Femina Vox:

Voices for Women’s Rights

Peace Education and Social Justice

Created and Hosted by Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace

​This forum, honoring the United Nations International Day of Women’s Rights, is a joint project of the members of the Global Peace Education Network. The conference will be hosted and created by Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace. It features legendary activist/actress Claudia Cardinale, Nobel Laureate human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, award-winning business coach Carol Kauffman, former US diplomatic advisor Stephenie Foster, Royal Thai sustainability coordinator Pear Wongtitirote, and TPRF Peace Education Program Director Willow Baker. Registration is free of charge. Please consider making a donation to cover the cost of the conference.

March 7th 2023
Spanish and French translation available within the Zoom webinar.
La traducción al español está disponible al registrarse en Zoom.
La traduction française est disponible en se connectant  à Zoom.


WELCOME – 7:00 pm

  1. Guila Clara Kessous, PhD. UNESCO Artist for Peace, Harvard University
  2. Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

RURAL LIFE – 7.15 pm

  1. Dr. Guila Clara Kessous
  2. Dena Eakles – Founder, Echo Valley Farm, Echo Valley Hope; author, The Peaceful Warrior
  3. Alan Caillaud, co-director Moulin du Pont Rû
  4. Christine Gabel, Departmental Delegate to Women’s Rights
  5. Eric Jollet, Procurator


  1. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Laureate, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer
  2. Barayé | Clip de soutien au soulèvement iranien réalisé par Marjane Satrapi
  3. Claudine Monteil, writer, historian, President of “Femmes Monde”
  4. Hend Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France
  5. Nathalie Roret, Director, National Judiciary School (ENM)
  6. Colonel Isabelle Orefice, Police Commander, Allier, France


  1. Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, Introduction
  2. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye) Feat. Sara Bareilles | Playing For Change | Song Around The World
  3. Jamia Wilson, Vice President & Executive Editor at Penguin Random House, New York
  4. Shannon Gale, Station Manager, GCTV, Guilford, CT
  5. Selvam Thorez, Senior Advisor Asian University of Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  6. Willow Baker, Program Director, TPRF Peace Education Program, Los Angeles; Lumke Ngxoli, Media Strategist, Cape Town, South Africa


  1. Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, Introduction
  2. Michel Jonasz, Singer-Songwriter
  3. Richard Attias, Executive Chairman Of Richard Attias & Associates
  4. Azim Naim, President, Afghanistan/France Association
  5. Dr Alain Toledano, co-founder and President of Rafaël Institute
  6. Maurice Lévy,, Chairman,Supervisory Board, Publicis Groupe

CONCLUSION – 10:15 pm

  1. Claudia Cardinale, Actor/Activist
  2. Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, Conclusion


Guila Clara Kessous,

Guila Clara Kessous, PhD. UNESCO Artist for Peace and Peace Ambassador, Harvard University
A UNESCO Peace Ambassador and an executive coach using theatrical techniques to enhance corporate communication and help heal those who have suffered from prior trauma. A French human rights artist and academic. She was nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace for her dedication in the arts and human rights and Knight of Arts & Letters by the French Ministry of Culture for her work on the influence of French culture overseas.


Gabriela Ramos

Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO


Rural Life

Dena Eakles

Dena Eakles is the author of The Peace Warrior; founder of Echo Valley Farm a community sustained farm in southwestern Wisconsin; and founder of Echo Valley Hope, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance sustainable living and peace.  Dena currently serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.  You can find their weekly blog at


Alan Caillaud

Alan Caillaud, Co-Director, Moulin de Pont Rû 

Alan’s career ranges from hotel and restaurant industries to humanitarian endeavors, with the common thread of caring for people. He is now co-director of the Moulin de Pont Rû Association, a social and rural retreat offering spaces for healing and support.   He facilitates yoga, mediation, breathing techniques and stress management. 




Christine Gabel

Christine Gabel

Departmental Delegate to Women’s Rights

Eric Jallet

Social Justice

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize 2003

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian political activist, lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. In 1975, she became Iran’s first woman judge. After the Islamic Revolution in February 1979, all female judges were dismissed. In 1992, she was finally able to obtain a law license and open a law practice.


