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30 / 07 / 2004
Luisa Muraro: «We need to make it possible to talk about love in politics»

This evening the Women’s World Forum analyzed women’s role in mediation

More information about the dialogue 'Living and Living Together. Women's World Forum'

Lawyer Lia Cigarini and the philosopher at the University of Verona, Luisa Muraro, recognized the women’s contribution in first class politics and said that, “women have solidified civil coexistence”. However, Muraro criticized the lack of tradition of women in high politics and democracy. Muraro explained that in collectives like the Church or the military “homosexuality in the sense of exclusion of women, that is founded in the past on misogyny we shouldn’t have uncovered.”

Muraro said that, “man are beginning to recognize the role of women in mediation, seeing the difference and what can be reconsidered with feminine mediation.”

Muraro compared women and their adaptation to life conditions to the situation an immigrant encounters upon arrival to a new country. “We’re foreigners in this world,” added Muraro.

In relation to mediation, Muraro said that women understand women as well as women and men. “A woman must understand herself and other women.” Muraro added that the role of women is needed “because we make it possible to talk about love in politics.”

Historian at the Universitat de Barcelona and founder of the Centre Duoda, M.Milagros Rivera Garretas, defined mediation as “a process that puts two things in contact that weren’t before, and this contact can be a kiss, a gesture or a gift.” According to Garretas, feminine mediation is women’s first kind of politics, “the politics of everyday life.” “We have also participated in the other politics with mediation, resolving conflicts and ending wars,” added Garretas.

According to Garretas, this talent women have for mediating “is fruit of their desire, their tastes and talents and that women’s body has capacity for two.” She explained that in the history of Europe “mediation was often linked to love.” “Everyone loves but doesn’t find the mediations to be loved for who we are and what we have, this cause unhappiness, destruction and finally death.”

Remei Arnaus, said that mediation “is a fine art, delicate and precious that is given in relation to education.” According to Arnaus “we have to evaluate and we need trust so that people learn, love mediation must go along with trust.” Arnaus added: “We have to deal with sexual difference for a mediation to be successful.”

The historian at the Universitat de Girona, Elisa Varela, chaired this session and said that, “each of us has our way of practicing politics keeping in mind our sexual difference and difference in general.” According to Varela, mediation is another kind of politics and is the basis for relations between women. The session included the film A los que aman by Catalan director Isabel Coixet.




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