Women’s Federation for World Peace – Europe

Global Women’s Peace Network   

 Role of Women Leaders and Mothers to Facilitate Integration and Cohesion in Europe


2- 5 November 2017

Venue: TRYP Lisboa Caparica Mar Hotel, Avenida General Humberto Delgado nº 47, 2829-506

Costa da Caparica Almada, Lisbon – Portugal

 Thursday & Friday: Public Events (Arrivals all Day)

Thursday, November 2nd

 9:30 – 12:30: National Assembly of Portugal  

Session I  “The Role of Women Leaders and Mothers to Facilitate Integration and Cohesion in Europe.” 

Chair: Dr. Marta Carvalho, President, WFWP, Portugal

Hon. Susana Amador, Member of Parliament, Portugal

Hon. Angela Guerra, Member of Parliament Portugal

Hon. María del Carmen Quintanilla Barba, Member of Parliament, Spain

Hon. Teresa Caeiro, Member of Parliament, Portugal

Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, President, Women’s Federation for World Peace- Europe

 Session II

“Protecting the Most Vulnerable: How Can We Keep our Families Safe and our Multicultural Communities Thriving?”

Chair: Mrs. Marcia de Abreu, President, WFWP Spain

Dr. Michael Balcomb, President, Family Federation for World Peace & Unification

Hon. Paulo Pisco, Member of Parliament, Portugal

Hon. Melanie Beutler-Hohenberger, State Legislator, Bern, Switzerland

Hon. Elza Paiz, Member of Parliament, Portugal

Hon. Dr. Rosa Monteiro, Secretaty of State for Gender Equality, Portugal

Ambassador for Peace Certificates

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

15:00- 18:30 Cultural Center Cascais, Cascais Town Hall,

Session I: “Women’s Contribution to preventing Violence and Promoting Integration”

Chair: Ms. Brigitte Wada, President, WFWP France

Hon. Bernadino Sores, Mayor of Cascais

Mrs. Marcia DeAbreu, President, WFWP Spain

Session II

“Role of Family in Raising Global Citizens for a Future Peace Culture”

Chair: Mrs. Kyung in Van der ven

Hon. Joao Goncalves Pereira, City Councillor, Lisbon city

Dr. Luisa Sousa, Pedagogue, Portugal

Mrs. Marilyn Angelucchi, President, WFWP, Afghanistan

Mrs. Birgit Kelle, Journalist and Author, Germany

Ambassador for Peace Certificates,


 19:00-  21:00 Registration

Friday, November 3rd

7:00 – 8:00 Registration continued

7:30 -8:30 Breakfast

 9:30- 12:00 Public Symposium at Lusofona University

Session I:

Sustainable Development Goals and the International Crisis of Refugees and Migrants. Where do Universal Rights begin?

Chair: Dr. Mario Maximo, Economist, Writer

Remarks: Prof. Doutor Mário Moutinnho, Magnificent Rector of the University Lusófona

Prof. Doutor Esmeraldo de Azevedo, General Coordinator / Cooperation Group with the Executive Secretariat of the CPLP

Mrs. Kyungin van de Ven Oliveira, Legal Guardian & Child Advocate for Unaccompanied Minors, Netherlands WFWP

Ms. Je-ok Presser, Refugees and Human Rights, WFWPI UN Office Geneva

H.E. Jose Marcos Barrica, Ambassador of Angola to Portugal

 Session II

Contribution of Women to Social Peace through Resilience and Reconciliation

Chair: Ms. Carolyn Handschin, Director, WFWPI UN Offices

Ms. Natascha Schellen, WFWP, Lebanon & Germany

Dr. Anna Brzyska, Vice, President, WFWP Poland

Prof. Doutor Manuel de Almeida Damásio, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lusófona Group

Ambassador for Peace Certificates

 Lunch in the City

12:30- 14:00

 14:30 – 17:30:  Public Symposium and Event

Palácio dos Marqueses da Praia and Monforte, Loures City

 Sessions I

“New ideas for Social Inclusion and Safer Cities”

Chair: Mrs. Gabriella Mieli, VP, WFWP Italy

Remarks: Hon. Bernadino Soares, Mayor of Loures

Professor Soha Abboud Haggar, Madrid University, Spain

Hon. Elena Centemero – Italian Deputy, President Commission Equality and Non-Discrimination at     European Council

Mr. Vitor Ramalho-  SG, Union of Capital Cities of the Portuguese Language

Mrs. Mitty Tohma, President, WFWP, UK

Part II

Ceremony for Intercultural Reconciliation and Harmony:

Dr. Maria Riehl, WFWPI UN Office, Vienna

19:30: Dinner (Caparica Mar Hotel)

20:30 – 21:30: Session I

Chair: Dr. Marta Carvalho, President, WFWP Portugal

Welcoming Remarks:

