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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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Day 2: Plenary II: Advancing Gender Equality - Women, Faith & Diplomacy 2020

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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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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Interview with Gunnar Stålsett

The ecumenical unity of the churches depends in particular on the question of the extent to which women and men are equal, explains former Bishop Gunnar Stålsett. Stålsett believes that for women in the Orthodox Church to have more rights, a religious leader is needed who is willing to risk his own future for the future of the Church.

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Interview with Azza Karam

Learn why Prof. Azza Karam thinks that it is inevitable for the UN to work with religious leaders and movements.

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Interview with Margrit Wettstein

“All the women here have done something about it, something that has made a difference”, says Margritt Wettstein in an interview with Ring for Peace magazine.

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Interview with Margot Käßmann

“Real encounters are often a mutual encouragement”, says Margot Käßmann in our interview with Ring for Peace magazine.

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Magazine Issue 1: Interview with Annette Schavan

“Strengthen the commitment of women at all levels”, says Annette Schavan in our first Interview of Ring for Peace Magazine.

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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.

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The Foundation

The Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society was founded in 2018 in Lindau, Germany by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang and Monika Schürer. The Foundationʼs aim is to foster the peaceful coexistence between people and religions within Germany and Europe, to strengthen international understanding and cooperation, and to promote the dialogue between the generations and nations.

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Ring for Peace – The Sculpture

The Berlin wood sculptor Gisbert Baarmann designed the 7.5-meter high wooden ring in the form of a Moebius strip. It is made of larch wood and the 36 kinds of wood used come from all over the world and from certified cultivation.
The sculpture was erected in August 2019 in the Lindau Luitpoldpark directly on the shore of Lake Constance. The ring is now permanently located there and will be available for future multi-religious ceremonies and meetings in Lindau. The Ring is a gift of the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society to the city of Lindau.