Oran. - Creating a Culture of Peace is the responsibility of each individual. Social changes will become vital, as we pass on human values to our children through education. This is one of the main conclusions of the second day of the International Feminine Congress for a Culture of Peace, "Women's Turn to Speak", organized by "AISA International NGO" and the Djanatu al-Arif Foundation, which is being held in Oran, Algeria. Insofar as education is still mainly the responsibility of women, it is thanks to them that future generations can expect to be free and responsible.
The symposium also highlighted that if individuals play a key role, change must also come from the different societies in which we live. Values usually associated with women, such as cooperation, conciliation and empathy, must be held high and valued by our educational systems and the media.
"Human values are the basis of a peaceful society and a world that manages conflict without being constantly in power struggles. These values allow us acces to what is essential. A society sick with consumerism all too often spawns a dehumanized world. Failing to act will surely lead humanity to destruction. We are at a crossroads, we have choices to make, and we must make them together. It is the responsibility of all of us to contribute to creating a Culture of Peace", said Cheikh Khaled Bentounes, spiritual leader of the Alawiyya Sufi Path.
One of the challenges of this conference which brings together 3,000 people and 54 experts from around the world was to investigate the extent to which tradition is opposed to modernity and could be an obstacle to social change. In fact there is no contradiction. True human values have always been an integral part of societies, and often find expression in traditional wisdom. Values are the foundation of our inner life. They are generally transmitted by women, from one generation to the next. The real debate is therefore not the opposition between tradition and modernity but rather that unification that allows everyone to give the best of themselves in today's world.
Traditions strengthen modernity. And modernity helps to improve traditions as well--this was the conclusion reached by the delegates. At the beginning of Islam, women were very involved in the development of the values of spirituality. There is nothing in the authentic tradition which calls for the restriction of the role and potential of women. Getting back to basics is a way to be anchored in modernity, in the role that Muslim women must reclaim.
After discussing the topic of "Veiling and Unveiling", which is also the subject of a major exhibition inaugurated at the opening, the International Women's Congress will conclude tomorrow October 30, 2014 with the question of the construction of a lasting peace and the concrete means to achieve the Culture of Peace which will promote the "Better Living Together".
Organized by "AISA International NGO" and the Djanatu al-Arif Foundation, this conference aims to initiate reflection about the importance of women and the feminine in the Muslim tradition in order to trigger a profound change in our societies where men and women shall be equal and responsible. The Conference will try to highlight the critical function of the female in the establishment of a culture of peace that will promote that "better living together" which is essential to humankind.
Present in several countries of the world, "AISA International NGO" is a spiritual organization with "Special Consultative Status" with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC). AISA contributes, by posing spiritual and ethical questions, to the promotion and consolidation of living together between civilizations and religions. It seeks to facilitate understanding of the principles of gender equality, non-discrimination, social and cultural progress of humanity, promoting a culture of peace, and the fight against poverty. It promotes cultural cooperation, brotherhood and mutual understanding of religions and human spirituality. It wants to be an obstacle to fundamentalism and religious wars, in order to help create a more just and more united world, in the service of humanity.
Source: AISA International NGOs => www.aisa-ong.org