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International Day against Violence against Women

How Ring for Peace is involved

Today, November 25th, the world commemorates discrimination and violence against women and girls. The Lindauer Stiftung Friedensdialog der Weltreligionen und Zivilgesellschaft, Ring for Peace, is permanently launching very concrete projects to remedy this situation:

Millions of women survive sexual violence every year. In many places, the political and legal infrastructure to identify and hold perpetrators accountable does not exist – but a simple DNA kit can change this.

With a smear test, survivors of sexual assault can secure and store DNA that can be used to convict the perpetrator, even when local medical or law enforcement personnel are unwilling or unable to help. The declared goal of a worldwide campaign by the Religions for Peace movement is to prevent sexual violence by providing a means to hold criminals to account.

If you are interested in a report on the DNA kit, we are happy to offer you the opportunity to talk to the following contact persons:

  • Lisa Smith, Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester has developed the DNA test.
  • Barbara Fölscher, author and communication expert in the Cape Community and official representative of Ring for Peace is working to make the DNA test known in South Africa.
  • Wangu Kanja, founder of the NGO “Wangu Kanja Foundation” is active as a contact point for victims of sexual violence in Kenya and uses the DNA test in her work.

You can find more information on the project page of the DNA-Kit.

„We owe victims of sexual violence access to justice. The DNA Kit provides that pathway.”

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer, Chairman of the Foundation for Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society

1. Assembly on Women, Faith & Diplomacy

Religions for Peace and Ring for Peace have been hosting a virtual assembly in November 2020 featuring experts working on this project, and other projects to prevent and heal from sexual violence. You find the whole program with all public talks and plenaries here: https://wfd2020.ringforpeace.org/

  • Hon. Ela Gandhi, anti-Apartheid activist and former Member of South African Parliament, is an active advocate of this DNA kit.
  • Dr. Lilian Sison has led interfaith mental health and trauma healing in post-conflict Philippines as part of Religions for Peace’s “Restoring Dignity” campaign.
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Interview with former Afghan Minister of Women's Affairs Sima Samar

In addition, Ring for Peace‘s digital magazine “Transforming Tomorrow” today publishes an interview with Sima Samar, the first minister for women’s affairs after the Taliban’s loss of power in Afghanistan in 2002, online with the title: “I believe that women are one of the main reasons for the survival of mankind“. In it she describes how the situation for many women in Afghanistan has changed fundamentally during her term of office.

If you are interested in viewing the wider-details of Ring for Peace’s efforts to prevent violence against women, please reach out to: presse@ringforpeace.org

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Ring for Peace Foundation Councilor Gunnar Stålsett receives Federal Cross of Merit from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Gunnar Stålsett, former Evangelical Lutheran Bishop of Oslo, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday. Stålsett is Honorary President of Religions for Peace and a member of the board of trustees of the Lindau Foundation Peace Dialogue of World Religions and Civil Society. Congratulations.

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Book documentation: Meaning and purpose of interreligious conferences

Muslims, Buddhists and Jews hand in hand on a stage, Christians, Sikhs and Taoists praying together in front of a ring made of wood as a symbol of peace, and indigenous people, Baha’i and Hindus dining together next to a large table with food that meets all religious needs. These images went around the world in 2019: Religions meet in Lindau to talk about peace. At the end of the conference, journalists were happy to ask the question, “And now what?”

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Four religions gather to pray together in front of the Ring for Peace

The Lindau association “Friedensräume” invited on Thursday to a common prayer of the religions at the Ring for Peace in the Lindau Luitpoldpark. We were present at the ceremony, which makes us look forward to our ceremony on October 5.

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Margot Käßmann Wishes for Stronger Commitment Against Nuclear Weapons from Younger People

The former EKD Council President was a guest speaker at the anniversary celebration of 20 years of peace rooms. In her speech, she criticized the arms deals of nations like Germany and called on religions to do more to shake things up.

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An interview with Rachel Rosenbluth concerning International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. To mark the occasion, we publish this interview with Rachel Rosenbluth, one of the first Jewish women to be ordained as a rabbi. Rosenbluth was a speaker at the 1st Assembly on Women, Faith & Diplomacy in November 2020. Read, what she asks of men in the name of all women of faith.

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International Day against Violence against Women – How Ring for Peace is involved

Today, November 25th, the world commemorates discrimination and violence against women and girls. The Lindauer Stiftung Friedensdialog der Weltreligionen und Zivilgesellschaft, Ring for Peace, is permanently launching very concrete projects to remedy this situation. Learn more about the ongoing efforts of our foundation.

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Cooperation with UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Religions for Peace announced a commitment to form a Multi-Religious Council of Leaders to strengthen efforts to address the root causes of conflict and displacement and to support peacebuilding, inclusion and reconciliation efforts.