Women's Leadership and Empowerment

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.

Event
September 19, 2023

Women as Powerful Agents of Transformation for Peace

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Women are powerful agents of global transformation, and they must be fully included in all aspects of peacebuilding. On September 19, 2023, as part of Peace Week 2023, a panel of women leaders will discuss why the participation of women is essential to achieve sustainable peace.

Video
January 24, 2023

9th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs: Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

The 2023 Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs was held on January 23, 2023. IAMC International Advisory Council member Prof. Dr. Azza Karam moderated a panel on “Framing Human Security as Shared Security for People and the Planet.”

Event
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

Publication
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.

Event
June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

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?

Video
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.

Publication
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.

Event
May 5, 2021

Sexual Harassment in Interfaith Spaces

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

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.

Publication
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.

Audio
February 24, 2021

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

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
David Eades

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.

Publication
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).

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
October 8, 2020

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

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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?

Video
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.

Video
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.

Publication
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.

Audio
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...

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.

Event
April 21, 2024

World Peace Earth Day Celebration & Benefit 2024 - April 21th

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Planet Heart celebrates the 16th Annual World Peace and Earth Day Celebration and Benefit 2024, honoring and giving love to Mother Earth to celebrate our interconnectedness, and embark on a collective journey of Awakening and Transformation.

Event
April 14, 2024

Mystics and Scientists 2024: Love, Forgiveness and Compassion: Where Spirituality Meets Science

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa was a featured speaker at the 2024 Mystics and Scientists Conference, “Love, Forgiveness and Compassion –Where Spirituality Meets Science.”

Event
April 5, 2024

Building the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience

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

The Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations celebrates the United Nations International Day of Conscience with an event focusing on "Building the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience."

Event
March 21, 2024

What is Gender Equality?

Audrey E. Kitagawa

The G20 Interfaith Forum Gender Equality Working Group and Anti-Racism Initiative co-hosted a webinar on gender perspectives and awareness featuring Roshan Dalvi, Tadia RIce, and Harish Sadani. Audrey Kitagawa moderated the discussion, which asked the question, “What is Gender Equality?”

Event
March 14, 2024

10th Annual CSW68 Interfaith Service of Remembrance & Gratitude

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The 10th annual CSW68 Interfaith Service was a loving remembrance of those who have gone before us and who continue to inspire our lives. Everyone was invited to add a name to the Memory Book.

February 15, 2024

The Importance of Spirituality and Values in Daily Life and Global Affairs

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, President and Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation and Chair Emeritus of CSVGC-NY, delivered an address on “The Importance of Spirituality and Values in Daily Life and Global Affairs” to the Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY at its General Meeting on February 15, 2024.

Event
February 10, 2024

Awakening to Humanity's Sacred Mission

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, President and Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, participated in Unity Earth’s “Awakening to Humanity’s Sacred Mission” symposium, sharing a message on “Peace Making” and how each person can and must take personal responsibility to be a peacemaker.

Video
February 6, 2024

Interfaith ‘Ohana of Hawai‘i’s 2024 “Interfaith Retreat”

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, President and Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation was the keynote speaker at the Interfaith ‘Ohana of Hawai‘i’s 2024 “Interfaith Retreat” held on Kauai February 5-8, 2024.

Event
January 23, 2024

Human Rights and Dignity: Towards a Just, Peaceable and Inclusive Future

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The 10th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs on January 23, 2024 will focus on "human Rights and Dignity: Towards a Just, Peaceable and Inclusive Future."

Event
January 22, 2024

Pray for Peace Among 22 Women of Mother Earth

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Pray for Peace Among 22 Women of Mother Earth

Event
January 18, 2024

Religion and Sustainable Development: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities Ahead of the 2024 G20 Summit in Brazil

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

A Colloquium organized by Tokai University School of Global Citizenship G20 Interfaith Forum Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, International Center for the Study of Law and Religion, BYU Law School, and the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation

Event
December 2, 2023

Consciousness for Change

Audrey E. Kitagawa

Panels and music live from the Dubai Convergence, presented by IAMC and its co-producers at the Faith Pavilion in Dubai as part of the United Nations COP28 Climate Conference.

