Girl Guides Association of Cyprus host 44th Annual National Leaders Conference on the theme “Combat Violence Against Girls and Women. From a whisper to a shout"

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Cyprus - 44th National leaders Conference 1The Girl Guides Association of Cyprus' held their 44th Annual National Leaders Conference in February 2012 with  “Combat Violence Against Girls and Women.  From a Whisper to a Shout”  for theme.
One of the aims of the Conference was to come up with an action plan for the year 2012 to be implemented by the Girl Guides Association of Cyprus .  

The Ministry of Justice partially sponsored the conference. 

During the official opening of the Conference the Bishop of the hosting Guide District (Kyrenia District) addressed the Conference, the Mayor of the hosting district opened the works of the Conference, and the theme was presented by a group of Young Leaders.

The works started with a panel discussion.  Each panelist covered a different aspect of the theme:

Cyprus National Leaders ConferenceMrs Antigoni Papadopoulou, Member of the European Parliament – “Combating Violence against Girls and Women – The European aspect”

Mrs Lyda Koursoumba – the Commissioner for the Protection of Children’s Rights – “Establishing a society without violence according to the Convention of the Children’s Rights”

Mrs Stella KyriakidouMember of the Cyprus House of Representatives and a Psychologist – “From a whisper to a shout – the Psychological Dimension”

Dr Martha ApostolidesPresident of the Counselling Committee for Combating Violence in the family   “The Role of Non Formal Education in combating Violence against Girls and Women”

A very vivid discussion followed the presentations of the invited speakers.  All speakers offered to work very closely with the Girl Guides Association of Cyprus on the issue.

The second day of the Conference started with a workshop “Theatre of the Oppressed” by a Trainer on Human Rights and Empowerment of Women, followed by group discussions.  The questions that were discussed related to the theme of the Conference were:

  1. What are the risks and influences of Mass Media including Internet in the increase of cases of all types of violence and in what way we can help our members to develop the right resistance and reaction mechanisms.
  2. Give suggestions of an action plan for a project on the theme to be incorporated in the Branches’ programme of 2012. 
  3. Is it easy for a child to distinguish between violence and punishment?  Do you believe that punishment should be included in the education of children and what is the boundary between punishment and violence?
  4. Through which activities of the Guiding programme do you think that we protect and empower girls in such a way that they are able to face and escape from violence cases?  In your opinion what else can we incorporate into our programme in order to succeed even more in the empowerment and protection of girls.

All recommendations that arose from the group discussions will be considered by the relevant committees and a final action plan will be prepared to be implemented in the programme of all branches.

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