROSSLYN, VA, May 5, 2017 – Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is pleased to announce that it will host the 4th regional cohort of its Women in Mediation International Peace Training Institute (IPTI) in Bogota, Colombia from 8-12 May 2017. MBBI thanks Rotary International and the American Arbitration Association- International Center for Dispute Resolution for their generous funding to support 31 participants from the Andean region in receiving peacebuilding and mediation training.
This IPTI will develop the capacities of women as mediators and peacebuilders in: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. In the region, unresolved traumas of: rebel insurgencies, drug trade, military regimes, and domestic violence, present recurrent obstructions to the personal and economic wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and governments. In addition to the economic and social ties that exist between the six countries, this IPTI will strengthen existing networks of women peacebuilders in the region and introduce them, and their best practices, to other parts of the world. [Read more…]
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 12, 2017 – The Mediators Beyond Borders International Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to present a groundbreaking lecture and interactive training, “The Intersection of Immigration Law and Community Dialogue.” This one-time event will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 1-4 pm at the LA84 Foundation, 2141 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.
The Intersection of Immigration Law and Community Dialogue includes a short panel presentation to provide information on immigration law/immigration rights today and the immigrant experience. It will be followed by an interactive, facilitated, community dialogue to elicit individual members of the public and other participants’ attitudes toward immigration and to provide tools for understanding varying perspectives on difficult issues in effective public discourse about immigration to the United States.
This event addresses historic issues relating to the current national climate on temporary, permanent and refugee migration to the U.S., and attempts to understand the rapidly changing immigration laws—with a view toward facilitating conversation now, and in the future, around these issues in productive ways. It stands to be a blueprint for future dialogues and presentations on these issues as this is the first event of its kind. [Read more…]