WOMEN as mediators project, 24-31 March
Zahava Neuberger is an orthodox Jewish mediator who, since 2003, has monitored dialogue groups between Muslim, Bedouin, Christian and orthodox Jewish women. She is convinced that women can be influential in the dialogue because they feel freer than men. The aim of the project is to invite to Switzerland one of these groups which has been meeting together over a number of years. The one-week trip is scheduled for March 2014 and the group will comprise twenty five women and a facilitator.
Expected benefits: to consolidate the friendship and the human experience of meeting the other, discover other ways of coexisting in an environment away from the conflict, develop inter-community projects for meetings and exchange.
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Breaking The Ice project, end of August
On the model which has worked so well since 2011, medium-mountain hikes will be proposed to Jewish and Arab students from Haifa University, accompanied by professional mediators, including Olfat Haider. Olfat is in charge of programmes in Beit HaGefen and has a long experience as a facilitator. She has been present in the project since 2010. This is once again planned in partnership with Haifa University which has integrated it into its action programme aiming at improving inter-community relations on the campus. The group will come for fourteen days in August and will comprise twelve students and two facilitators.
Expected benefit: motivate the participants to engage in concrete actions, supervised by the University, to enhance inter-community relations on the campus.