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Conference Speakers 2014 - Day 1

Session 1: Making a Global Connection || Session 2: Sailing through Opposites

Her Excellency Shiranthi Wickremesinghe Rajapaksa
First Lady, Sri Lanka

Session: Making a Global Connection

"We women can move from being a mother, sister, wife, friend, professional, and healer of the hearts all in one day. This is touched through harmony with oneself connecting with various elements of society and creating interdependency."
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The Honorable Ms. Aliza Lavie
Member of Parliament, Israel

Session: Making a Global Connection

"Women have flexibility and strength to achieve real change in our society and to pursue new paths through life changing events."
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Her Excellency Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar
Minister of Women's Affairs, Afghanistan

Session: Making a Global Connection

"I am proud to express the courageous efforts that the women of my country have made. Today the Afghan women with support from international partners, despite challenges, for example tradition, poverty and illiteracy, play their role in creating and coordinating global, regional and local relations."
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The Honorable Hijran Huseynova
Chairwoman of the State Committee for Family,
Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan

Session: Making a Global Connection

"We should remember that we couldn't make any change by using violence. Violence leads to more violence. Society itself should be open to the change and necessity of their implementation."
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Your Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Former president, Sri Lanka

Session: Making a Global Connection

"True leaders possess the gift to inspire others to subdue and control the animal within others and lift out the good and humane in them. Such leaders have the ability to give a nation the strength to reach unconquered heights".
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The Honorable Rita Bahuguna Joshi
President Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, India

Session: Making a Global Connection

"We are in our own ways empowered - we are in our own ways representing different sections of the society; we have in our own ways crossed hurdles to reach where we are today."
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The Honorable Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi
National Spokesperson BJP, Lawyer, Supreme Court & Socio-Political Activist, India

Session: Making a Global Connection

"Dharma ( Righteousness) is the protector and it is our duty to protect the dharma, it is what should be the motto and that is the only way we can all resolve the conflict and make a harmonious society."
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The Honorable Madam Lizin
Honorary Speaker of Belgian Senate, Belgium

Session: Making a Global Connection

"I say that the leaders must have personal goals and goals for the world. When they are in harmony it begins to be possible to solve social challenges.We as women need to be connected is the real objective that we should have in the world if we want to fight for women rights."
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The Honorable Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani
Union Minister For Human Resource Development, Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha representing the State of Gujarat, BJP National Vice President, India

Session: Making a Global Connection

"It is extremely essential for the women to be educated, to be employed, to be treated as human beings, where every women is given a right to live her life with dignity, the right to live her life in peace and the right to live her life in such a fashion that she can encourage others to treat everyone as equals and to provide such opportunities to men and women alike."
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Ms. Monika Griefahn
Board Member, Right Livelihood Award and Politician, Germany

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"To have human rights is one important thing, but to have a natural environment is another important thing. You need on one hand, the dignity and the human rights, and you need on the other hand, a clean environment. "
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The Honorable Ms. Berit Reiss-Andersen
Chairperson of Bar Association, Norway

Session: Making a Global Connection

"This is the position of women that we have the same abilities, we can solve problems good or bad as anybody else, but coming together here I encourage you that you do have the right to connect with the disconnected and that we as women also see this as our duty and as our challenge."
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The Honorable Naida Glavish
Maori Party President, New zealand

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"It is we here today in gatherings like this that will be agents of change; for the unborn child, for the legacy that we will leave for tomorrow."
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Ms. Parveen Gill
Professor, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, Canada

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"What a blessing it is to be a woman and you can contribute so much to the entire world by spreading smiles, the peace and the joy."
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Smt. Vimla Mehra
Director general, Tihar Jail, India

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"We have to be natural and make others also natural, calm and collected so that it is a win win situation for them and for all of us."
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Ms. Cristina Schwander
Founder of Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21,
Founder of Casa Macuca/Conin,
Córdoba Center for Prevention and Control of Child Malnutrition, Argentina

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"I believe that the huge change in this world are done by people who take responsibility and action. To be a leader is to bring change; it is to open paths with courage and to do what no one else did; to break walls. These are the leaders that are changing the world today."
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Ms. Rani Dhaliwal
Vice President, Finance & Administrative Services,
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning,
Toronto, Canada

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"My focus today is on what I do outside of being a woman and a family raiser and nurturer, mother, sister and daughter. I have always had this feeling inside of what more can I do?"
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Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe
Sri Lankan Professor of English Founding Director, Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Session: Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural

"Opposites can be seen as construing dualism and as interdependent. In other words, there can be no female without male, there can be no light without darkness, no good without evil, and actually no opposites without similarities."
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MEP. Peterle Alojz Peterle
Former Prime Minister of Slovenia, S-2 Magdelana, Slovenia

Session: Making a Global Connection

"Inner peace is requisite for outer peace. Inner peace is our responsibility and our chance. The more we discover our true human nature the stronger will be our inner peace which is the essential dimension for happiness."
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