Domestic violence seminar in Alfas del Pi

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PROFESSOR JOHAN GALTUNG will lead a seminar at the Centro Social Platja Albir this weekend called ‘Violence against women: how to end the massacre the does not cease’.

Centro de Solucion de Conflictos, in collaboration with the City Council of Alfas del Pi has dedicated the seminar to ‘address this social scourge and to bring some light, from the prism of mediation and dialogue,’ (Rocio Guijarro – President of Municipal Promotion and Institutional Relations) after more than 800 femicides have been registered in Spain since domestic violence laws were enforced.

Galtung is a Norwegian sociologist, mathematician, and the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies.

Galtung is known for contributions to sociology in the 1950s, political science in the 1960s, economics and history in the 1970s, macrohistory, anthropology, and theology in the 1980s. He has developed several influential theories, such as the distinction between positive and negative peace, structural violence, theories on conflict and conflict resolution, the concept of peacebuilding, the structural theory of imperialism, and the theory of the United States as simultaneously a republic and an empire.

At the age of 84 he continues to work for Transcend International, a global network for peace, development and the environment founded in 1993.

Galtung settled in Alfas del Pi more than four decades ago and was pioneer behind the Centro de Solucion de Conflictos, which launched in June 2015 aiming to provide a space for reflection on issues, the meeting between parties, debate on solutions and learning effective methods to channel and resolve conflicts.

Galtung has most recently organised a cycle of monthly seminars on mediation along with the backing of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The domestic violence seminar also welcomes Elena Simon Rodriguez. Philology graduate and secondary school teacher for more than thirty years, she currently belongs to the Aula de Debate y Formacion Feminista (Debating and Feminist Training Hall) at the University of Alicante (UA) and Chairs the ‘Museo de Hechos y Derechos de las Mujeres’ (Museum of Facts and Rights of Women) Association.

Simon Rodriguez founded the Feminario de Alicante in 1980 and has collaborated as both a teacher and an expert, developing studies, training and dissemination of coeducation, equality between men and women, non-sexist language and gender analysis.

Also speaking will be Paloma Roman Marugan, PhD in Political Science, Professor of the Department of Political Science and Administration II at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and specialist in mediation and negotiation. Roman Marugan is also the deputy director of the magazine ‘Politics and Society’ and has written a variety of different books and articles, published both in Spain and abroad.

The seminar will be held on Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25 at the Centro Social Platja Albir. Entry is free but those wishing to attend should register by email as soon as possible – alfadeltapi2015@gmail.com.

On the Friday, there will also be a session open to the general public, where no prior registration is required.

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