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Screening for International Women's Day

In support of International Women’s Day 2012, ‘Engage-Do Your Part for Peace’ will be screening the inspirational Nobel Peace Prize Winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell on Thursday 8 March 2012 from 19:00-21:00 at CCMC. The film depicts the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war. The women's historic yet unsung achievement finds voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

 
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Open House for Youth Power Small Grants - deadline 15 March 2012

Youth Power organises a two-day Open House focusing on the Youth Power Small Grants initiative, on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March 2012, at their Nicosia offices, from 9 am to 5 pm, in order to assist the applicants with the details of their proposals, as well as to inform newly interested parties, since 15 March 2012, the submission deadline for the Expression of Interest approaches. The Youth Power Small Grants aim to offer financial support to bicommunal activities proposed by organisations or informal groups. The Youth Power Small Grants Open House, taking place at the Youth Power offices (Ledra Palace Hotel, UN Buffer Zone) on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March, 2012, from 9 am to 5 pm aims to offer hands-on assistance to the applicants with the details of their proposals, as well as, to inform newly interested parties on the initiative, in order to increase everyone’s chances of making a successful pitch.

 
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Launch of ENGAGE-Do Your Part for Peace Phase II

The ‘ENGAGE-Do Your Part for Peace’ project is launching its second phase on Tuesday 21 February 2012 at the Home for Cooperation - 18:30-20:30. The event will be a special opportunity to present statements from interviews given to the ENGAGE programme by the Representatives of the Leaders of the two communities Mssrs. Iacovou and Ozersai as well as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, Ms. Buttenheim. Asked about the role of Civil Society (CS) in the peace and reconciliation process in Cyprus, Mr. Iacovou said that it would be very refreshing to see people that are not in the mainstream of political life articulating a position in the capacity of Civil Society on the issues that relate to the solution and ultimately the implementation of the solution to the Cyprus problem. In turn Mr. Ozersay stressed that there are things being done by CS and that the ongoing process is helpful, adding that we need to include more those who are not normally seen or perceived as supporting a comprehensive settlement in order to create an environment for them to participate and share their own views and concerns. Finally Ms. Buttenheim reminded that the Secretary General of the UN has frequently said how important the role of CS is and that he has called on the Leaders to engage CS actors that know their own community best and can get a message out on peace and reconciliation to help advance the peace process. More on these statements at the Inauguration Ceremony of the second phase of ENGAGE this Tuesday, 21 February!
   
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8th Children and Youth Film Festival 12-19 February 2012

The annual Children and Youth Film Festival, organised by CCMC member the International Children's Film Festival of Cyprus, starts on Sunday, 12 February, with its opening ceremony at the Zena Palace Cinema in Nicosia - 5pm. The festival runs until the 19 February and the programme includes a host of brilliant films for young people. There will also be marathon days in Limassol and Nicosia and a Bicommunal Creative Day taking place at CCMC on the 19th. For the full programme and more information click here.
 
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Urgent call for support: Big Petroleum Storage threatens unspoiled shore of the Karpaz Peninsula

A number of civil society organisations have issued an urgent call for action against a large petroleum storage investment to be build on the unspoiled shore of the Karpaz  Peninsula close to Yedikonuk/Efta Komi village. There are plans to build a large petroleum terminal with 100 large petroleum tanks that can meet the demand from neighbouring countries or passing ships. This area will be also be declared a Free Zone, meaning the company will be able to operate without any restrictions or legal legislation.

The village is in the İskele/Karpaz region where natural beauty is integrated with historical richness, including the wild, untouched shores of Efta Komi, Golden Beach, and Kantara Castle. There are also the local eco-tourism areas of Büyükkonuk (Komi Kebir), Yedikonuk (Efta Komi) Kumyalı and Mehmetçik villages. It is also a turtle nesting area and full of orchid and rare plant species as well as olive and carob trees. The plans for the petroleum terminal carry great risks and could create an environmental disaster not only in Cyprus but the entire eastern Mediterranean. Support demonstrations against these horrific plans by joining the Facebook group here.

   

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