Women's Leadership and Empowerment

Historical gender inequities have favored and promoted men in leadership roles, and as a result, institutions and organizations have often lacked the balanced perspective which would result from greater contributions by women. Qualities such as nurturing, empathy, and compassion are antidotes to today’s divisive politics and cynicism.

It is important to understand the beliefs and traditions that have historically excluded women from equal representation and positions of leadership.  We look to advocate for women rising up worldwide against oppression and exploitation.

Advocating for Women

Historical gender inequities have favored and promoted men in leadership roles, and as a result, institutions and organizations have often lacked the balanced perspective which would result from greater contributions by women. Qualities such as nurturing, empathy, and compassion are antidotes to today’s divisive politics and cynicism.

It is important to understand the beliefs and traditions that have historically excluded women from equal representation and positions of leadership.  We look to advocate for women rising up worldwide against oppression and exploitation.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam is Secretary-General of Religions for Peace and holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Dr. Karam has an extensive diplomatic and interreligious background and she has held several positions at the United Nations since 2004, and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations for close to 30 years.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam is Secretary-General of Religions for Peace and holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Dr. Karam has an extensive diplomatic and interreligious background and she has held several positions at the United Nations since 2004, and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations for close to 30 years.

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August 17, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph. D.

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

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July 22, 2021

We Can Prevent the Bankruptcy of the Sacred – Dare we Try?

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

The UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) came to a conclusion on July 15th. Another HLPF, another series of declaration, and commitments and concerns articulated by governments. And the results of this High Level Political Forum? Not the dramatic changes that our planetary existence cries for. Not even the radical introspection about each of the governance and civic responsibilities attested to by various human rights and humanitarian catastrophes in almost every corner of the world. In fact, the HLPF, like so many other summits and consultations between and among governments, has ended with more of the same.

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June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Peace on Earth can become a reality-but it starts with peace within each heart. How can we bring peace to the world if we don't have peace within ourselves?

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May 19, 2021

A Narrative of Love: Dr. Azza Karam on Religion, Dialogue and Love

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Spirit of Humanity Forum. A Narrative of Love is a series of conversations with thought-leaders and spiritual teachers about their understanding of the significance of love in our personal and public lives hosted by Dr. Scherto Gill - In this conversation Dr. Scherto Gill talks with Prof. Azza Karam, Ph.D. Secretary General, Religion for Peace.

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May 12, 2021

Violence Against Civilians in Gaza and Jerusalem is … Failed Leadership

The violence against civilians in Gaza and in Jerusalem must stop. This violence is – further and deadly – evidence of failed leadership, in every sense.

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May 5, 2021

Sexual Harassment in Interfaith Spaces

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Cassandra Lawrence

An exploratory conversation, aimed at understanding the various aspects of the challenges that religious institutions share with the society at large, in dealing with issues of sexual harassment.

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April 29, 2021

Keeping Faith in Interfaith Dialogue: Hans Küng and Global Religious Collaboration for Positive Peace

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam shares her perspective on the works of Hans Küng, and the belief she shares that alteration in consciousness is reached through living one’s faith in actions of service beyond self and without discrimination and distinctions.

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February 24, 2021

Faith, Sport, and Love, actually (with guest, Dr. Azza Karam)

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Sport for Humanity combines the passion for sport with the values of faith to serve humanity. In this episode, David explores the relevance of Faith and Sport, and Faith in Sport, with Dr. Azza Karam.

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February 2, 2021

OPINION: A Counter-Narrative? Ruminations Around Holocaust Awareness Day

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

For more than two decades, the mantra was “PVE” (preventing violent extremism) and/or “CVE” (countering violent extremism).

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November 24, 2020

A Dialogue of Love: Interreligious Cooperation and Global Well-Being

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

In the Annual John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding, Professor Azza Karam, secretary general of Religions for Peace International, discusses how multi-faith alliances can further peace and well-being in our fractured world.

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October 13, 2020

Eco Justice for All

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

The Temple of Understanding hosted a conversation on Facebook with Prof. Dr. Azza Karam, secretary general of Religions for Peace and she discusses the interconnectedness between human rights and a thriving ecosystem.

