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12. Oktober 2010

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This was the 2010 Career Gala

On October 4, 2010, SAVE was invited to present its strategies at Der Standardís 2010 Career Gala in front of 750 guests and to elucidate why women are especially well positioned to mobilize against ideologies of viole

Women Against Terrorism

The idea of smart power needs to be embraced so that there is less space for prejudice, says Edith Schlaffer (Women without Borders). Doing so will lead to a stronger culture of optimism.

There are more opportunities for engaging in civil society today than ever before, says Edith Schlaffer, Executive Director of Women without Borders. In 2008, she launched SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism), the world’s first female counter-terrorism platform. Her motivation: “… women are close to the action, but have very limited access to the necessary means.” SAVE is a think tank that works closely with organizations on the ground. She was honored as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century for her dedication and work. “Because we are better off, we have a moral responsibility to act,” says Schlaffer.

At the same time, she is working toward a culture of optimism. “Not without reservations,” she says, but without prejudice. The moderate potential of society must be heard more loudly. Because only when each individual is tamed can the world become a better place. “I do not believe in the good in the world per se, but I believe that we can make the world better,” she adds.

In order to do so, it is necessary to overcome fear of change and to be more optimistic when working to counter negative currents. “Because every day can be better than the day before.” (ost, DER STANDARD, Print edition 09/10/2010)

 
 

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