Event
December 1, 2023

Dubai Convergence

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The Dubai Convergence is a global gathering of spiritual leaders, presenting at the historic Faith Pavilion and participating in surrounding events at COP28.

Event
October 23, 2023

Women's Impact on Civilizations: Changes and Challenges - Keynote Address by Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

On October 23, 2023, IAMC President/Founder Audrey E. Kitagawa provided the keynote address on “Women’s Impact on Civilizations: Changes and Challenges” at an International Conference organized by ShamanPR (UK) and Contemporary Development Company (Saudi Arabia).

Event
September 28, 2023

The Faith Factor: Positive Intervention or Perilous Intrusion?

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

From world religions and spiritualities spring global ethics, philosophies of human rights, and the rudiments of an empathic civilization. More than 80% of the Earth’s people profess a faith. This multifaith and multinational panel will probe religion’s possible role(s) in peacebuilding and the resolution of conflict, as well as religion’s fractious and destabilizing history of sowing discord.

Event
September 21, 2023

11 Days of Global Peace – “PEACE”

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa was a featured speaker, along with H.E. Ambassador Anwar K. Chowdhury on the final day of the 11 Days of Global Peace, discussing the featured topic: "PEACE".

Event
September 20, 2023

Bringing “Peace Through Unity:” An Interfaith Exploration

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

The Interfaith Movement has been a catalyst for change, peace, and unity for over a century. IAMC Founder/President Audrey Kitagawa joined a Peace Week panel discussion that focused on the many different ways that various religious and faith traditions are working toward creating “Peace through Unity”.

Event
September 19, 2023

Women as Powerful Agents of Transformation for Peace

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Women are powerful agents of global transformation, and they must be fully included in all aspects of peacebuilding. On September 19, 2023, as part of Peace Week 2023, a panel of women leaders will discuss why the participation of women is essential to achieve sustainable peace.

Event
September 13, 2023

Peace Week Assembly 2023

Peace Week 2023 runs from September 16-23 and embraces the International Day of Peace celebrated globally on September 21. Peace Week is a collaborative global celebration that is broadcast annually around the world.

Event
August 6, 2023

Honoring the 2nd Annual Nuclear Prayer Day - August 6, 2023

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

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and the United Religions Initiative honored the 2nd Annual Nuclear Prayer Day with prayers, reflections and action steps for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Event
July 31, 2023

Saving Seeds & Storytelling For Survival: A Woman's Perspective

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Women leaders discuss women's historic role in sustaining civilization and the tradition of saving seeds and storytelling as a way to sustain and carry on Indigenous wisdom.

Event
June 23, 2023

World Unity Week 2023: Promoting Human Security Through Love

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

President/Founder of IAMC, Audrey Kitagawa participates in a discussion about “Promoting Human Security Through Love” – a World Unity Week live event.

Event
June 22, 2023

FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE: Finding Our Way to an Ecological Civilization

David Korten, PH.D.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The world premiere of a film featuring David Korten, discussing his life's work in uncovering the true impacts of economic policies.

Event
May 17, 2023

World Unity Week 2023: New Earth Rising - Assembly 2

Audrey E. Kitagawa

2023 World Unity Week – 99 Days of Peace Through Unity – Assembly 2: May 17, 2023

Event
April 20, 2023

Premiere Showing – TIME OF PROPHECY: Walking in the Prayers of Our Ancestors

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

The premiere of "TIME OF PROPHECY – Walking in the Prayers of our Ancestors" was held on April 20, 2023 in conjunction with the 22nd session of the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues.

Event
March 29, 2023

Advancing Security and Sustainability at the G7 Hiroshima Summit

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Ahead of the G7 Hiroshima Summit, the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, Soka University, the G7 Research Group, and Soka Gakkai International are co-sponsoring an international conference In Tokyo to discuss "Advancing Security and Sustainability at the G7 Hiroshima Summit."

Event
March 16, 2023

TIME OF PROPHECY: Walking in the Prayers of Our Ancestors

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

An exclusive preview showing of a new film in advance of its premiere at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in April

Event
March 14, 2023

"Is there gender in/ equality in religion and society?"