Claudine Monteil

Claudine Monteil is a French writer, women’s rights specialist, historian, and a former French diplomat.

Claudine Monteil (born 1949) is a French writer and women’s rights specialist. She holds a PhD on Simone de Beauvoir‘s writings and life. She was inspired by the example of her mother, Dr Josiane Serre, a chemist and president of the École Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles (ex-Sèvres), the equivalent of one of the Seven Sisters. Her father is the mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre, Fields medal and Abel prize.

Dr Monteil is one of the founders of the women’s rights movement in 1970. She is also a specialist on Simone de Beauvoir. While working on women’s rights, she was a long close friend of Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Beauvoir’s sister, the painter Hélène de Beauvoir.

Hend Al Otaiba

Hend Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France

Hend Al Otaiba currently serves as the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France. She previously worked as director of communications at Abu Dhabi Media and as an advisor on issues of international diplomacy to the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Nathalie Roret

Nathalie Roret, Director, French National School for the Judiciary (ENM)

Nathalie Roret is Director of the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM), the first woman to hold the post and the first director who was not a judge.  She served as Vice-Chair of the Paris Bar Association.  She has practiced law for 30 years specialising in criminal law, in matters of compliance and criminal liability, public health, the environment and cybercrime. She is trained in alternative dispute resolution and serves regularly as a mediator.





Colonelle Isabel Orefice

Colonelle Isabel Orefice, Police Commander, Allier, France

Colonelle Orefice is group commander of the Allier Gendarmerie, including 450 officers and 250 reservists.

Arts, Education, Engagement

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson, VP/Executive Editor, Penguin Random House

Jamia Wilson is an American writer, commentator, and feminist activist based in New York City. She is currently Vice President & Executive Editor at Random House and was formerly the Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press at CUN


Marek Halter

Marek Halter, Author, Activist

Marek Halter is a French writer and activist, known best for his historical novels, which have been translated into English, Polish, Hebrew, and many other languages.

Shannon Gale

Shannon Gale, Public TV Station Manager

Shannon Gale has managed Guilford Community Television (GCTV) since 2003, providing instructional and technical support to producers of all ages.   She also owns Visual Clarity providing audio and video production, graphic design, photography and social media management to healthcare providers, government and not-for-profits.  Building upon her own success mastering significant physical challenges, she pioneers media education for those with a variety of impairments.

Selvam Thorez

Selvam Thorez

Senior Advisor  Asian University of Women,
Chittagong, Bangladesh

Lumke Ngxoli

Lumka Ngxoli, Media Strategist

South Africa

Willow Baker

Program Director of The Prem Rawat Foundation’s Peace Education Program, Ambassador for Institute for Economics and Peace, Chairperson, Rotary International Peacebuilder Club and former Professor of specialized English in Paris at CELSA, the Sorbonne University’s communication and journalism school.

Positive Masculinity

Michel Jonasz

Michel Jonasz is a French composer-songwriter, singer and actor. His compositions include: La boîte de jazz, Joueurs de blues and Les vacances au bord de la mer. Born of Hungarian immigrant parents, Michel Jonasz left school at the age of 15 to find his way in the arts.


Richard Attias

Richard Attias

Executive Chairman Of Richard Attias & Associates

Azim Naim

Azim Naim

Afghanistan/France Association

Dr Alain Toledano

Dr. Alain Toledano
President of the Rafaël Institute
Co-founder of the Rafaël Institute
Dr. Toledano, a noted French oncologist, founded the Rafaël Institute in 2018 – the first European center for integrative medicine.  He is Director of the Research Chair in Integrative Health at the CNAM (Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers). Dr. Toledano is former chief of Cancerology and Medicine at American Hospital of Paris. In 2013, he was appointed Knight of the National Order of Merit

Maurice Levy

Maurice Lévy

Chairman, Supervisory Board,
Publicis Groupe


Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale

Actress, Activist


Pear Wongtitirote

Pear Wongtitirote, Graphic Recorder

At the Royal Thai Embassy in Stockholm, Pear is the central contact and information facilitator for Nordic and Thai businesses. She is a member of the organizing team for Art of Hosting Karlskrona, an annual training where experienced international facilitators learn tot build community, activate collective intelligence and foster collaborative leadership in a complex world.

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