Pnina Steinberg

Pnina SteinbergPost by Pnina Steinberg, Israeli participant

A few months ago, Rina Bar Tal met me at a round table of UNSCR 1325 coalition in Israel. She told me about FGW and that immediately ignited my imagination. The notion of meeting women from my region – neighbors I have no other way to meet ā€“ was irresistible. The meeting in Berlin taught me the depth and breadth of the possible meanings of “meeting”: From a mere gathering in one place to forming some professional, collegial and personal connection. Some of the women ā€“ I could hardly make eye contact with, others left me full of appreciation of their brave leading of private or public revolutionary acts of womenā€™s liberation. One specific “neighbor” excited me with immediate connection, seemingly on professional grounds, but I think both of us felt it is not only that. I still cannot name the force that drew such excitement and pleasure of communication; it still feels like an adventure that might stay in the bubble of Berlin or it might reach further. Practical implementations of this neighborhood meeting is still a riddle for me, but I sure can start imagining some new neighborhood relationships, and some new regional voices.