Mario Aguilar: The role and meaning of education

The President of the Chilean Union of Teachers is concerned by teachers’ working conditions and that they serve teachers so that they can help their pupils to bring out the best of themselves as human beings; so that they may express their maximum potential.  This is the role that education must have from a humanist perspective.

This interview was recorded during the European Humanist Forum.  Mario Aguilar participated as a speaker in the working groups on Nonviolent & Humanist Education and Human rights. (more…)

Interview with Tomás Hirsch

Interview with Tomás Hirsch, Humanist Party congressman from Chile, during the European Humanist Forum in Madrid.

Hirsch talks about convergence and political alliances, the crisis of the Left in Europe, the role of parliamentarians and relationships with social movements. (more…)

Interview with Guillermo Sullings

Economist, Guillermo Sullings, author of the book “At the Crossroads of Humanity’s Future: the steps towards the Universal Human Nation” talks about the difference between globalisation and planetarisation, the European Humanist Forum, neoliberalism and how to surpass it, and the International Monetary Fund in Macri’s Argentina, in this interview for Pressenza

The video comes with English subtitles.  The full translated transcription is below. (more…)

The Strength of Femininity

By Cloty Rubio for Pressenza.

A global and genuine commitment to the protection of life is imperative at this time.

In the European Humanist Forum that took place in Madrid on 11, 12 and 13 May, one of the working areas was promoted by the Association of Humanist Women for Nonviolence. Participating as speakers were: Annabella Coiro, expert in communication and education for nonviolence in Italy; Lydienne Nkaleu, president of the Committee for Assistance to Women in Need in Cameroon; Silvia Beatriz González González, promoter of peace and nonviolence in Spain; Nicole Ndongala, D.R. Congo/Spain, President of the Karibu Association, Spain; Jenny Infante Labrin, Gender Equality Promotion Technician from Spain; Sudha Reddy, Director of the Ecological Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives from India; and Carmen Serra Majada, Co-founder of the Valladolid Hepatitis C Platform. (more…)

An economic revolution towards a system of universal benefit

By Amanda Boucault for Pressenza

What is the future you aspire to? And how can you contribute to make it happen? These two questions laid the groundwork for the roundtable discussion A New Economy for the Universal Human Nation at the Humanist Forum 2018. Different representatives of new trends in the sector participated in this meeting to present their proposals for transformation. All of these have in common the search for a more just and supportive economy, reducing inequality and ensuring the benefit of all human beings. (more…)

Hope and Meaning – The European Humanist Forum, Madrid 2018

By Silvia Swinden for Pressenza.

Where can you find discussions, people and proposals as diverse as:

~ Judge Baltasar Garzón, who worked tirelessly to extradite Pinochet from Margret Thatcher’s protection to face charges of genocide. ~ A refugees activist, Nicole Ndongala, Spanish/Congolese, defending the human rights of immigrants. ~ An economist from Argentina, Guillermo Sullings, presenting the steps towards the Universal Human Nation. ~ An anti nuclear weapons doctor, Carlos Umaña, responsible for the Costa Rica chapter of ICAN. ~ A Peace activist and neuroscientist from New Zealand, Piero P Giorgi . ~ An Italian political scientists and economist from Belgium, Riccardo Petrella . ~ A French parliamentarian of the National Assembly for France Insoumice, the Humanist Sabine Rubin . ~  A social anthropologist and activist of Convergence of Cultures, Clara Gomez-Placito . ~ The Editor of Pressenza Athens, Marianella Kloka . ~ Mayte Quintanilla, from Madrid, Humanists for the Universal Basic Income

And that is only the opening panels? (more…)

Interview with Sabine Rubin

Sabine Rubin is a committed woman, Siloist humanist… She has worked for many years to mobilize people around her so that they express themselves, especially on the political and social level in favour of a more human world. Currently, she supports France Insoumise’s programme “The Future in Common” and is a member of the French National Assembly.

She will participate in the 2018 European Humanist Forum as a speaker at the opening session, and in the round table “Social and political convergence”. (more…)

EHF2018 Declaration of Support to the Mapuche People

In the closing session of the European Humanist Forum 2018, the plenary session approved by acclamation a Declaration of Support to the Mapuche People which we reproduce below.

Chilean deputy, Tomás Hirsch, speaker in the Forum, publicly promised to deliver the Declaration to the Mapuche prisoners. (more…)

Differently equal

What common elements do people from different cultures have? In essence, we are human beings with the same needs and abilities. We have principles, projects and beliefs. A heart that loves and suffers. A mind that thinks, knows and communicates. A body that looks, hugs and walks forward. That relates to others. The question invites us to reflect on the common things that make us equal, beyond all differences between different peoples and individuals. It’s about what unites us. (more…)

Opening day of the European Humanist Forum

Over 500 people came to the opening session of EHF2018, with people overflowing into three extra rooms after having filled the auditorium at the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences.

The atmosphere was joyful in this latest gathering of the European Humanist Forum, the last one being in Milan in 2008.

On the 11th of May, the opening session of the 5th European Humanist Forum took place.  It was held in the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences in the presence of people and organisations from 40 countries, mostly Europeans, but also Asians, Africans and Americans. (more…)