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October 8, 2020

Multi-Faith Actions: The Tipping Point for 'Peace'

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

This presentation addresses key questions that include: What do we mean when we speak of “religions” in the nexus of peace, human rights and security? How has the United Nations, engaged ‘religions’ in its own peace efforts? What are the implications of this on the work of the UN of religious institutions?

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October 6, 2020

Keynote speech on Religion and Women, Peace and Security by Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam’s perspective on working inside the UN on religion and women’s issues. A history of her career at the UN and what she saw and learned.

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June 23, 2020

Woolf Institute - An Episode from the COVID-19 Chronicles

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

In this episode, Dr. Ed Kessler from the Woolfe Institute, speaks with Professor Azza Karam. Azza is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace in New York, USA.

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February 1, 2015

Education as the Pathway towards Gender Equality

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Gender-based discrimination in education is, in effect, both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted differences in society. Disparities, whether in terms of poverty, ethnic background, disability, or traditional attitudes about their status and role all undermine the ability of women and girls to exercise their rights.

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April 29, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Faith, International Development, and the United Nations

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Dr. Azza Karam and explores how her parents influenced the development of her values and character...

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr.Sakena Yacoobi is Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides teacher training, education, and health education; and Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope International, which supports communities in Afghanistan and India in providing food, shelter, healthcare, employment, and education services. Dr. Yacoobi has received numerous awards for her international humanitarian works.

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October 2, 2021

16th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Day Celebration and International day of Nonviolence

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Tushar Gandhi

The Gandhi International Institute for Peace and Still and Moving Center present the 16th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Day Celebration and International day of Non-Violence with featured speakers Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D. and Tushar Gandhi.

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August 17, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph. D.

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

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August 9, 2021

Reflections

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Jonathan Granoff, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa and Jonathan Granoff add their voices to the Voices-URI Call to Reflection as part of "a growing global chorus calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons."

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July 6, 2021

VOICES for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons; "Deep Dive" with Audrey Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The majority of the world’s population adhere to some faith tradition or belief and represent a huge resource that can be mobilized to address two of the largest existential threats posed to human existence: environmental degradation and nuclear weapons. Communities of faith represent the moral, ethical voices that have been increasingly moving into action to address our global challenges.

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June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Peace on Earth can become a reality-but it starts with peace within each heart. How can we bring peace to the world if we don't have peace within ourselves?

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June 24, 2021

FEEDING THE FUTURE: The Story of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance

Hugh Locke
Timote Georges
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Smallholder farmers comprise one-third of the world's population and hold the key to food security and reversing environmental degradation. The film will show the remarkable reforestation of Haiti through the use of trees as "currency" which smallholder farmers plant in exchange for better quality seeds, equipment, and training, and the regeneration of cotton production in Haiti, at one time one of the world's largest exporters of cotton.

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June 23, 2021

The Crisis of Loneliness Among Young Americans

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Recent studies have revealed some truly alarming trends among young Americans: one-third of undergraduates wrestle with some kind of mental health issue, more than one-third of young adults are now disaffiliated with religion, and according to one global health service company, the loneliest generation in America today are between 18-22 years old. Whereas previous generations might ask, "How should I live?" they are now more likely to ask, "Why should I live?" Where they used to talk about hope and meaning; now they grapple with hopelessness and meaninglessness. And while it may be too early to say for sure, it's almost certain that almost a year of quarantine and social distancing has only made matters worse. In other words, young Americans are facing a spiritual crisis of loneliness.

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June 4, 2021

Fireside Chat - Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Voices youth member Haneen Kahlid interviews International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation Founder/President Audrey Kitagawa.

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May 20, 2021

2021 World Unity Week - Ben Bowler & Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Ben Bowler

Ben Bowler of World UNITY Week and International Academy of Multicultural Cooperation Founder/President Audrey E. Kitagawa discuss IAMC’s Co-Sponsorship of the 2021 World UNITY Week Celebration.