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

IAMC Founder and President Audrey E. Kitagawa was a featured speaker at a webinar hosted by The Faculty of Protestant Theology and Religious Studies (FPTR) in Brussels on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

Event
March 13, 2023

A Conversation with Audrey Kitagawa & Jon Ramer

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey Kitagawa, President and Founder of International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, and Jon Ramer, Co-Founder of SINE Network and Founder of Compassion Games International

Event
March 10, 2023

9th Annual CSW67 Interfaith Service of Remembrance & Gratitude

Audrey E. Kitagawa

The 9th annual CSW67 Interfaith Service of Remembrance & Gratitude was held on March 10, 2023.

Event
February 23, 2023

RELIGICIDE: Examining Religious, Ethnic, and Racial Violence

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

A conversation with the authors of “Religicide: Confronting the Roots of Anti-Religious Violence," an insightful book that defines a new category of human suffering and the destruction of religion, its followers, and their traditions.

Event
February 20, 2023

NIU NOW: Reconnecting to the Tree of Life

Audrey E. Kitagawa
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Indrajit Gunasekara

NIU NOW: Reconnecting to the Tree of Life is a new film produced by IAMC and Niu Now. The film is about a grassroots group in Hawaii tackling the challenge of food security by cultivating coconuts (niu in Hawaiian) and reconnecting to the cultural heritage of the islands.

Event
February 14, 2023

New Pathways to Peace: The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

At the 2023 Compassion Games “MLK 40 Days of Peace,” Audrey E. Kitagawa offered thoughts on peace and non-violence, reflecting on the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King; and discussed the works of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation.

Event
February 12, 2023

Women's Interfaith Network of the United Religions Initiative Monthly Meeting

Audrey E. Kitagawa

The Women's Interfaith Network of the United Religions Initiative (WIN URI) Monthly Meeting on February 12, 2023 features guest of honor Audrey E. Kitagawa, Founder and President of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation.

Event
February 7, 2023

Unity Earth Symposium, Visions For a New Earth

The UNITY EARTH Symposium, February 7-8, 2023, brings together hundreds of like-minded organizations and thousands of individuals from around the world.

Event
January 24, 2023

9th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs: Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa

The 2023 Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs was held on January 23, 2023. IAMC Founder and President Audrey E. Kitagawa moderated the "Key Learnings" panel of the event.

Event
December 12, 2022

Engaging Faith Communities: G20 Agendas and Beyond

G20 Interfaith Forum
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The G20 Interfaith Forum Association and the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities jointly organized a forum on “Engaging Faith Communities: G20 Agendas and Beyond”, on the 12th/13th December in Abu Dhabi.

Event
November 16, 2022

CHINA Town Hall 2022 : Exploring Pathways to Peace in the U.S.-China Relationship

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

IAMC partnered with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations to host a conversation on China On Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Event
October 28, 2022

Prayer Vigil for Denuclearization & Peace

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons hosted a "Prayer Vigil for Denuclearization & Peace" on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Event
October 25, 2022

"Anti-Racism" Why the concept 'Unity in Diversity' doesn't work for everyone.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Faculté de Théologie Protestante de Bruxelles (FPTR) hosted a webinar on "Anti-Racism" on October 25, 2022 focusing on "Why the concept of Unity in Diversity" doesn't work for everyone.

Event
October 18, 2022

Birthing a New World – 13th Annual Global Oneness Summit & Celebration 2022

The Global Oneness Summit "Birthing a New World" gathered over 95 transformational leaders, spiritual visionaries, scientists, and musicians to celebrate the 13th Annual Summit. IAMC President/Founder participated in a panel on "The Spiritual State of the World" on October 18th, 2022.

Event
October 2, 2022

International Center for Religion and Diplomacy – Day of Nonviolence

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

IAMC President/Founder Audrey Kitagawa was one of the featured speakers at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy's 3-day observation of the UN International Day of Nonviolence.

