ACTIVISM, PROJECTS AND CAUSES

PROJECTS

Midwives for Peace is a grassroots group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives working together to ensure that childbirth is a joyous and safe experience for women despite the armed conflict that surrounds them. Midwives for Peace saves lives by providing critical pre-natal care and childbirth support to women.

Together, Israeli and Palestinian midwives attend workshops and training sessions and share their best practices. By coming together, Midwives for Peace fulfills urgent humanitarian needs, promotes reproductive rights and builds peace.

Weaving threads of meaning into narratives of possibility, hope, and renewal. A mosaic of women sharing their vision of peace.

The ‘Her recipe for Peace’ blog is a visual journey into the lives of ordinary women from diverse backgrounds who remain committed to peace-building despite being impacted by the Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict. The only prerequisite for being considered a ‘peace-builder’ is a belief in the concept of co-existence and a willingness to work towards it.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than any other seems to create ‘sides’, even from persons who are neither Jewish, Israeli, Muslim or Palestinian. It is not uncommon to hear heated debate and emotional testimonies in the defense of one ‘side’ of this conflict from people not directly involved. The aim of this project is to offer a new paradigm free from choosing sides which only further serves to divide whether by a war of words or war of arms. By presenting Israeli and Palestinian women working collaboratively it is hoped this will encourage others to think in terms of the best interests of both people’s rather than one nation at the expense of the other. Furthermore, while right and wrong is above dispute, it is acknowledged that this conflict is nuanced, complex and mired in a pattern of actions and reactions that make taking a stance near to impossible. It is not the intent of this project to offer even remote policies or political solutions to ending the conflict, but rather to offer hope and a better understanding of the personal viewpoints of those involved.

My name is Genevieve Slonim and I am the writer for the blog. Until it is filled with interviews of other women I will draw on my personal experiences. I look forward to an ongoing dialogue about peace with you.

Project Supporter

The purpose of the Wild Born project is to explore the socio-cultural, ecological and economical aspects which embroider the traditions and practices of natural childbirth amongst tribal women. Wild born project celebrates the incredible resilience of tribal women while documenting their experience of pregnancy and childbirth in extreme environments. Besides exploring the traditional heritage, the project aims to also document their change and symbiosis with global changes. The outcomes of this project should therefore not only provide complex anthropological knowledge supporting the heritage of the indigenous people, but also an understanding of their inherent cultural change and which of its influences enrich or threaten their collective identity. Only then can we truly help with their survival by respecting their inevitable cultural transformation. ( The Wild Born Project and Photographs and videos by Alegra Ally)

CAUSES

Volunteer-Supporter

The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.

COHI aligns itself with local, community based organizations led and powered by women. We respond to the requests of these leaders, who are best suited to know and advise on the needs of the women and children that they serve. COHI aims to support these local partners through our provision of professional volunteers, capacity training, the procurement of requested and appropriate supplies and equipment, and by raising funds for the organizations to provide the services that women and children require.