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May 6, 2021

Hans Küng, Thought Pioneer in Religious and Secular Spaces

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

In an article published by Georgetown University's Berkley Center, Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., President and Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation discusses Hans Küng's pioneering vision of the human condition in the perpetual dynamics of dualism in which we appear to exist.

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May 5, 2021

Sexual Harassment in Interfaith Spaces

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Cassandra Lawrence

An exploratory conversation, aimed at understanding the various aspects of the challenges that religious institutions share with the society at large, in dealing with issues of sexual harassment.

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April 27, 2021

Power Dynamics In The Perpetuation of Gender Inequality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation and member of the G20 Interfaith Forum Gender Equality Working Group discusses the power dynamics of relationships, which can be used negatively or positively to determine the nature of human interactions.

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March 2, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Monica Sharma and Audrey Kitagawa

Dr. Monica Sharma
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa and International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation Advisor Dr. Monica Sharma discuss Dr. Sharma’s book, Radical Transformational Leadership, and her philosophical and spiritual approach to her works.

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December 4, 2020

A World of Faith: Audrey Kitagawa, and Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi

Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

From the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Audrey Kitagawa, and Harvard student Michel Nehme discuss the philosophy undergirding interfaith dialogue.

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June 19, 2019

365 Pebbles a Year

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Published in the Daily Financial Times of Sri Lanka, Audrey E. Kitagawa shares about her experiences in Sri Lanka and being witness to the multitudes of peoples everywhere casting their pebbles of loving kindness into an Ocean of Oneness every day.

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November 11, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Hope Against Hope in the Congo

Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Professor Mutombo Nkulu N'Sengha. He discusses his teaching initiatives and experiences of spending a year in the Congo...

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July 1, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Love of Life

Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Professor Mutombo Nkulu N'Sengha as he spends a year in the Congo giving back to citizens of the country where he was born...

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June 10, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Peace and Development in International Geopolitics

Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva as he shares about the values of duty and service he learned from his parents...

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April 29, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Faith, International Development, and the United Nations

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Dr. Azza Karam and explores how her parents influenced the development of her values and character...

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September 11, 2012

A Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa visited Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was formally welcomed by dignitaries who provided escort to schools, universities, an orphanage, and a hospital.

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September 10, 2012

Democratic Republic of Congo

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, accompanied by Dr. Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, visited Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo, September 9-18, 2012.

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July 2, 2012

Our Sacred Journey: The Peace and Security of the Individual and the Planet: From Our Inner World to the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, J.D. interviews Jonathan Granoff, J.D. to discuss his upbringing and experiences with his Spiritual Master...

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June 18, 2012

Our Sacred Journey: Awakening a Traumatized Nation Through Love, Spirituality and Forgiveness

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Dr. Sakena Yacoobi. She talked about what motivated her to start the Afghan Institute of Learning...

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May 28, 2012

Myanmar

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

With almost five decades of world isolation and military control, much of the country’s culture, ecology, and archaeological sites were unaltered.

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May 21, 2012

Our Sacred Journey: Bumuntu Spirituality and Global Solidarity in a Burning House

Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Professor Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha to discuss the Bumuntu Peace Institute...

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May 1, 2010

100 Words, 200 Visionaries

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

100 words from Divine Mother Audrey, excerpt from the book, 100 Words, 200 Visionaries by William Murtha

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July 12, 2008

Vietnam (2008)

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa returned to Vietnam July 12 to July 17, 2008 to bring charitable goods, medical supplies, and to spread the Aloha spirit, Love.

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May 14, 2008

UN Day of Vesak, Vietnam

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The United Nations General Assembly, at its 54th session, on Dec. 15, 1999, adopted Resolution 115, "International recognition of the Day of Vesak at United Nations Headquarters and other United Nations Offices."

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April 29, 2008

California State University Northridge (2008)

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.

The Program, “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious, Ethical and Legal Dimensions of An Un-Ignorable Imperative” was held on April 29, 2008.

