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"They Never Left, They Never Arrived": The Life and Work of Samia Bamieh of Palestine

"They Never Left, They Never Arrived": The Life and Work of Samia Bamieh of Palestine

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Samia Bamieh is a founding member and respected leader of the International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) and chairperson of its Palestinian Steering Committee. Bamieh, one of the experts who helped formulate the Palestinian government’s Plan of Action on gender after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, was the director of gender policies and training in the Palestinian Directorate of Gender and Development of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. She then served in the same ministry as director of U.N. and International Organizations and director general of European Affairs, and was a member of the committee assigned to draft a Palestinian constitution under Minister Nabeel Shaath.

Bamieh has been involved for over 30 years in promoting women’s rights and roles in politics and decision making. Her civil society activism includes being a member of Jerusalem Link, the coordinating body of two independent women’s organizations (the Jerusalem Center for Women on the Palestinian side and the Jerusalem Women’s Action Center on the Israeli side) that promote a shared set of political principles for coexistence and the resolution of the conflict. Bamieh continues to be engaged in efforts to build a civil, political society for a future Palestinian state. In spite of having suffered from war, occupation and disappointing peace efforts, Bamieh has chosen to take paths that allow her to support and inform new ways of thinking about the conflict and how peace and communities might be restored.
Samia Bamieh is a founding member and respected leader of the International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) and chairperson of its Palestinian Steering Committee. Bamieh, one of the experts who helped formulate the Palestinian government’s Plan of Action on gender after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, was the director of gender policies and training in the Palestinian Directorate of Gender and Development of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. She then served in the same ministry as director of U.N. and International Organizations and director general of European Affairs, and was a member of the committee assigned to draft a Palestinian constitution under Minister Nabeel Shaath.

Bamieh has been involved for over 30 years in promoting women’s rights and roles in politics and decision making. Her civil society activism includes being a member of Jerusalem Link, the coordinating body of two independent women’s organizations (the Jerusalem Center for Women on the Palestinian side and the Jerusalem Women’s Action Center on the Israeli side) that promote a shared set of political principles for coexistence and the resolution of the conflict. Bamieh continues to be engaged in efforts to build a civil, political society for a future Palestinian state. In spite of having suffered from war, occupation and disappointing peace efforts, Bamieh has chosen to take paths that allow her to support and inform new ways of thinking about the conflict and how peace and communities might be restored.

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Published by: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on Oct 01, 2012
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“THEY NEVER LEFT, THEY NEVER ARRIVED”
*
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 The Life and Work of Samia Bamiehof Palestine
*quotation by Mahmoud Darwish 
By Theresa de Langis, Peace Writer
Edited by Emiko Noma*This material may only be used with permission from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
Contact ipj@sandiego.edu, with “Women PeaceMakers – 
 
Narrative Permissions” in the subject line.
 
2007 Women PeaceMakers Program
 The Women PeaceMakers Program is made possible by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation
 www.sandiego.edu/peacestudies/ipj
 
 TABLE OF CONTENTSI.
 
 About the Women PeaceMakers Program
……………………………… 2
II.
 
Biography of a Woman PeaceMaker — 
Samia Bamieh ………………… 3
III.
 
 A Note to the Reader
……………………………………………………..
 
4
IV.
 
Chapters
a.
 
 Al-Nakba 
……………………………………………………………….b.
 
“What is Palestine?” ……………………………………………………c.
 
Coming to Political Commitment ………………………………………d.
 
 A Second Nakba: The Lebanese Civil War and the 1982Israeli Invasion …………………………………………………………e.
 
14 Years on the Road …………………………………………………..f.
 
Coming Home ………………………………………………………….51222324360
 V.
 
Biography of a Peace Writer — Theresa de Langis
…………………….
 
73
 VI.
 
 Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
………………………………
 
74
 VII.
 
University of San Diego
…………………………………………………..
 
75
 VIII.
 
Endnotes
…………………………………………………………………..
 
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 THEY NEVER LEFT, THEY NEVER ARRIVED BAMIEH — PALESTINE WOMEN PEACEMAKERS PROGRAM JOAN B. KROC INSTITUTE FOR PEACE & JUSTICE JOAN B. KROC SCHOOL OF PEACE STUDIESUNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO2
 
 ABOUT THE WOMEN PEACEMAKERS PROGRAM
Made possible through a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, the Joan B.Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s (IPJ) Women PeaceMakers Program annually hosts four womenfrom around the world who have been involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in theircountries. Women on the frontline of efforts to end violence and secure a just peace seldom recordtheir experiences, activities and insights – as generally there is no time, or, perhaps, no formaleducation that would help them record their stories. The Women PeaceMakers Program is aselective program for leaders who want to document, share and build upon their uniquepeacemaking stories. Selected peacemakers join the IPJ for an eight-week residency. Women PeaceMakers are paired with a Peace Writer to document in written form their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. The peacemakers’ storiesare also documented on film by the IPJ’s partner organization Sun & Moon Vision Productions. While in residence at the institute, Women PeaceMakers give presentations on their work and thesituation in their home countries to the university and San Diego communities. The IPJ believes that women’s stories go beyond headlines to capture the nuance of complexsituations and expose the realities of gender-based violence, thus providing an understanding of conflict and an avenue to its transformation. The narrative stories of Women PeaceMakers not only provide this understanding, but also show the myriad ways women construct peace in the midst of and after violence and war. For the realization of peace with justice, the voices of women – thoseseverely affected by violent conflict and struggling courageously and creatively to build community from the devastation – must be recorded, disseminated and spotlighted.
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