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Organization: International Council of Jewish Women
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

A very recent progress coming from communication of the knowledge of the obstacles to overcome for a better life together and on the issue of women's responsability in all affairs.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The major obstacles for the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence are hatred and intolerance.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

On the occasion of the International Year of a Culture of Peace (2000), ICJW and its affiliates marked the year with a series of round-tables, lectures and debates. The topics of peace was viewed by videos, clips, discussions on films devoted to peace as compared with war topics.
Considering that a culture of peace cannot be achieved without an instrument of education teaching tolerance, fight against discrimination and racism, and teach to recognise the other, ICJW continued its work started a few decades ago - through its interfaith /intercultural committee, by organizing relevant seminars in Brussels, in Eastern Europe, in Paris, Amsterdam, Switzerland focusing on the togetherness of different religions and cultures. The same apllies to our affiliates in South Africa, Argentina and Australia.
ACTIONS ACCOMPLISHED BY OUR ORGANIZATION WITH REGARD TO PROMOTING A CULTURE OF PEACE
* ICJW Second Interfaith Conference in Sarajevo, post conflict area, September 2000, by our Interfaith and Intercultural Committee.
Objectives : interreligious dialogue in a multi-ethnic society
Beneficiaries :Christian, (Catholic and Orthodox), Muslim and Jewish women
Location of activities : Bosnia- Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Results : Respect and mutual knowledge, tolerance, education to other religions , cultures and arts,  bridges between the religious groups, a greater undestanding of different faiths.
* Home instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters (HIPPY)permanent programme.
Objectives : integration of poor populations and immigrants  empowering parents to become their child’s primary educator.
Beneficiaries :  parents in different countries all over the world, of different cultures.
Location of activities : home based structured programmes, partnership with town and local institutions.
Results : integrating whole families, personal promotion for parents, better results in schools for children from 3 to 6, training parents to be home co-ordinators for other parents.
* Melbourne, Australia , four weeks programme, 2001 :
Objectives : cultivating peace among peoples at all levels, through music, home, and community.
Beneficiaries : family in crisis, children and adolescents
Results : information on a network of supports system for women and children, victim of domestic abuse, cooperation between different organizations promoting the ideals of "the Culture of Peace" .
* Activity groups of Muslim and Jewish women in conjunction with the Foundation for Islam and Dialogue, in Netherland.
Beneficiaires: women of different faiths.
Location of activities : Amsterdam and the Hague.
Results : Knowledge of their differences and of what they have in common.
* ICJW 12 th Europan Regional Conference, November 2003.
"Women’s vision of Peace".
Objectives : Dialogue and Peace, Education for Peace, Peace and medias, Peace practices.
Beneficiaries : Women participants  from all over the world.
Results : mutual understanding and tolerance between women of different faith.
Wish for representation of women in the Peace debates in governments.
Promotion of education of children for tolerance, dialogue and Human rights.
Enhancing women’s participation and active role in projects and programmes for Peace.
* Middle East Children Association,(M.E.C.A.) a joint Israeli-Palestinian initiative, Geneva, 2004. Commission of Human Rights and ICJW.
Objectives : Education for the sake of Peace, for cooperation, equality and partnership in building a better to-morrow,  
Beneficiaries : Israeli and Palestinian children  and their teachers. Binational programmes.
Results : education for children rights, non-violence, two narrations of history, face to face dialogue and mutual communication.
* Family Law and Religious law in the Abrahamic Faiths. Bellagio, Italy, April 2004.
Objectives : better understanding of the traditions of the Abrahamic faiths of the institution of marriage, encouraging solutions for protection of marriage and family, deepening of the interfaith dialogue on religious and family law, identifying experts for collaborative research and dialogue.
Beneficiaries : family members.
Results expected : social stability and world peace, equity and equal dignity for all family members.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Over the next five years, culture of peace should in our opinion be approached with more communication and information on its objectives, with the partnership of all medias and arts, particularly music which spreads so easily among the young people of different cultures.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We work mostly with partners of  other cultures and Faiths, Muslims and Christians institutions, for our goals.
Now more men partners are taking part in our actions, it is most important to associate both genders for progress. There is also cooperation between different NGOs with the same goals.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Family law and Religious law in the Abrahamic Faiths, agreed to at Bellagio, Italy, in April 2004.

Postal address of organization

26 de Marzo 3665/1001
Montevideo,
Uruguay

E-mail address of organization

icjw@montevideo.com.uy

Website address of organization

www.icjw.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Priority domains for fostering a culture of peace are education of children, for advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity. empowerment of women by ensuring equality between women and men.

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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