Event
September 29, 2022

Meaningful World – 2022 United Nations International Day of Peace

Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa, Founder/President of IAMC was the keynote speaker for Meaningful World's observation of the 2022 United Nations International Day of Peace.

September 26, 2022

Remembering the True Self and the Sacred Nature of Service

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

An event on September 26, 2022 brought together thought leaders including IAMC President/Founder Audrey Kitagawa, Hawa Diallo, B.K. Sister Jayanti, and Carl Murrell to discuss ways that spiritual perspectives inform and elevate the valuable work of the United Nations. The discussion was moderated by Judy Rogers. The panel explored the inspirations, intentions, and inner awareness of service at the United Nations as well as the tangible and intangible returns of such service, and its sacred natur

Event
September 25, 2022

ACWAY Fellow Talks on "End Racism. Build Peace."

ACWAY (A Common Way Among the Youth) hosted a webinar on September 25, 2022 on the 2022 theme of International Day of Peace, "End Racism. Build Peace."

Event
September 22, 2022

The Diplomacy Imperative: Human Security, Illusory Security, and Nuclear Weapons

The Living Earth Movement presented a webinar featuring Ambassador James Goodby, Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., Jonathan Granoff - moderated by IAMC President/Founder Audrey E. Kitagawa. The event featured a special video presentation honoring Mikhail Gorbachev and George Shultz.

Event
September 21, 2022

International Day of Peace: 11 Days of Global Unity

Audrey E. Kitagawa

IAMC President/Founder Audrey E. Kitagawa participated in a livestreamed discussion on the topic of "Peace," part of the 11 Days of Global Unity.

Event
September 16, 2022

International Day of Peace Observance

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

IAMC Founder/President Audrey E. Kitagawa gave the opening remarks for the Committee of Religious NGOs' Internatinal Day of Peace Observance on September 16, 2022

Event
August 23, 2022

Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of India's Independence

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence, IAMC Founder/President Audrey E. Kitagawa was honored with a Citation presented by New York State Assemblyman, the Honorable Nader Sayegh of Yonkers, recognizing her global humanitarian efforts.

Event
August 22, 2022

Interfaith Leadership & Sustainable Development

Audrey E. Kitagawa

IAMC Founder/President Audrey E. Kitagawa was a guest speaker at the Interfaith Leadership and Sustainable Development event on August 22, 2022.

Event
August 16, 2022

Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Award and Youth Fusion

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

The Gorbachev/Shultz Legacy Youth Sward continues the nuclear disarmament legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Laureate and former U.S.S.R. President; and George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State and co-founder of Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.

Video
August 12, 2022

All Faiths Seminary 2022 Graduation, Ordination, and Celebration

IAMC Founder/President Audrey E. Kitagawa was the keynote speaker at the 2022 Graduation, Ordination, and Celebration of All Faiths Seminary International on August 12, 2022

Event
August 5, 2022

Nuclear Prayer Day 2022

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

On August 5, 2022, commemorating the 77th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, people around the world joined in prayer for a future free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

Event
August 3, 2022

Securing the Future: Disarmament Education as a Transformative Tool for Youth Empowerment

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

The Green Hope Foundation sponsored a Side Event on "Securing the Future: Disarmament Education as a Transformative Tool for Youth Empowerment" in conjunction with the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on August 3rd, 2022.

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July 29, 2022

The Blessed Summit Discussing Islamophobia in Society

The Hijaz Community hosted a 3-day "Blessed Summit" focusing on Islamophobia on July 29-31, 2022. IAMC President/Founder was a keynote speaker at this event.

Event
July 28, 2022

Creating an Ecological Civilization

Audrey E. Kitagawa
David Korten, PH.D.

The Living Earth Movement hosted a webinar on July 28, 2022 "Creating an Ecological Civilization" featuring speakers David Korten and Audrey E. Kitagawa. The event was moderated by Jeff Wells, and was co-sponsored by The iNternational Acdemy for Multicultural Cooperation.

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June 28, 2022

IRF Summit 2022

The G20 Interfaith Forum hosted the 2022 IRF Summit on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – “Addressing FoRB Concerns at the G20 Level" – a panel discussion about Freedom of Religion and Belief.