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January 1, 2006

Globalization as the Fuel of Religious and Ethnic Conflicts

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

We live in an interconnected world, and the degradation of one human being is the degradation of us all. Wherever human rights abuses occur, wherever humanitarian relief is needed, wherever human suffering exists we must not turn a blind eye. We should tell the stories of truth that we may learn the ways of truth, and grow in the wisdom of humility, which would turn the suffering that arrogance, greed, and self-interest have wrought into lessons of equity and justice.

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November 1, 2002

Practical Spirituality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Presented at the India International Center in November 2002 and Published in World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, Audrey E. Kitagawa shares on the topic of Practical Spirituality

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February 28, 1997

Pluralism and Self-Identity

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

From the February 1997 internet discussion forum, Audrey E. Kitagawa speaks about Pluralism and Self-Identity.

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January 7, 1997

Transcending Diversity

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

From the January 1997 internet discussion forum entitled "Pluralism and Spirituality in America", Audrey E. Kitagawa speaks about Transcending Diversity.

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The Role Of Identity In The Rise And Decline Of Buddhism In Hawaii, The 50th State Of The United States Of America

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Published in the Sambodhi Journal, Audrey shares about the Japanese Immigration to Hawaii and the flouishing of Buddhism.

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The Power of OM: Transformation of Consciousness

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., shares an intensely personal statement of experience communicating the power of OM,​ the Pranava, with its healing and transforming qualities. ​

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I Am but a Pencil in the Hand of God​

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

From Change Makers: Transformation and Leadership Issue‍. Published in Issue 5 of Light on Light Magazine. Later re-published by the Daily Financial Times, Sri Lanka.

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Crossing World Views: The Power of Perspective and ​the Hawai'i Japanese American Experience

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

‍Published in "Learning in the Light: Multicultural Communication and Asian American Women", Audrey E. Kitagawa shares the Power of Perspective and ​the Hawai'i Japanese American Experience.

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer who grew up on the sands of Mokapu and Kailua beach on the island of Oʻahu and along the rainy shoreline of Hilo Palikū. The Aluli ʻohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists dedicated to Hawaiian education, restorative justice, land reclamation, ʻohana health practices, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, and Hawaiian music. Dr. Aluli Meyer works in the field of indigenous epistemology and its role in world-wide awakening. Professor Aluli Meyer obtained her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998). She is a world-wide keynote speaker, writer, and international evaluator of Indigenous Ph.D.s who now works at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu campus.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr.Sakena Yacoobi is Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides teacher training, education, and health education; and Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope International, which supports communities in Afghanistan and India in providing food, shelter, healthcare, employment, and education services. Dr. Yacoobi has received numerous awards for her international humanitarian works.

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December 1, 2020

Aloha & Pono with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer 日本語訳下にあります

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Exploring Aloha and Pono: Aloha is the intelligence with which we meet life. It was in our culture from thousands of years ago that Aloha is our true intelligence. Pono for us is that complementarity to Aloha. For me, Pono is a synonym for Truth.

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December 1, 2020

Living in Harmony with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer 日本語訳下にあります

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Aluli Meyer discusses harmony and how can we attain it. We are experiencing our own evolution through conflict and this is how we wake up. In this chaotic world we have the birthing of our own collective consciousness. The first medicine is forgiveness and Aloha and Pono are at the center of forgiveness. She shares about her relationship with her sister and through their conflict there is now forgiveness and harmony. She explains further that Aloha is the primal source of our collective emergence.

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December 1, 2020

Spiritual World with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer 日本語訳下にあります

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Aluli Meyer shares that experiences in our spiritual realm are very intimate. She elaborates on some of her experiences on many islands in Hawaiʻi. These experiences come and we are students to these lessons that we learn from the trans-spatial world of mystery of the unknown of our ancestral connections.

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January 1, 2013

Holographic Epistemology: Native Common Sense

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

We communicate through our world view shaped within knowledge systems prioritized by the needs of people and the lessons of place. This article simplifies indigenous epistemology with the latest insight of post-quantum sciences. Holographic principles and practices are used to design a (k)new understanding of the philosophy of knowledge inclusive of all three aspects of nature: physical, mental, and spiritual.

