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Ahead of the International Day of Living Together in Peace, and in continuation of last year’s webinar commemorating the same day, DKH will host a webinar Women's Voices: Preserving the Past to Empower Tomorrow on April 26th at 3:00 to commemorate efforts around the world in strengthening women’s empowerment through the preservation of sacred sites, cultural heritage, and intangible heritage. As last year’s webinar highlighted, women are found to be the great resource mobilizers, intergenerational connectors, and great analysts in situations of conflict. The inclusion of women and youth in heritage preservation has been found to have more lasting effects. This year, the webinar is an opportunity to bring in community leaders, KAICIID Fellows, and academics who are active in the field of cultural and religious heritage to discuss how cultural and religious sites can serve as monuments for women’s empowerment and greater leadership. This is aligned with one of UNESCO’s recommendations from its report on Gender Equality and Culture ‘Encourage and involve all members of society in strategies promoting gender equality in culture. This includes working in partnership with all groups and communities concerned to promote sustainable solutions for gender-equal access, participation in and contribution to culture[1]According to the Gender in Geopolitics Institute, although women have an important role to play in the transmission of intangible cultural heritage, this does not translate into privileged access to high positions in the field of culture. Indeed, the latest figures indicate an under-representation of women in that sector.[2]  This 90 minute webinar will discuss these issues, and share learnings from the experiences of the speakers on empowering women through looking back at cultural heritage.


Zon Vanel

Zon Vanel is a lecturer at the Public Relations Program of the Information Technology Department at Satya Wacana Christian University in Central Java, Indonesia. Her focus is on interreligious dialogue and conflict transformation. Vanel is also one of the founders of an elementary children’s interreligious dialogue community program called Sobat Anak Solo (SAS). She has participated in several national and international workshops on interreligious dialogue and human rights. Her latest project is a computer-based information system program to prevent conflicts and mapping conflict areas in her hometown. Her motto is “unity in diversity.” She is also a KAICIID fellow.

Swadeka Ahsun

Swadeka Ahsun has a multilateral diplomacy.  And her works focus on dialogue between religions and faiths in pluralistic societies.  A global leader and campaigner on issues of gender equality, peace and security, Swadeka collaborates with govt., civil society, academics, researches, stakeholders, working towards promoting sustainable development 2030 agendas.  As an award winning artist and curator, her practice is in collaboration and developing partnership that promote creativity, culture and heritage, strengthening participation in cultural life as well as integrating culture in development plans, supporting unesco's framework, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, the use of the SDG's and the 17 goals.

Grandmother Marie-Josée Tardiff

Trained for 15 years by the French specialist in conscious communication, David Ciussi, Marie-Josée soon devoted most of her time to groups or individuals, in their learning of a more constructive and more human communication, based on principles of self-presence. With T8aminik, in 2013 she founded the non-profit organization KINA8AT then in 2020 the Dominique Rankin Foundation, whose missions consist in enabling healing and cultural reconnection among First Nations, in addition to promoting reconciliation and the sharing of indigenous cultures with all. This common work leads Marie-Josée and T8aminik to work both nationally and internationally.

Lantana Abdullahi

Lantana has extensive experience working in the Nigerian non-profit and peacebuilding sector. Previously, she worked with Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Nigeria managing several projects in the Middle Belt and northeast Nigeria responding to human rights abuses, ethno-religious violence and violent extremism. In addition, Lantana was involved in mediation between pastoralists and farmers in Kaduna and Plateau State and has led many interreligious and inter-ethnic dialogues in Jos, Minna, Maiduguri and Yola. She is actively involved in mentoring women and girls’ participation in peace, security and governance, and was selected by UNWomen Nigeria as one of their Lead Mentors. Lantana currently leads a local women-focused organization known as Women for Positive Peacebuilding Initiative and heads the program design of the Plateau State Peacebuilding Agency. Lantana is a member of the African Union’s Panel of the Wise and FEMWISE, a Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation.

Lantana has been involved in many research and evaluations within Africa such as UNICEF’s Analysis of the Situation of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in the Niger Delta and the Northern Region of Nigeria; and the USAID’s Early Warning Response Design Support (EWARDS) in Nigeria and Ghana. Lantana enjoys reading, meeting people and mentoring women and girls.



Georgia Gleoudi

 Georgia Gleoudi is the E-learning courses moderator at KAICIID. 'She has an MA in Religion in Peace and Conflict from Uppsala University and a BA in International Relations and European Studies from Panteion University, Athens. She is interested in Religion and State relations, faith - based diplomacy and intercultural relations

Where Online Zoom Application
Time Europe/Lisbon
Zon Vanel
Swadeka Ahsun
Grandmother Marie-Josée Tardiff
Lantana Abdullahi
Language English
Interpretation English