INVITE: “IN A GENTLE WAY, YOU CAN SHAKE THE WORLD” MAHATMA GANDHI ~ THE MAN OF MILLENNIUM

“In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World” was deliberately chosen as a sub-title. It refers to his historical backdrop along with Gandhi’s belief in humanity at large, which applies even very much in present and future times to achieve global sustainable culture of peace in a “Gentle Way” yet “can shake the world” and change in a positive direction.  150 years have passed since his birth and 61 years since his assassination, yet world’s conditions, conflicts and wars are much harsher and tragic now than Gandhi’s lifetime or 20th century at large. Gandhi believed in inner peace, global peace and unity for all.

From the Concept Note | Pdf

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Report: UNSCR 1325 on PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM

On Thursday April 11, The Light Millennium led and hosted a UN related side event under the theme of Peace, Women, Security & Secularism (PWSS) in reflection of the 19th Anniversary of the Unite Nations Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Along with the UNSCR #1325 & Secularism main concept, the event presented in support of and in conjunction with the SDGs 5, 16 and 17.
Report on the UNSCR 1325 On PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM Event
by: Jonathon CUMMINGS,
Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization & in collaboration with Bircan Ünver, The Light Millennium

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I TOO NOW STATE THAT I AM A FEMINIST WITH THE HOPE THAT MANY OTHERS WILL ALSO FOLLOW

CONFERENCE ON
PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM
Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security
and
in support of SDGs #5, #16 and #17
by Sevgin OKTAY, Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications
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LAICISM IS TO TREAT ALL BELIEVERS AND NON-BELIEVERS EQUALLY, AND LEAVE RELIGION IN THE PRIVATE DOMAIN

Raising children with required values and as useful members of the society requires high qualities. Therefore, women, being the nation’s mothers, need to be more enlightened and progressive than men.
Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK

Presented by Mirat YAVALAR, Co-Founder & Treasurer,
ATATÜRK SOCIETY OF AMERICA
(UN – DGC – CSO)
at conference PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM


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VIOLENCE IS ENCOURAGED, PROTECTED AND EVEN NOURISHED UNDER THE SACRED MEANS OF RELIGION

I am honored to be here as a contemporary author of modern Turkey where great leader Atatürk introduced secularism, ninty one years ago.

I feel so lucky to have grown up in Atatürk’s Turkey,  and also in a family where girls, for generations, had been raised as praised individuals with rights to study, to choose their way of life,  to choose their husbands with whom they stood beside with love all the way. Those women were strong and brave and they set a great example for me.
Presented by
Nermin BEZMEN
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WHERE WE STAND ON AS A TURKISH-AMERICAN WOMEN ORGANIZATION IN THE U.S!

Excellencies, Mr. Faircloth, Colleagues, and Friends,
I am Sermin Özçilingir, President of the Turkish Women’s League of America (TWLA).
We are very excited to be a part of as one of the co-sponsors of the “PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY AND SECULARISM” program.  
In my speech, I would like to relate our organization’s mission and programs with SDG-5 and SDG-16 in connection with the secular education and democratic societies and institutions.
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EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH MUSIC EDUCATION

In commemoration of the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
Good Afternoon,
I am, Dr. Aysegul Durakoglu, honored to be a part of the Light Millennium’s Program on the Peace, Women, Security and Secularism to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution.  As an educator in higher education and an active musician, I would like to focus on education to empowering women to conquer their struggles in finding opportunity for an equal education;
and, to touch upon the issues of gender equality in the music industry.
Presented by Ayşegül DURAKOĞLU, PhD, Pianist and Professor of Music,
Stevens Institute of Technology.
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Invitation: PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM – April 11

Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security
and
In support of the SDGs#5, #16 and #17

Invitation (pdf) | as an image

Draft Concept Note
http://lightmillennium.org/events/2019/april-11-conceptnote-1325-and-secularism.pdf

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AN INVITATION TO TURKISH HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Do you speak TURKISH with your parents?
[TurkishLibrary.Us] For our international linguistic study, we are looking for English/Turkish bilinguals who . . . 
⎫ Are 14-18 or 23-36 years old
⎫ Were born in the U.S. or raised here since the age of 2
⎫ Can read and write in Turkish and English
⎫ Live in NYC/NJ
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BECOMING BILINGUAL

Photo©Lightmillennium

Part II of II– Interview | Part I
A. Becoming Bilingual

1. What was your motive to learn another language?

In early 1970’s in Turkey, learning another language was not a part of the public school system, in particular, in the elementary school and during the first five-year years. However, after elementary school, starting in the middle school, public school system offered one-foreign language option and once-a-week as 40 min. within the following three: English, French and German

I had chosen English. On the other hand, I realized that once-a-week and total 40 min. based on the memorizing vocabulary and reading The Smith Family story alone was not enough.