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D. is a renowned spiritual leader and author who has done extensive work on the upliftment and empowerment of women, as well as numerous humanitarian projects. She is Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international interfaith organization dedicated to clean water, sanitation & hygiene, President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation which runs free schools, vocational training programs and empowerment programs, and Director of the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D. is a renowned spiritual leader and author who has done extensive work on the upliftment and empowerment of women, as well as numerous humanitarian projects. She is Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international interfaith organization dedicated to clean water, sanitation & hygiene, President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation which runs free schools, vocational training programs and empowerment programs, and Director of the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth.

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August 17, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph. D.

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

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July 1, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

"Covid has been a global catastrophe, wreaking havoc upon our economies, infrastructure, health, education and every thread of the tapestry of our lives. The impact upon women is especially profound as they are so frequently the caretakers, homemakers, health care workers and the ones playing such multifaceted roles in both families and communities. As we plan and implement the rebuilding of our community structures, we must do so with deep awareness of and attention to revitalizing our commitments and engagement around gender equality and ending violence against women." ~Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

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June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Peace on Earth can become a reality-but it starts with peace within each heart. How can we bring peace to the world if we don't have peace within ourselves?

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November 20, 2020

Menstruation & the Divine Worshipable Shakti

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D. shared important insights about Menstrual Hygiene Management - perhaps one of the most-important and least-discussed health issues facing so many women across India and around the world and an important element in so many of the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

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July 15, 2019

The Annual Kofi Annan Faith Briefings - July 15, 2019

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D., Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and President of Divine Shakti Foundation, speaks at the The Annual Kofi Annan Faith Briefings. Multi-Religious Perspective on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Panel 2: Discussion on good practices and evidence on actions taken by religious leaders to safeguard children’s rights. Prof. Dr. Azza Karam is the moderator of this panel.

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March 10, 2018

Science Meets Spirituality with Sadhvi Bhagawatiji and Dr. Bruce Lipton (March 2018)

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Parmath Niketan -- In this question-and-answer session, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji and renowned scientist Dr. Bruce Lipton share their profound wisdom about transformation of cells in our body through yoga, and beautifully explains the connection between science and spirituality.

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February 3, 2018

The Role of Women in Peace

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D. discusses the nature of the feminine in society, and how embracing and focusing the positive aspects of that nature have the power to bring people together and manifest beneficial changes at home and world-wide.

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October 1, 2017

Save The Girl Child

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Sadhviji Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D. shares on International Save the Girl Child Day the importance of honoring girls and woman. She discusses the unique, incomparable, essential contributions of girls and women.

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May 16, 2017

From Hollywood to Holy Woods | Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati | TED Talk

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati shares the story of growing up in Hollywood, graduating from Stanford then having a spiritual awakening on the Ganges River while on a backpacking trip to India. She provides the powerful insights and simple lessons that have transformed her life from pieces to peace. Formation of the WASH alliance.

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February 11, 2017

Humble Leadership

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D

What makes a good leader? A good leader needs not only charisma but also direction! What ensures that someone’s character, morals and ethics are likely to inspire and elevate – or, conversely, repel and extinguish?

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr. Monica Sharma, author of the award-winning book “Radical Transformational Leadership” is a trained physician and epidemiologist who worked for the United Nations for over 20 years. Dr. Sharma has redefined “Development” of the individual and the collective to include the further reaches of human and cultural capabilities, to discover a deeper engagement with our humanity and nature, our Being, intellect and emotion, our inner and outer worlds with its invisible norms and patterns.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr.Sakena Yacoobi is Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides teacher training, education, and health education; and Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope International, which supports communities in Afghanistan and India in providing food, shelter, healthcare, employment, and education services. Dr. Yacoobi has received numerous awards for her international humanitarian works.

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March 2, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Monica Sharma and Audrey Kitagawa

Dr. Monica Sharma
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa and International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation Advisor Dr. Monica Sharma discuss Dr. Sharma’s book, Radical Transformational Leadership, and her philosophical and spiritual approach to her works.

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February 28, 2021

Radical Transformational Leadership - Our Perspective

Dr. Monica Sharma

Radical Transformational Leadership is about becoming the change agent the world needs today, through a type of leadership that can transform societal patterns to create a world that works for everyone. It is based on the three human attributes of compassion, dignity and equity.

