The impact of two wars in the previous Dutch East Indies are still being felt. The war with Japan was succeeded by the fight for the independence of Indonesia.

The past affects many of us in different ways, however what is binding us is our vision of a peaceful future based on collaboration, understanding and reconciliation.

In working towards the realization of this vision, we organize dialogue conferences for Dutch, Japanese and Indonesian citizens; for all, old and young, who want to get beyond commemoration and processing the past. This entails working towards peace through personal stories and personal meetings.

The theme for the 20st conference is focusing on the history, role and position of Indonesian women in the Dutch East Indies during the occupation by the Japanese during the second world war and the periods shortly before and after the war. Several speakers will address this from the Indonesian perspective. After lunch there is the opportunity to discuss the aspects that you consider relevant or interesting in small groups. The group leaders will have undergone training in this particular matter by experienced professionals.

You are cordially invited for the conference.

“Women’s stories from an Indonesian perspective”

The conference will take place on 9 September 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. The venue is Wilhelminakerk in Bussum, Wilhelmina Plantsoen 12, 1404 JB Bussum. Costs are 10 Euro, including coffee, drinks and Indonesian lunch. You are kindly requested to register (see annex two). Your registration will be accepted upon receiving your contribution into our account. In order to enable fruitful discussion, registration will close beyond 90 participants. Please make sure we receive your registration befor 25 August. You are kindly requested to use the form in annex two.

You will find the programme in annex one. We would be delighted to welcome you on 9 September!

With kind regards, Yukari Tangena-Suzuki (chair person Stichting Dialoog NJI)

Please download here the Invitation 20th Dialogue Conference 2017 which includes our program and registration form.

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