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Monday, November 12, 2012

TOLERANCE DAYS at El Sawi Culturewheel

In the framework of the "TOLERANCE DAYS", El Sawi Cultural Centre is presenting concerts from MASCARA on Tuesday November 13 at 8:30 PM, ANA MASRY on Wednesday November 14 at 8:30 PM and MASAR EGBARY on Friday November 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM.
Below please find the press release of this laudable initiative:

El Sawy Culturewheel launches a new campaign the aim of which is to promote and educate about tolerance (appreciation of differences). In the framework of the “Tolerance Days” gender, religion and culture aspect of tolerance will be discussed. The celebration starts on November 13 and lasts until November 16, 2012 when Masar Eghbari gives a concert on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance. Mascara, Ana Masry and El Sawy Puppet Theatre are the artists who will also support the Tolerance Days. The campaign is conducted together with UN Egypt and NGOs supporting the idea of tolerance. UNESCO Cairo Office speaker will participate at the event.

Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty; it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace[1].

The International Day for Tolerance is a good reason to remind people of this precious value. That is why Sakia is organizing Tolerance Days with many attractions such as concerts, workshops, booths and open discussions. During the three days in a row speakers from different fields will present their know-how, facts, data and useful tools and initiatives concerning gender, religious and cultural areas. Apart from that experts will be working on the recommendations on how we all might help to overcome the intolerance problem in Egypt. What is also worth mentioning is the fact that in Arabic there is no exact word that fully describes the meaning of tolerance (التسامح tasemah is more about the forgiveness). The way how language reflects culture will be also one of the issues discussed during the Tolerance Days.

El Sawy Culturewheel has built the coalition with the organizations both international and local dealing with tolerance problem in Egypt. The list of the partners supporting the Tolerance Campaign looks as follows: The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, Swedish Institute, New Women Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Egypt, Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance, Ann Lindh Foundation, IBM Corporte Citizenship Department, UN Egypt.

The campaign will be inscribed in the Year of Listening in Sakia. In the past El Sawy Culturewheel launched many campaigns which raised the topic of awareness concerning the most troublesome problems in Egypt, starting from environment protection, water, helping the poor, through smoking, sexual harassment and finishing on reasonable use of fireworks or horns.

Egypt is the country of love and taking care of each other, but some people seem to forget about this value deriving from human rights. The desired outcome of the campaign is to prepare a common statement about tolerance and encourage Egyptians to be more tolerant and open-minded.

More information about the Tolerance Days is available on the website, and on the Tolerance Days fan page

[1] Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995,

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