With the vision of Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami, a Catholic filmmaker, and the long dialogue and commitment with Hedva Goldschmidt, an Orthodox Jewish producer and distributor in the field of cinema, the project set forth.
Lia had the idea for the group and the concept was welcomed by Hedva and from the other women that were recruited to the program, at first with a slight fear, and then with great enthusiasm.

In 2009, in Trento, eight leading women coming from different walks of life from the Holy Land met for the first time to tear down the walls of prejudice and discover common grounds through dialogue.
Since then, the group has been meeting every two years in Trento, as well as hosting several Italian delegations which have visited the holy city of Jerusalem.

The main participants of the group

ADINA BAR SHALOM

Ultra-Orthodox Jew, Israel-Founder of the Haredi College in Jerusalem. She is involved in many activities promoting advancement in Israeli society and reconciliation between secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox sectors of the Jewish population. She is also active for creating inter-religious bridges and she has recently received the Israeli Prize for her lifetime achievements.

FATEN ZENATI

Arab Muslim, Israel-Activist and the director of the Lod Community Centre that is open to Jews and Muslims.

LIA G. BELTRAMI

Christian Catholic, Italy-Filmmaker and manager, president of the company Aurora Vision. She is the artistic director of the exhibition of Vatican Pavillion at Expo Milano 2015 and Astana 2017. Her life is dedicated to promoting dialogue and to build bridges. She was the founder of Religion Today Film Festival.

EVELYN ANITA STOKES-HAYFORD

Christian, Ghana-Former Ambassador of Ghana to Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and former Permanent Representative of Ghana to FAO, IFAD, WFP. She was the President of the Executive Board of WFP for2014.

HEDVA GOLDSCHMIDT

Orthodox Jew, Israel-Founder of Go2Films in 2005, she is a well-known Israeli film activist and distributor. Prior to that, she headed the Distribution Department at The Ma'ale Film School and worked as graphic designer and illustrator.

NUHA FARRAN

Arab Christian, Israel-the Managing Partner at Tannous Law firm, one of the leading law offices in Israel specialising in class action law suits, in the past Nuha has fulfilled several senior positions with the Jerusalem International YMCA, and the YMCA of USA.

Today the group has spread to five continents, and aims to provide women with an open platform, women leaders in different religious communities and from areas of conflict, to commit and share their personal and professional experience of maternity and the challenge of raising up a family in a world full of conflict.

This new phase, aspires to reflect healthy living values on young generations, women and men, values based on respect, tolerance, and peaceful co-existence.

PARTICIPANTS IN VARIOUS EDITIONS

SUHA IBRAIM, Bedouin women movement, Israel ◇ BASIMA HALABI, Druse ◇ MIRA AWAD Arab Singer, Jerusalem ◇ CECILIA SANGIORGI journalist, Italy ◇ DGANIT FACHIMA Haredi, Jerusalem ◇ THEILA BAR SHALOM Orthodox Jewish, Lod ◇ GILLI MENDEL Jerusalem Cinematheque ◇ NATALIA MORALES HERRERA Colombia ◇ Women from Kosovo minorities ◇ ADALBERTA BERNARDINI Religions for Peace ◇ KRISTINE MAC MILLAN United States ◇ ANGELICA CALO’ LIVNE’ Galilee, Israel ◇ BERNADETTE SCHRAMM United Kingdom ◇ VALERIA LORENZI St. John of God, Dublin ◇ NORA CASEY Ireland ◇ DONNA KENNEDY Ireland
Dr. CARLO SPAGNOLLI Zimbabwe ◇ Sheik ABDULAZIZ BUKARI Jerusalem ◇ PADRE PAOLO DALL’OGLIO Syria
ALBERTO BELTRAMI musician, Italy ◇ ANTHONY MAZZELLA musician, USA ◇ IDAN RAICHEL musician, Israel

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