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June 24, 2022

Concrete Movement Toward Unitive Justice and Global Security

An hour-long roundtable with 9 experts, each involved for decades in the work toward creating the conditions for greater and more unitive justice and human security, explored what unitive justice may look like amidst our existential climate and political crises. The goal is to mobilize and empower a massive collective consciousness shift toward a federalist international structure as a new form of governance suited to the planetary challenges with justice and human security.

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June 23, 2022

Peace, Unity, and Cooperation for a Living Earth

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The Living Earth Movement and World Unity Week share a vision of promoting international peace, unity, and cooperation in the service of ecological harmony and the thriving of the whole ecosphere.

Event
June 21, 2022

IF20: European Policy Conversations of Religion and Sustainable Development

G20 Interfaith Forum

IF20: European Policy Conversations of Religion and Sustainable Development

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June 18, 2022

World Unity Week: Day One Opening Ceremony

The "Day One" Opening Ceremony of World Unity Week 2022 was held on June 18, 2022.World UNITY Week is an annual online 8-day event embracing the mid-year Solstice, Yoga Day, UN Refugee Day and a vast array of interconnected global content. This year World UNITY Week launches the 99 Days of Peace through Unity culminating in Peace Week in September (17-24).

Event
June 10, 2022

The Convergence — Humanity's Moment of Choice: Choosing Peace

There has been nothing more elusive in our human history than peace, although it is the most desired element in human life. Cycles of war and violence seem to repeat with each generation. How can we meet this challenge with vision and hope? It’s time for champions of peace—at personal and collective levels—to share their hearts, and share their visions.

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June 7, 2022

FIDELA, The Second Interreligious Forum of the Americas

Fidela took place in Los Angeles, California on June 6th and 7th, 2022 and brought together religious leaders, representatives of faith based organizations, academics and government officials to discuss practical recommendations to the Heads of State and government who will meet at the Ninth Summit of the Americas. The goal was to better contribute to better implementation and follow up of their commitments..

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May 31, 2022

Unitive Justice and Global Security

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

On the occasion of the Nautilus Award for Global Unitive Healing, a Synergy Circle was hosted by "Evolutionary Leaders" featuring Elena Mustakova, Jonathan Granoff, Audrey Kitagawa, Jude Currivan, and Scott Alan Carlin to discuss "Unitve Justice and Global Security"

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May 19, 2022

Multicultural Perspectives On The Forefront Of Global Issues

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

The G20 Interfaith Forum held its 2022 Pre-Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 19, 2022. The meeting featured focused discussion panels on 1) “The Role of Religion in Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Stability,” 2) “Tolerance and Multiculturalism: Regional and Religious Perspectives,” and 3) “Regional Perspectives on the Role of Religion in Dealing with COVID”.

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March 22, 2022

Sacred Prayers of 22 Women - March 22, 2022

Audrey E. Kitagawa

The Circle of 22 Women offered their Sacred Prayers and sang our Human Family and All Life back into balance and harmony.

Event
February 28, 2022

Reconciling Religions

Audrey Kitagawa, Founder/President of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation offered a short statement about the most significant message of her spiritual path, as part of AKSHA Foundation's "Reconciling Religions" event – part of their observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2022.

Event
February 25, 2022

Mining in the Congo, Eco Justice for all Dialogue

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Professor Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Ph.D.
Father Ferdinand Muhigirwa
Dr. Mindje Kolomba Bertin, J.D.

The problematic nature of mining exploitation was the topic of this panel. The panel discussed the ethical, spiritual and economic and geopolitical implications of mining exploitation in Africa and particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country blessed with vast mineral deposits and yet marred in misery and incessant armed conflicts.

Event
February 22, 2022

The Gift of Aloha (Love) In Selfless Service

The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC) and the Interfaith 'Ohana of Hawai'i present "The Gift of Aloha (Love) in Selfless Service". This panel will focus on the global challenges which humanity faces, and how their work seeks to make this world a better place – whether dealing with the nuclear threat, human security and well being, the fallout of the US’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the massive public health problems with sanitation in India, and mobilizing civil society around the world to come together in goodwill and peace.