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September 11, 2020

Ahimsa Conversation # 28 Monica Sharma

Dr. Monica Sharma

Ahimsa is made possible by the innate capacity of human beings to care beyond the self. Dr. Monica Sharma has developed a process for enabling people to tap into this capability. She did this over three decades of work in diverse contexts across the world.

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August 23, 2018

Prosperity and Wellbeing – Beyond Money and GDP

In this program Hazel Henderson explores with Dr. Monica Sharma, author of Radical Transformational Leadership (2018). How the worship of money and the fetishism of measuring national progress by GDP-growth can be clarified.

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August 20, 2018

Empowering Our Personal and Professional Journeys

Dr. Monica Sharma

In this program Hazel Henderson explores with Dr. Monica Sharma, author of Radical Transformational Leadership (2018) her personal story growing up in India. How she practiced medicine there and grew to understand the importance for human health of looking at her patients' life circumstances and their environments. Dr. Sharma became a leader in many United Nations health initiatives and her leadership style can inspire and empower many others.

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November 21, 2017

Radical Transformational Leadership

Dr. Monica Sharma

Radical Transformational Leadership describes how we can source our inner capacities and wisdom to manifest change that embodies universal values of dignity, compassion and fairness, and simultaneously transform unworkable systems and norms in order to solve problems.

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr.Sakena Yacoobi is Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides teacher training, education, and health education; and Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope International, which supports communities in Afghanistan and India in providing food, shelter, healthcare, employment, and education services. Dr. Yacoobi has received numerous awards for her international humanitarian works.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr.Sakena Yacoobi is Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides teacher training, education, and health education; and Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope International, which supports communities in Afghanistan and India in providing food, shelter, healthcare, employment, and education services. Dr. Yacoobi has received numerous awards for her international humanitarian works.

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June 21, 2021

What Happens Now? Women, Peace & Afghanistan

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, President & Executive Director of Creating Hope International, President & Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, and an International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation Advisory Council member, hosts a webinar, “What Happens Now? Women, Peace & Afghanistan” on June 21, 2021.

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January 12, 2021

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi - Afghan Institute of Learning - COVID-19 Response

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi describes how COVID-19 has affected the people in Afghanistan and how her education organization AIL has adapted their work to respond to the pandemic.

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April 24, 2020

2020 Aurora Humanitarian - Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

2020 Aurora Humanitarian Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is a human rights activist and educator, and Founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)

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December 21, 2016

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Awarded 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

It is a great honor to be chosen as a 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate. This year the Sunhak Peace Prize focuses its attention on the global refugee crisis. It is a privilege to be recognized along with Dr. Gino Strada as someone who has contributed to helping refugees and helping in their resettlement.

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May 1, 2016

ASU GSV Summit Speech

Dr. Saken Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning and recipient of the 2016 McGraw Prize in Education speaks at the ASU Global Silicon Valley Summit.

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November 18, 2015

2015 WISE Prize Laureate Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Special Address

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

2015 WISE Prize for Education laureate Dr. Sakena Yacoobi shares her personal motivations that led her to create the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).

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November 16, 2015

2015 WISE Prize for Education laureate-Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been named the 2015 WISE Prize for Education Laureate.

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October 12, 2015

How I Stopped The Taliban From Shutting Down My School

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

When the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men.

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November 13, 2013

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi - Opus Prize 2013

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, is the winner of the 2013 Opus Prize. The Opus Prize honors unsung heroes of any faith tradition for efforts to solve today's most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice.

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September 13, 2012

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi on Educating Women and Girls in Afghanistan | Independent Lens | PBS

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has made a difference in the lives of around 8.5 million people through the operation of learning facilities in Afghanistan over the course of twenty years.

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June 18, 2012

Our Sacred Journey: Awakening a Traumatized Nation Through Love, Spirituality and Forgiveness

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa interviews Dr. Sakena Yacoobi. She talked about what motivated her to start the Afghan Institute of Learning...

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