Forgiveness is a complex matter. Often people ask: Why should I forgive? How can I forgive? What is the relevance of forgiveness in a situation of on-going conflict? What is the relationship between forgiveness and justice? If I forgive, surely I am condoning wrongful actions and allowing them to continue?
Join Mary Noble, Co-Founder and CEO of Feminenza International, for our upcoming webinar “Without Forgiveness, Wounds Cannot Heal: The Role of Forgiveness in Healing Trauma & Reconciling Communities After Conflict, War, or Genocide,” on February 21 at 10:00 AM EST. In this webinar, Mary, joined by Tine Schmidt, Sara Sander, Dana Bjerregaard, & Eileen McGowan – Feminenza International, will discuss the role of forgiveness in the context of her trauma healing work in Kenya fostering empathy and mutual understanding, building trust. In the longer term, helping to build lasting relationships between the participants and their communities.
Mary Noble, Founder and CEO of Feminenza International, is a trained and qualified in social anthropology and archaeology, conflict transformation and peace studies, and a veteran director of academic studies, Mary has worked for decades to promote the development of women, building a progressive partnership between the genders, and the work of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace building, focusing on the long-term development of women as peacemakers. She runs programs on transformative leadership, and international practitioner training courses in Understanding and Managing Fear, Forgiveness and trauma healing.
Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Mary has held workshops and seminars all over the world, including Europe, Kenya, Israel, the West Bank, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In 2010-2011 Mary and her team completed a pilot UNSCR 1325 program funded by UN Women for training grassroots women as Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellors in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Her focus now is on training
new practitioners from around the world.
Trauma Healing: In 2015, Mary ran a 5 day trauma healing workshop in partnership with Global Communities, for 60 Christian and Muslim community leaders from the informal settlements of Nairobi to help build resilience against the radicalization of youth. In 2016 this workshop was conducted for 30 vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Nairobi who had experienced severe GBV and in June 2017 for 25 community Elders from the Nakuru Peace Building Consortium.