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유럽 스코틀랜드지부 ‘여성의 존엄성’ 주제로 스코틀랜드 정부와 함께하는 여성연합 회의

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2012년 12월 12일 국제 여성 폭력 배제 협회 공동주관으로 스코틀랜드 국회에서 처음으로 여성연합 회의가 개최되었다. 50명의 청중과 스코틀랜드 정부 3당의 국회의원들이 함께하였다.


해밀턴, 라크홀과 스톤하우스의 국회의원이자 여성과 아동 폭력 위원회 부의장이신 Christina McKelvie 박사께서 환영인사와 여성연합을 소개를 했다.


또한 ‘평화를 위해 촛불을 밝히다’라는 연설문과 함께 팔레스타인 여성의 사진 전시회에서 느꼈던 기억들을 공유해주었다.


소수 여성의 정치문제를 담당하는 Mukami McCrum 박사는 여성연합에서 느꼈던 ‘따듯함과 환영’에 감명을 받았다는 인사말과 더불어 여성 폭력, 사회에서 가지고 있는 남성과 여성의 공통 인식을 짚어주었다.


유럽 여성연합 회장이자 여성연합 유엔사무국 부국장인 Carolyn Handschin은 최근의 브뤼셀과 로마에 있었던 행사들의 관한 소식과 국제 여성 폭력 배제 협회의 역사소개와 함께 “전 세계적으로 여성 국회의원은 13%밖에 안 된다고 한다. 여성과 남성이 함께 일함으로써 조화를 이룰 수 있는 한 가정이 되어야 한다”며 여성의 리더십에 중점을 두고 연설을 했다.


여성연합은 16년 동안 매년 중동여성평화외의를 준비해온 Handschin 회장은 중동의 여성들이 가정과 사회를 보살피면서 지도자의 자리를 지켜나가는 것에 깊은 감명을 받았다고 했다. 또한 2002년 가자 지구에서 자신의 가족을 잃었음에도 불구하고 다음날 개최된 UN 회의에 참석했던 한 여성을 소개하며 여성들이 받아온 상처들을 치료를 해주는 과정이 필요하다 는 메시지를 끝으로 회의를 마쳤다. 

 


WFWP Scotland Conference on the Dignity of Women Scottish Parliament, 12th December 2012
(In association with the International Day for the Elimination of
Violence against Women)


This was the Women’s Federation for World Peace’s first conference at the Scottish Parliament. A lively audience of 50, including members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) from 3 parties, filled Committee Room 1 for this evening event.


Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, and co-convener of the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Men’s Violence against Women and Children, welcomed us all, briefly introduced the WFWP, and then set the tone by telling us of her memory of an exhibition photo of Palestinian women sharing their culture, before reading a few words from “Light a Candle for Peace.”


Mukami McCrum, Minority Ethnic Women’s Issues policy manager, began
by saying how struck she was by the way WFWP works . “the warmth and the welcome.” She then pointed to the differences in common perceptions of dignity for men (state, power, control) and women (good, clean, demure, gentle), before turning to talk more specifically about violence directed at women. She called for a change in terminology from “traditional” practices (when referring to such violence as genital mutilation and honour killings) to
“harmful” practices, pointing out that many traditional practices are not harmful, while these particular, harmful ones do not deserve the name “traditional.” She added that in many societies women don’t question such practices because they have been normalised.


Before moving on to introduce the next speaker, Christina McKelvie reminded us that Mukami had been more than modest about what she does, pointing out that she works with the Scottish government, giving valuable advice on various issues, and has also been awarded the M.B.E.


Carolyn Handschin, International Vice President for Europe of WFWP and deputy director of WFWP International’s UN office, speaking briefly about recent events in Brussels and Rome, treated us to some of the history behind the International Day for the elimination of Violence against
Women. Showing a postage stamp from the Dominican Republic, she told the story of 3 sisters who were assassinated in that country in 1960. Imprisoned and tortured for speaking out against the country’s then dictator, they refused to be quiet when released. Their assassination galvanized the nation, the dictator was deposed, and the 3 sisters became national heroes.


Mrs Handschin then turned her focus to the theme of leadership, pointing out that women need to see themselves not just as victims but as problem-solvers and developers.
Pointing out that, worldwide, only 13% of women are parliamentarians, she commended the Scottish parliament for managing 37%. As a mother of 7 and grandmother of 3, with a loving husband “who often accompanies me to WFWP events”, Carolyn acknowledged the short-term value of aggressive feminism but expressed a preference for another model, “where men and women work together, as in a well-functioning family”.


For 16 years, WFWP has been holding annual conferences for peace in the Middle East, and Mrs Hanschin has been involved with the coordination of these for the past 10 years.
She was struck by the strength of the women of the Middle East, who manage to maintain their femininity even as leaders, managing big families and also working for the community. One session in 2002 included a woman at the UN who had lost a relative in an incident in Gaza the previous day. What began with incredible tension led to women from both sides speaking openly about their pain and - following a necessary break - ended up as an incredible discussion about reconciliation. This element
of depth is missing usually when such issues are discussed. “Women need to be part of this process”, Carolyn concluded.


Turning to human rights, which she described as “one paradigm” through which to work for peace, Mrs Handschin shared a favourite definition from Kofi Annan: “the principles by which we create the sacred home for human dignity.” Rights, however, are accompanied by corresponding duties, and we have a duty to create a culture whereby people do not need convincing of such duties. The key to such a culture is the family-not a patriarchy, and not a matriarchy, but a “familiarchy” where every component of the
family has a role to teach and learn from the others.


Chritina McKelvie had a tough job bringing things to a close. There were many questions and comments, but her own ones gave us a good sense of the value of the evening: “Events like this fill me with hope,” she said, adding: “Here we have a saying that goes, “Work as if you’re in the early days of a better nation.” Maybe we should work as if we’re in the early days of a better humanity.” Tea and mince pies were enjoyed by those who could drag themselves away from the general after-chatter.

 

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