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برنامج الأكاديمية 2015

Syrian International Academy hosts a workshop organized by the Canadian Embassy in Damascus

IN Damascus, last Thursday, a workshop on "Women's Role in the Civilization & Religion Dialog," organized by the Canadian Embassy in Damascus and the Syrian-Canadian Association for Public Relations and women for peace in the Middle East, at the location of the Syrian International Academy for Training and Development.

The workshop discussed the dialog between civilizations and the underlined similarity betwixt religious belief and common values; as well as women's values and their role in defying discrimination in the world. These include some note derived from personal experiences concerning discrimination and emotional interaction of women's role in building sympathy-bridges with the other, as well as exchanging experience in the process of bridging. Participants discussed the concept of religious dialog and provided with examples on dialog and cohabitation in South Africa; having Nigeria as a pattern. Discussion and examples are open for all participants' points of view on dialog, cohabitation and the way in which we contribute to dialog and build a plan to understand the other.

During the opening of the workshop, Reverend Sheikh Alaa' Al-Din Za'tari, representative of the Syrian Arab Republic, Fatwa Secretary at the religious Fatwa House, has assured its importance alluding to Syria as the cradle of celestial messages. He also assured the importance of cohabitation between religions and women's role in spreading peace in societies, family building and work.
 


Then, Reverend Edward Awabdeh, insisted on the historical role of women in the dialog of religions and culture alluding to the leading role those women played in enhancing peace and dialog-idea. Reverend Awabdeh drew attention to what the new American President, Mr. Barak Obama, has assured in his Inauguration Celebration, that religions are not one in thought, however, dialog unifies them and depends on respecting and accepting the other.


 

The opening of the workshop included a show for the speech of Reverend Mark Guin, Manager of World Religions and Diplomacy at George Mason's American University, in which he assured women's role in spreading peace, showing his sorrow for the Israeli slaughters in Gaza declaring his solidarity with Gaza Strip residents.

 

Ms. Hind Kabawat, Head of the Syrian-Canadian Women Association & External Affaires Officer in the Syrian Public Relation Association, assured that peace will not take place unless religions achieve tolerance and love. She also insisted on women's role alluding to women's non-marginal role drawing attention that women started to ring the alarm bell consciously and practicing self-criticism within a humane dialog. She added, at the end of the workshop, that women are not only the mother. Rather, women became mothers, tutors, and teachers having a great role in life as participants in the development process in all areas having their existence an important main detailed element. Kabawat also assured the Syrian Arab Republic' role as a special place with a civilized and religious variety.

 

Then, Dr. Nezar Mihoub, Chairman of the Syrian Public Relations Association, alluded to the workshop's importance drawing attention to the Association's logo "Enhancing the Culture of Dialog and Accepting the Other," insisting on the necessity of dialog between religions. He states: "We may differ, however, we must accept each other." The workshop lasted for tow days followed by a visit to religious places in the Old City of Damascus.


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