HR!Day648 - Celebrating Women Activists on International Women’s Day - Banafsheh Sayyad, Janice Hall, HeatherAsh Amara & Jodie Evans

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Today we celebrate women activists who have dedicated their lives to human rights and equitable peace, one from Iran and one from the United States.

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    Banafsheh Sayyad is the Creative Director, Co-director of Chartres Academy and faculty at Ubiquity University. A master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer, transformational teacher and founder of Dance of Oneness®, she performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their body, inspiring them to live their everyday life as a sacred dance. Banafsheh is one of the only dance artists who has mastered a fusion of high level dance technique with spiritual embodiment. She is among the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world, and the pioneer in creating a liberated feminine expression in the Sufi dance genre previously performed only by men.   Banafsheh's dance certification program, Dance of Oneness® is dance practiced as a spiritual path and science of embodiment—a joyful, loving and contemplative way to embody spirit and live freely, peacefully, passionately and of service in the world. Operating in 3 dimensions: the art of dance, rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing; Dance of Oneness® is based in Sufi ritual and whirling, flamenco, Persian and Modern dance, Tai chi and Chi gong. Sufi teachings and the poetry of Rumi, Divine Feminine wisdom, Science of Mindfulness, the Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system are the theoretical groundwork. With a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from UCLA and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, Banafsheh is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious dance. Banafsheh's award-winning work has been presented in North America, Europe and Australia. Her dance film In the Fire of Grace traces Rumi's journey of the soul in dance. Based in Topanga, California, she performs and teaches across North America, Europe and Turkey.
  • Jodie Evans is the co-founder of CODEPINK and the after-school writing program 826LA, and serves on the CODEPINK Board of Directors. She has been a visionary advocate for peace for several decades. An inspired motivator, Jodie invigorates nascent activists and re-invigorates seasoned activists through her ever-evolving, always exciting methods to promote peace.  Whether in board rooms or war zones, legislative offices or neighborhood streets, Jodie’s enthusiasm for a world at peace infuses conciliation, optimism and activism wherever she goes. As Director of Administration in California Governor Jerry Brown’s first administration, Jodie championed environmental causes, resulting in breakthroughs in wind and solar technology. Jodie also managed Governor Brown's 1991 Presidential Campaign and instituted a cap on financial contributions which resulted in a stronger push for campaign finance standards. Since the start of the 2003 Iraq War, Jodie has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Jordan on several occasions.  On her most recent visit to Jordan, Jodie traveled with a peace coalition to meet with Delegates from the Iraqi Parliament to institute an action plan for peace and reconciliation. She has also traveled to Cuba to protest the prison facility at Guantanamo, and in 2015 she was one of 30 women activists from fifteen countries who crossed the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, calling for peace and reconciliation between the two countries. Jodie is the co-editor of two books, "Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation" and "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism" and a contributor to “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution.”  She is currently writing a book about divesting from the unjust, extractive war economy and building a just, sustainable peace economy.
  • Janice Hall
  • HeatherAsh Amara


  • Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University

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