Event
February 22, 2022

Lessons From My 7 and Half Years, Often 24/7 Work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Jonathan Granoff, J.D.
Dr. Clarence B. Jones

Lessons From My 7 and Half Years, Often 24/7, Work With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC), Voices for a Nuclear Free World (URI), and Global Security Institute (GSI) co-sponsored an event hosted by Charter for Compassion, featuring Dr. Clarence B. Jones, lawyer, advisor, speech writer, and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Event
February 19, 2022

The Gift of Aloha (Love) Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples Share Their Sacred Values

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Audrey Kitagawa, Founder & President of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC), moderated a webinar, “The Gift of Aloha (Love) Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples Share Their Sacred Values,” as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 19, 2022. The event brought together experts from the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean — New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Hawai’i, and the indigenous Karuk tribe of Northern California — who shared how the sacred values of their indigenous traditions guide their communities through their unique challenges.

Event
January 25, 2022

Unity Earth Symposium - Coming Home Together

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Ben Bowler
Unity Earth

This year, 2022 presents genuine opportunities to radically advance our collective mission of UNITY EARTH, empowering worldwide solutions for Unity, Purpose and Peace.

Event
December 8, 2021

Pray4Peace

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

We want everyone to Declare Peace on the world. What better place to start than Hawaii where the bombs fell that triggered the declaration of the worst war in history.

Event
December 4, 2021

The Interfaith Alliance Hawaiʻi: 2020 & 2021 Annual Community Awards Virtual Celebration

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

“Sharing Kindness in Difficult Times” was the theme for The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i’s Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday December 4th. This event honors outstanding service organizations and their selfless leaders.

Publication
December 1, 2021

The Sacred Quality of Water in Religious Beliefs and Practices

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

In an article in FEZANA Journal entitled, “The Sacred Quality of Water in Religious Beliefs and Practices” IAMC Founder/President Audrey Kitagawa shares the significance of water in various faith traditions.

Event
November 4, 2021

A Decade to Make a Difference: What Can Religions Do to Make a Difference?

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Global leaders discuss religions, and higher and public education for ecological civlization

Event
October 24, 2021

UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global We: Moving From Inner Transformation to Outer Transformation

Audrey E. Kitagawa

UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global We: Moving From Inner Transformation to Outer Transformation

Event
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.

Event
October 2, 2021

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

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.

Event
September 21, 2021

Climate Week Event

Audrey E. Kitagawa

An interactive and educational art exhibition at Arcadia Earth gallery, followed by a Jeffersonian Dinner to build partnerships with NGOs working towards climate action, featuring sustainable cuisine by Madhi Food. Distinguished guests included H.E. President Surangel S. Whipps Jr and First Lady Valerie Whipps from Palau, CEO’s and sustainable business partners, NGO leaders and community organizers who are dedicated to climate action and creating a regenerative future for our planet.‍

Event
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

Publication
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."

Event
July 29, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island (NHPI) communities are faced with unique challenges. In the Pacific islands and other coastal communities, climate change threatens the land, food security, and delicate eco-systems. Systemic barriers to equity, justice, and opportunity have compromised NHPI families and communities, limiting opportunities and threatening their safety.

Publication
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.

Event
June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

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?

Event
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.

Event
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.

Event
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.

Event
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.

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.

Event
May 5, 2021

Sexual Harassment in Interfaith Spaces

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

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.

Publication
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Publication
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.

Audio
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...

Audio
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...

Audio
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...

Audio
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...

Video
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.

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.

Event
September 19, 2023

Women as Powerful Agents of Transformation for Peace

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Women are powerful agents of global transformation, and they must be fully included in all aspects of peacebuilding. On September 19, 2023, as part of Peace Week 2023, a panel of women leaders will discuss why the participation of women is essential to achieve sustainable peace.

Event
February 20, 2023

NIU NOW: Reconnecting to the Tree of Life

Audrey E. Kitagawa
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Indrajit Gunasekara

NIU NOW: Reconnecting to the Tree of Life is a new film produced by IAMC and Niu Now. The film is about a grassroots group in Hawaii tackling the challenge of food security by cultivating coconuts (niu in Hawaiian) and reconnecting to the cultural heritage of the islands.