Hon. Lisette Carmo, City Counsellor

Dr. Michael & Mrs. Fumiko Balcomb, FFWPU Europe

Mr. Sergio Neto, President, FFWPU Portugal

Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director WFWPI UN Office

Mrs. Birget Kelle, Journalist and author, Germany

Saturday, November 4th (Caparica Mar Hotel)

7:00 – 7:45:  Breakfast

8:00 – 9:30:  Departure and Trip to Fatima (bus)

9:45 – 11:45: Fatima visit /tour

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch at Fatima, including a group photo

13:15 – 14:45: Departure and Return to Lisbon

15:15 – 16:30 Conference: Session II

“Peace starts with me: The Role of Family in Education and Socialization.”  (Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 16, 17)

Chair:  Dr. Isabel Costa, Naturopath, Portugal

Ms. Rostya Gordon Smith, Coaching Expert, Czech Republic

Mrs. Elisabetta Nistri – President, WFWP Italy

Dr. Marta Rodriguez Diaz –Dicastery for Laity Family and Life, Responsible Woman Office

Ms. Jody Dontje- Help Nepal Appeal, UK

16:30 – 17:00: Coffee break (Group Photo)

17:00- 18:30 Session III:

“Countering Current Problems of Society through Education:Prevention Works!”(SDG 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12,16,17)

Chair: Mrs. Renate Amesbauer, Pres. WFWP Austria

Dr. Rocío López González, Director of Fundación Pluralismo y Convivencia

Dr. Marcela Rosehnalova, WFWP President, Czech Republic

Dr. Luiza Palma, Coordinator Women Economic Forum WEF Portugal 2017

Mrs.  Anna Galovičová, President, Slovak Network against Poverty, Slovakia

Mrs. Johanna Toresen, President, WFWP Norway

19:30 – 20:30: Dinner

20:30 – 21:30: Session IV: Special Program

MC: Mrs. Tina Coombs, Special Advisor, WFWP, Europe- and Sharon Kabubi, WFWP UK

“Global WFWP: Celebrating 25 Years”

Video presentation  

Best Practice Projects of 25 Years of WFWP in Europe (Germany)

Musical Entertainment & Cultural Program

Sunday, November 5th

 7:00- 7:30: Meditation/Interfaith Reading Service (optional)

Mrs. Elisabetta Cali & Sister Marta Rodriguez Diaz.

7:30- 8:30 Breakfast

8:30- 10:00 Session V:

“Creating and Living in a Healthy Society (Culture of Heart).”   (SDG 8,10, 12, 16)

(12 Concurrent Capacity Building Sessions / training in small groups with interactive format)

Chair:  Mrs. Ann Schaffner, Secretary, WFWP Europe

  1. Evelyn Youmans and Natascha Schellen

Action for Change and Sustainability

  1. Lubica Magnusson & Mirka Alexy

“Advocacy: Quick Action in Response to Government Debates and Decisions”

  1. Mag. Maria Neuberger- Schmidt

“The Psycho-Emotional Triangle and Education towards Responsibility”

  1. Rahsan Celik

“Peace is Possible Campaign”

  1. Patricia Earle

“Women’s Empowerment through Regular Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, building Friendship and networking, Social Action Projects”

  1. Lenka Salamoun

“Communication as a Strong Tool”

  1. Jodie Jontje

“Volunteering Abroad: Making a Sustainable Difference”

  1. Rostya Gordon-Smith

“Having a Voice and Influence in Society”

  1. Sammi Vanderstock

“Character-based Leadership and Awareness”

  1. Tina Coombs

Dignity of Women & its Consequences on Social Life

  1. Asma Ahmed & Feven Harade

African Women…

10:00 – 10:30 Group Reporting to Plenary

10:30 – 11:00   Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session VI:  Women’s Leadership “Best Practice” Models

Chair:  Mrs. Mitty Tohma, President, WFWP UK

GWPN / WFWP Activities and Projects (SDG 17)

  1. Middle East Women’s Leadership Conferences (Zoe Bennet, IVP Middle East)
  2. Moslem and Jewish Mothers Peace Project (Rosa Shmuely, WFWP Israel)
  3. Women’s Peace Academy (Rita Solaris, President, WFWP Netherlands)
  4. Character Education & Culture (Olga Vakulinsky, WFWP IVP, Northeast Region)
  5. European Peace Education Project (Lubica Magnusson, President, WFWP Slovakia)
  6. International Council of Women & Leaders Network (WFWP Ukraine)

Closing Session: WFWP Europe

WFWP Ambassador for Peace Certificates

13:00 Lunch

Sunday Afternoon and Monday (by invitation)

WFWPI Women’s Curriculum Development Workshop