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דף הביתדוח של מזל רנפורד אפריל 2021
 
דוח של מזל רנפורד אפריל 2021
 
דוח של מזל רנפורד אפריל 2021

 

Report of the Adviser for International Relations and Peace – April 2021
It is with pleasure that I am submitting a summary report regarding  my activities during the period of January-April 2021:
1. CSW participation -  In addition to my participation in dozens of side and parallel events held during the CSW 65th Session, including, of course, those organized under the sponsorship of ICW, I am pleased to inform you that I was co-organizer of the Parallel-Event held by Women Wage Peace (WWP)on the topic of “BREAKING PARADIGMS:  LOCAL WOMEN PEACE INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN DECISIONS TO PEACE AND SECURITY”.
WWP stands-up to advance a peace and security agenda that can be inclusive, involving everyone.  Women are needed more than ever, because each woman herself can be a fundamental agent of change. This element of inclusion is necessary for shaping values of peace and tolerance and is a key component in preventing violence and conflict.
The relevant UN Resolution 1325 addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but mainly the pivotal role women should play in conflict management and sustainable peace. In this connection, WWP is a full partner for peace, playing a vital role by mobilizing public opinion, influencing Israel governmental decisions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and by initiating projects and programs for peace-building and peaceful coexistence.  Focusing then  upon the whole concept of peace – what it is, and how we have all to work towards shaping it together, we, WWP activists, do believe that a structured initiative from the grass-roots level will lead to the signing of an honorable and mutually acceptable agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, for the sake of peace, security, prosperity, respect and freedom.
The keynote speaker of this parallel-event was the Hon. Senator Mobina Jaffer from Canada whom I have the honor to know personally as a fervent peace activist with a rich experience from conflict areas in Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and other parts of the world…
I was also delighted to cooperate with the NC of France by being a panelist on the parallel-event organized by them together with UN Women France, and which event included outstanding speakers.
2. ALLMEP – Alliance for Middle- East Peace - I had the opportunity to join the annual Memorial Ceremony of this important organization which shared a powerful video on the challenges and impact of the joint efforts of combatants for peace. It should be mentioned that for the sixteenth year in a row, Israelis and Palestinians are gathering together to remember the fallen and shift the conversation towards hope and reconciliation.  This is an example of what can be achieved when those in the field work together, and when the focus is not only on shared humanity and grief, but also on the hope for a better future that can unite people in conflict.

3. SID-ISRAEL - Society for International Development- Being myself an active Board Member of the Israeli Chapter of this international organization gives me the opportunity to follow  the activities undertaken by its members.  ISRAAID, one of its connected organizations dealing with humanitarian problems in the world, established recently a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in Mozambique after, in January 2021, Cyclone Eloise displaced several thousand people in this country. Over 2,500 families are now trying to build a new home in the affected area of Guara-Guara, but many children do not have access to education nor to a safe place to play. Through this project, children participate in recreational activities whilst receiving psychological support to help minimize their trauma and the long term impact of the emergency. Needless to add that I personally am truly proud to be a supporter of this specific project.

4. International Cooperation  and Women Leadership -  it is with much satisfaction that I am currently reporting also about the  long-term project I had the privilege to initiate in Kenya some years ago on behalf of the Israel’s Agency for International Cooperation (MASHAV), together with UN Women in East and Central Africa. Within this framework, the Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL) was established in partnership with Kenyatta University in Nairobi. The project in question seeks to raise transformative women leaders and build their leadership competencies in politics, business, government and society to drive accelerated and sustainable development in Africa, taking into consideration increasing challenges and complexities, influenced by both local and global developments. As a vibrant and innovative training centre, ACTIL continues to bring much-needed change, creating a positive impact and a multilevel ripple effect which starts with the holistic transformation of the leaders, and then transcends to their families, communities and countries, benefiting societies and humanity at large. Another training centre, based on the same model, was also established in Senegal for the benefit of women from West Africa, and remains currently active, under the responsibility of the local authorities.

5. Global Networking Meetup for Jewish and Israeli International Development Practitioners – In March, I also had the chance to attend this interesting meeting hosted by The Pears Program for Global Innovation. Around 40 of us caught up there with old friends, made new connections and discussed how we can co-collaborate to increase our collective impact in the world of international development.

The above are only few examples of my participation in several events/projects dealing with the topics of international relations and peace in which I was involved during the last four months.
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to again extend my appreciation and thanks to all my partners around the globe and to convey my congratulations to the ICW President, Dr. Kim Jung-Sook, and to the ICW Board for the success of the events held, through their initiative, during the UNCSW 65th Session.
Mazal Renford (Israel)