Event
February 19, 2022

The Gift of Aloha (Love) Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples Share Their Sacred Values

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai

Audrey Kitagawa, Founder & President of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC), moderated a webinar, “The Gift of Aloha (Love) Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples Share Their Sacred Values,” as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 19, 2022. The event brought together experts from the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean — New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Hawai’i, and the indigenous Karuk tribe of Northern California — who shared how the sacred values of their indigenous traditions guide their communities through their unique challenges.

Publication
August 27, 2021

Niu Now! Honoring our Coconut Heritage

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Indrajit Gunasekara

NiU NOW! is a community cultural agroforestry movement emerging on Oʻahu to affirm the importance of niu and coconut groves – uluniu. At the center of this movement is the re-establishment of a loving relationship with niu and the ancient knowledge practices of Hawai’i’s coconut heritage.

Event
July 29, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island (NHPI) communities are faced with unique challenges. In the Pacific islands and other coastal communities, climate change threatens the land, food security, and delicate eco-systems. Systemic barriers to equity, justice, and opportunity have compromised NHPI families and communities, limiting opportunities and threatening their safety.

Video
April 23, 2021

"A Whole Niu World: Indigenous Epistemology Rising!"

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer presented a program entitled "A Whole Niu World: Indigenous Epistemology Rising!" to the School of Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawai'i Hilo.

Publication
April 4, 2021

How the Westside is Restoring the Coconut Tree As a Food Source in Hawai'i

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Kuʻu Kauanoe

Indrajit Gunasekara, born in Sri Lanka, arrived in Hawaii in 2004. He was shocked to learn that the coconut was no longer a staple in Hawai‘i’s diet. He partnered with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer and formed the NiU Now! movement which is cultivating hundreds of seedlings for distribution to the community.

Publication
March 8, 2021

Niu Now, Niu Forever

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Chelsie Onaga

As part of their work with the Ho'ola ʻĀina Youth Food Sovereignty Congress, MA‘O Farms has collaborated with NiU Now! to bring awareness to food sovereignty and raise an important conversation around niu and its benefits to food security in Hawaii.

Publication
February 2, 2021

UH West Oʻahu Connects Niu Initiative with Traditional Practices

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Zenaida Serrano Arvman

The Uluniu Project at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu is an effort to engage in the practices of food security, cultural dissemination of knowledge, and the growing of student leadership through aloha ʻāina work.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Publication
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.

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.

Event
September 20, 2023

Bringing “Peace Through Unity:” An Interfaith Exploration

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

The Interfaith Movement has been a catalyst for change, peace, and unity for over a century. IAMC Founder/President Audrey Kitagawa joined a Peace Week panel discussion that focused on the many different ways that various religious and faith traditions are working toward creating “Peace through Unity”.

Event
February 22, 2022

The Gift of Aloha (Love) In Selfless Service

The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC) and the Interfaith 'Ohana of Hawai'i present "The Gift of Aloha (Love) in Selfless Service". This panel will focus on the global challenges which humanity faces, and how their work seeks to make this world a better place – whether dealing with the nuclear threat, human security and well being, the fallout of the US’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the massive public health problems with sanitation in India, and mobilizing civil society around the world to come together in goodwill and peace.

Event
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

Event
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

Event
June 25, 2021

Inner and Outer Peace, A Conversation

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?

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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?

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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Publication
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.

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.

Event
February 22, 2022

The Gift of Aloha (Love) In Selfless Service

The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC) and the Interfaith 'Ohana of Hawai'i present "The Gift of Aloha (Love) in Selfless Service". This panel will focus on the global challenges which humanity faces, and how their work seeks to make this world a better place – whether dealing with the nuclear threat, human security and well being, the fallout of the US’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the massive public health problems with sanitation in India, and mobilizing civil society around the world to come together in goodwill and peace.

Event
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.

Video
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.

Video
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)

Publication
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.

Video
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.

Video
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).

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Video
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.

Audio
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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