Bangalore: The Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore, India, will host its sixth International Women’s Conference (IWC) from February 7-9, 2014. The conference, inspired by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living Foundation, will bring together eminent personalities and women leaders from over 100 countries around the world. The theme of IWC2014 is ‘Harmony - Evolution towards Perfection’. BhanumathiNarasimhan, Chairperson of IWC, explained that the challenges of our globalized world require innovative solutions to restore harmony, both at the societal and individual level. She said, “Caring and sharing are the foundation for harmony. As women, these qualities are inherent in us. We have the natural ability to unite diverse people in a family, and maintain harmony. We have to extend this ability, expand our circle of influence and reach out to more people who need our support. When we do this, the direct result is peace.”
IWC provides a platform for women and key policy and decision makers to engage in dialogue and share best practices. The conference has two key agendas: advancing the status of women in fragile and post-conflict states and promoting girl child education.
The upcoming conference will highlight approaches that help individuals maintain harmony in challenging circumstances. It will explore ways to reinforce spirituality and human values in society as a means to establish harmony.
Says H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.”
Women achievers and leaders will discuss ways to address societal challenges in a sustainable manner, taking the world from conflict to peace, from corruption to good governance, from crime toward non-violence and, ultimately, creating harmony between our inner selves and the outer world.
Every IWC recognizes and honors women with the prestigious Vishalakshi Awards, instituted in the memory of Sri Sri’s mother. The recipients are selected from distinctive women who have contributed to the welfare of society and spearheaded change and created awareness on social issues. Interactive and informal discussions with speakers, meditation, yoga, cultural activities for all attendees will add to the flavour of the conference.
Eminent personalities from diverse fields participated in past IWCs including first ladies of Mauritius and Sri Lanka, Members of Parliament from Europe, Afghanistan, South Africa, ballet dancers from Russia, artists from Bulgaria, classical artists from India, and business, social and political leaders from over 100 countries.
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