Where & When:
Wednesday, January 5th -- 7:00 PM Meeting Start -- 6:30 PM to order dinner
As we gear up for a new year of facing old and new challenges, inspiration seems in order. Our two guest speakers will be serving just this purpose. First we will hear from our own friend and peacemaker Lori Salda?a, who has just completed her maximum 3 terms in the Assembly. Some will recall that during her first run for State Assembly Lori was chosen as one of the original "Dean's Dozen"grassroots candidates in 2004.
Next, I've invited my friend Dr. Gail Dimitroff to come tell us about some extraordinary women who are waging peace in their local towns and villages throughout the world. Gail will be talking about The Women Peace Makers Program, a project of the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. Each year the program selects and hosts four outstanding women who contribute to the world of peace and justice in a way that is substantively and qualitatively different from the usual, male-oriented approach. These women come from many cultures and are typically involved directly in longstanding conflicts and injustices, serving in the front-lines.
I had the privilege of meeting the women chosen in 2010 and wished I could have have you all with me. Each possessed qualities of strength, insight, bravery, humility, poise, and have been truly in the trenches of either civil or international conflict. They have returned to their respective "front-lines," but Gail will tell us about the Program and some of the 32 Women Peacemakers they have hosted thus far.
The Women Peace Makers Program has achieved international acclaim in seven short years, as various organizations are turning to the recorded accounts by each peacemaker for lessons in how to implement their best practices of peaceful methods to reduce conflict. The Women Peacemakers have been instrumental in bringing about UN resolutions recognizing the importance of including women in the peace negotiation process.
Gail holds a PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior. She has lectured and given seminars on a global level. She is a former Chair of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women.
Best Wishes to All for the Coming New Year. We look forward to seeing you!