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A BILINGUAL FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANT

L.M.: A Bilingual First Generation Immigrant
by J.U.C.

One language is one-person and two languages are two-persons
Introduction
I have interviewed my own mom for this assignment, L.M. She was born and raised in Turkey, and as an adult became the first of her family to have legal residency in the United States.  She learned English by teaching herself before she came to the United States, where once she arrived,  the English language then became used in her daily vocabulary. [Read more…]

MAHATMA GANDHI IN TUNE

Celebrating Gandhi’s 149th Birthday, and in support of The United Nations’  International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, which is ‘the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for whom non-violence was at the center of his life and thought.’
Rene by WADLOW, President
Association of World Citizen
“I do not believe that the spiritual law works in a field of its own.  On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life.  It thus affects the economic, the social and the political fields.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi
For Gandhi, non-violence was an expression of spiritual law, the way in which the spiritual energy of the universe manifested itself in physical form. “There is a soul force in the universe which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”  There were three aspects of life in which Gandhi was particularly concerned with the expression of the spiritual law of non-violence.  The first was his own personal atunement with the spiritual energy, which he sometimes called ‘God’ or ‘Truth’ or ‘Love’ but often left unnamed.  He also believed that this spiritual atunement had to be followed by the persons working closely with him — a view which often led to difficulties as many of his followers saw non-violence as an effective technique against English domination and not necessarily as a guiding principle of life.

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VISUAL NOTES: THE 7th UN HLF on the CULTURE OF PEACE

Visual  Notes from the 7th United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace
Introduction of the following two photo albums:
PHOTO ALBUM – I 
The 7th UN HLF on the CULTURE OF PEACE
UNITED NATIONS HIGH LEVEL FORUM ON THE CULTURE OF PEACE
“‘Wars begin in the minds of men’.

 Of course, wars begin in the minds of both men and women. So, the sooner we can promote peace, in the minds of both men and women, the better. And that means starting from the first days of a child’s education.”
– His Excellency Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, President, 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
2018–THEME: 
”THE CULTURE OF PEACE:
A CREDIBLE PATHWAY TO SUSTAINABLE PEACE”
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19 MAYIS: TÜRK VE DÜNYA GENÇLİĞİNE ORTAK BİR MESAJ

Uyarlamadır:

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin kurucusu Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’ün “Gençliğe Hitabesi”nden uyarlanmış olan aşağıdaki metin, Türkiye’nin bugün ve geleceğinin tüm genç kuşaklarına olduğu kadar,  aynı zamanda  Birleşmiş Milletler’in “Gençlik ve Spor” Programları ve iki Dünya Günü (6 Nisan ve 12 Ağustos) çerçevesinde, dünya gençliğine de bir armağandır.
Bu ‘ortak mesaj’, ilk kez “Sağlıklı Gençlik Gelişimi, Sürdürülebilirlik  ve Barış için Spor” adlı, “The Light Millennium” un  West Park Lisesi, Manhattan da gerçekleştirilmiş olduğu 18 Mayıs 2015’de ki etkinliğinde Melis Çokuluslu ve Aybüke Ulutaş tarafından sunulmuş olup, İngilizce metin üzerinden Türkçe’ye Bircan Ünver tarafından uyarlanmıştır.
Bu mesaja, “Küresel Hedefler de Spor | ISPESCONGRESS2018” ana başlığında ki Nişantaşı Üniversitesi’nde 26 – 28 Nisan 2018 tarihleri arasında gerçekleştirilmiş olan konferansın 26 Nisan’daki Açılış Bölümü‘nü takip eden ilk panelde ki Power Point sunum için de yer verilmiştir.
Türkiye ve yeryüzünde yaşayan tüm gençlerin ve aklı-ruhu genç ve aydınlık olan her yaştan tüm gençlerin 19 Mayıs’ını yürekten kutluyorum. Aynı zamanda,  tüm Dünya Gençliği’ne de ülkeleri bazında ve küresel boyutta, 19 Mayıs’in özü ve vizyonunda GENÇLİK VE SPOR Bayramları diliyorum. – B.Ü.  19 Mayıs 2018

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IMPORTANCE OF AN ENABLING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PRESS FREEDOM

25th celebration of  World Press Freedom Day 2018
“KEEPING POWER IN CHECK: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”
A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable.  It is vital for sustainable development.  Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their services to the public is invaluable.  Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.  Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.  On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press in standing up for our right to truth.”
– H.W. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

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"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.