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Wij, de Godsdiensten voor de Vrede Europese Women of Faith netwerk verbinden ons in een geest van vriendschap samen te werken om spirituele waarden te bevorderen, sociale rechtvaardigheid en vrede voor een solidair Europa.

Posted 20th November 2012

The project originated with European and African women during the annual meeting of the European Women of Faith Network in May 2011, where they decided to focus on water, bridging simultaneously a number of Millennium Development Goals. In September 2011, the Belgian Council of Religious Leaders (BCRL) supported by the Belgian Women of Faith Network (BWFN) adopted the topic of Water in the framework of  The World Interfaith Harmony Week, and it was proposed to young people from 5-18 years old in all state schools in Belgium. Their messages, expressed in different art forms, were presented in the Belgian Federal Parliament on the 21 of September (in the context of World Peace Day). The Water Campaign was launched at the European Commission in the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the 20th  of November 2012 in the presence of the Director of UNICEF-Europe, leading religious and scientific authorities, RfP/Europe in partnership with the Global network of Religions for Children supported by schoolchildren, different bodies within RfP-Europe    as well as faith-based youth NGOs.

Posted 8th May 2012

The Restoring Dignity campaign to End Violence Against Women was launched on the European level in Brussels, at the City Hall, on 17 November 2012. The launch was organized by the Belgian Women of Faith Network in partnership with RfP European Women of Faith Network, supported by the Vice Prime Minister and the Instituut of Equal Opportunities. The Belgian Women of Faith Network translated the ‘Dignity of Women-Scriptural Reflections Exhibition’ into French and Dutch. The exhibition was well receives by all the participants present. The keynote speakers at the launch were the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Joelle Milquet, the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Walter Lesch Professor at the Universite Catholique de Louvain.

Posted 14th January 2012

Ravinder Kaur Nijjar took part in the Executive Committee meeting for RfP-Europe.  Reports were given from Yolande Iliano, the President of RfP Europe, Lama Azab, core Group member of the European Interfaith Youth Network and Ravinder Kaur Nijjar Co-Chair of RfP European Women of Faith Network. Discussions took place as to how the different components of Religions for Peace in Europe could work together in a constructive and effective manner.

Stein Villumstad the Secretary General of the European council of Religious leaders stated that The 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace will be convened in Doha, Qatar November 2012, with the theme: “Welcoming the Other: Action for Human Dignity, Citizenship and the Common Good”.  The European Council of Religious leaders annual meeting will take place in Sarajevo in May 2012 with the theme “Living Together in Diversity: Citizens of Europe – witness of faith. A Pre-World Assembly Planning meeting will take place after the Religious Leaders to which members of the RfP Europe, Youth and women will be invited to discuss the contribution of Europe to the World Assembly.

The meeting concluded with the strategic plan and campaigns for the next two years being put forward i.e. Water campaign and Restoring Dignity Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls.

Posted 5th May 2011

The Belgian Women of Faith Network was launched at the Belgian Federal Parliament on 5th May 2011. This event took place under the Patronage of her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Speakers included the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Mme Joelle Milquet, Dr. Guy Liagre, the president of the Belgian Council of Religious Leaders.

This official recognition on the national level from the King’s Palace, political and the religious authorities is a first in Europe. The Belgian women were supported by women of faith from fifteen countries across Europe and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.

The launch took place within the framework of the annual meeting of the Religions for Peace European Women of Faith Network which took place from 5 to 7 May 2011 in Brussels. The Belgian Women of Faith Network aims to empower women to be catalysts of change, offering a new energy, based on a plan of action and universal values. Its members will encourage churches and communities of conviction to declare themselves strongly against all forms of violence. Their vision is the recognition that men and women have equal opportunity and capacities to strengthen the security, development and flourishing of all.

 During the inauguration at the Belgian Parliament, an initial thematic approach developed the contribution of women in society from different perspectives: psychology (Sihan Benchekroun), religion, (Laurence Flachon), sociology Nadia Fadil), law (Sophie Minette), politics (Mia De Schamphelaere), and mediation (Hadji Mariam Sow).

Posted 8th February 2011

On September 23rd 2010, HM King Abdullah II of Jordan introduced a World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Plenary Session of the 65th UN General Assembly in New York. The resolution was adopted by the UN on October 20, 2010, and the first week of February, every year, was declared a UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Members of the European Women of Faith Network took part in events to celebrate the first World Interfaith Harmony Week. In Belgium Nadine Iarchy was invited to a special Inter Faith Breakfast at the invitation of De Bishop van Antwerp. The Prime Minister of Belgium, representative of the Pope and representative of the King of Jordan were present as well representatives of different faiths. The event culminated with the planting of an olive tree as a symbol of hope and peace in the future.

Posted 19th November 2010

Religions for Peace European Women of Faith in Belgium and the Belgian Women of Faith Network took part in making a Human Ring around the European Parliament to highlight poverty faced by women. Women represent the majority of the world's poor. In Europe, a third of single-parent families are living in poverty and 80% of them are headed by women. In Belgium alone 30.9% of older single women earn less than €878 per month.

The Human Ring Initiative asks for more solidarity and equality in Europe and for measures to fight against poverty and social exclusion. It is a citizens' initiative launched by the European Social NGOs Coalition for the fight against poverty in the context of the 2010 European Year against poverty. The event was coordinated by the European Women's Lobby in collaboration with its member’s organisations in Belgium, including the Conseil des Femmes Francophones de Belgique and the Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad.

On 6 December 2010 Nadine Iarchy a member of the EWCC and Aïcha Haddou co-chair of BWFN were invited to take the floor during the Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish leaders. The first meeting of the Coordinating Committee of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders was initiated by the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), the World Council for Muslim Inter-Faith Relations (WCMIR), and the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

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