Gender Harmony (GH) at X.WEC (World Education Congress), Bali: 23-24 September 2013 <Muchas Gracias..., Senora!>

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30 Sep
Published by erna_surjadi

Bali, September 2013

The X.World Education Congress (X.WEC) has been conducted in Bali,  Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur from 23 t0 24 September 2013.

This congress which been coordinated by the COMEP - World Confederation of Private Education, Head office at Argentina, also in collaboration with UNESCO, IESALC (International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAEPLA (Federation of Private Educational Associations of Latin America and the Caribbean, CADEICE (one Confideration Community in Europe) and University Udaya, Bali, Indonesia.

The theme of the congress was: "Teaching to build the Peace".  Gender Harmony (GH) was invited to be presented and discussed within Education and Women's Empowerment session as one of the seven sessions presented during the conference that was attended about 130 persons. It is noted for countries participated to the X.WEC 2013, they were: United States, Chilli, Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain, China, India and Indonesia. It is believed that higher education could be a good entrance to build the peace to the world. Dr. Erna Surjadi PhD, the Director of Gender Harmony Foundation; has presented the material with power point show while some participants were listening the Spanish translation to the English narration using the headphone translator.

GH principles are in line to build the peace; due to it is build based on respect to human rights for unity of the family, community and country within communication which apparently best being delivered through education either formal or non formal such as: training, role play, dialogue, gender collaboration & empowerment, discussion, games etc.

The higher education has becoming complex and need to be delivered with higher quality, high technology and proper material needed while also considering cultural diversity or multiculturalism, good educational management, effective financial support, networking and possible agents of changes in education.  Prevention is always better than cure. Considering GH in education may save energy, time and prevent many problems of the world such as: domestic violence, early marriage, trafficking, prostitution, teen age pregnancy, TB/HIV in women/girls, maternal death, child malpractice, infant death and so on. The basic harmony relationship between men and women is considered important for family advancement. Women's empowerment is family advancement towards future investment.

Women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming have been endorsed by the world almost two decades ago since Beijing Platform for Action (1995). However, women's empowerment and gender equality cannot be achieved by changing the women only - it needs collaboration with men: a gender empowerment is needed! The persistent of patriarchy culture among people in the world, either developed or advanced countries needs to be handled with smart and effective tool to push it forward into egalitarian culture in supporting the gender equality and equity. GH was developed based on long research during 2003-2005, 2006-2008; and firstly launched in Indonesia on December 2010. GH is a promising tool against gender-based violence as proved by the study (supported by theoretical framework and being analyzed in scientific ways); and confirmed by testimonies from many countries during its journey from 2010 till present days. More implications are developed by using GH principles, such as in the areas of health, economic, social, education and political.

In this session another speaker in the panel; Dr. Nurmala Kartini Sjahrir, Her Excellency Ambassador Indonesia to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay has also emphasized the need of understanding gender within political leaders to put women's empowerment being useful for family development and country advancement. Gender and education must be promoted more for a better future of the world.  At the end with the moderator: Prof. Dr. Ni Luh Sutjiati Beratha MA, from Udayana University the panel discussion is closed with hopes that women's empowerment shall take important portion in education to support peace and harmony.

A side note after the GH session: Dr. Surjadi has received tight hugs from several participants to express their grateful. One of the participants dropped her tears and say thank you so much for the information about Gender Harmony. Muchas Gracias, Senora...

It is hoped that this harmony principles may be rolled on through education, particularly for youth; as snowball to help families, people, community and the world for family welfare. Gender Harmony (GH) for change!

No rights No Harmony; No Harmony No Peace and No Peace No Happiness!

PS: Slides is available in the Gender Harmony multimedia/image-gallery


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