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Board member of IAWM, Gaby Franger, has participated in the conference Women and Peace. Using the arts to communicate across the cultures in the Georgian Republic. After one week of work the participants of 12 countires presented their results in the Georgian parliament and read the following declaration:

Declaration of the International Conference on Women and Peace:
Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures
Kobuleti / Tbilisi 2018

The International Conference on Women and Peace: Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures held in Kobuleti Georgia was historic. It assembled women artists and peace activists from 15 countries in Adjara Autonomous Republic situated on the Black Sea. The focus of the conference was on peace building to highlight women`s contributions in the field of art such as theater, music, dance and visual arts.

I was born to paint. I am using bright colours so people feel good. My role in peace building is still so small. I am teaching poor children to paint because I think that if children grow up with art they will be kind persons and will have a healthy society where people will live in peace. (Salome Batlidze, Georgia)

Cutting is destroying, and stitching is healing. This is the work with the textiles. “Living Fabrics” brings all these threads together to unite people, cultures, social groups, religions and nations. (Nesa Gschwend, Switzerland)

As a women’s museum we are weaving and stitching together, the powerful testimonies of resistance, dialogue and struggle of women for peace and justice (Gaby Franger, Museum of Women’s Cultures Regional- International, Germany)

I use my dance based on inspiring stories like Gandhi, Buddha, and use the body movements to make women stand erect with open chest, which gives them joy and confidence. (Gauri Kulkani, EKTA KALA MANCH, India)

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