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Women against Terror © Xenia Hausner

Anita Pratap1 © Anita Pratap

Anita Pratap

Women against Terror

Matinee for a culture of peace in a climate of fear

22. April 2007 11:00
the Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna

Tickets: € 8/ €14, Theater in der Josefstadt.

Whether between countries, between peoples or within the four walls of our homes, there is no place for terror in the age of knowledge and global communication.
Women operating at the heart of society are ideal agents of positive change. We must do our share.

Women without Borders is starting a dialogue, listening to the voices of women who were targets, victims, witnesses, peace activists, courageous women who believe in their message. We invite you to listen with an open mind and let their stories inspire you.

Opening Address
Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria

Welcoming Introduction
Dr. Edit Schlaffer, the Director of Women without Borders

Moderator
Lorenzo Cremonesi, respected journalist for the Corriere Della Sera daily newspaper in Milan, Italy, he has lived and worked in the Middle East for 19 years and is a seasoned war correspondent covering crisis from Iraq to Afghanistan. He experienced the difficulties of the region personally when he was seized in Gaza in by masked gunmen in September 2005.

International Guests

Anita Pratap, award-winning journalist, writer, film-maker and the first female CNN Anchor in South Asia, now living in Saudi Arabia. Author of bestselling book Island of Blood, she observes the common elements of terrorism in 30 years of reporting covering the elusive leader and suicide bombers of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, Warlords and the Taliban in Afghanistan, gun-toting tribal militias in Pakistan, insurgents in Kashmir, rioters and rebels across India.

Phyllis Rodriguez, raised in a family committed to social justice and peace, a teacher, artist and activist from New Jersey whose son died in the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre. Under the credo “Not in my son’s name” she spoke out against the politics of revenge. Together with her husband, Orlando, a sociologist, her mission now is to promote dialogue and reconciliation through organisations such as the Forgiveness Project.

Aicha el-Wafi, mother of Zacarias Moussaoui the so called ‘20th hijacker’ who was sentenced to lifelong prison for his accused role in the 9/11 terror attacks. Facing the international spotlight and criticism as a mother, she published My Lost Son, her story of coming to terms with her own loss. Living and working in France, she approached Phyllis Rodriguez through Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation during the legal processes against Zacarias Moussaoui.

Aicha and Phyllis became friends. They say that their friendship overcomes the borders of pain and distrust and should be a model for others in peace-building.

Hiba Othman, activist for social development and peace, university professor for Mathematics in Beirut, Lebanon and UN representative for the World Safety Organisation (WSO), she has travelled widely promoting the role of women in building safe, democratic societies. The daughter of a formidable General, her family were the target of personal attacks, nevertheless she is a remarkable proponent of mutual understanding.

Zeinab al-Saffar, presenter of the English language weekly political news program In their Eyes , based in Beirut and profiling international perspectives on the month long war with Israel in 2006. An English professor and anchor for Al-Manar TV, the media arm of Hezbollah, she is an unexpected face of Lebanese resistance and a dedicated supporter of the Palestinian cause.

The homes and offices of both Hiba and Zeinab were destroyed by bombs in the July War of 2006.

Rania al-Baz, a well-known former presenter on Saudi Arabian TV. Risking controversy and dishonour, she publicly broadcast pictures of her battered face after she was beaten by her husband. Breaking the taboo on domestic violence, her actions led to official recognition of this important issue. With her book Disfigured she became a campaigner for peace in the home

A press conference will take place on Friday, 20th at 10 am in the Sträußelsaal of the theatre.

Tickets are available in the Theater in der Josefstadt: Josefstädterstrasse 42, 1080 Vienna, www.josefstadt.org, 01 42700-300.

We cordially thank:
Theater in der Josefstadt
Echonet
Hotel Pension Domizil
Gasthof Zimmermann
Trimedia Communications
Erlas
Cordial Theaterhotel


The conference is sponsered by the Austrian Ministry for Social Affairs, Generations and Consumer Protection - BMSG.

 
 

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