- Luisa Morgantini
name = Luisa Morgantini
party = GUE/NGL
parliament = European
term_start = 1999
party2 = Partito della Rifondazione Comunista
birth_date = Birth date and age|1940|11|5|df=y
nationality = Italian
website = http://luisamorgantini.net/
Luisa Morgantini (born
November 5, 1940in Villadossola) is an Italian Member of the European Parliament. She was elected as indipendent with the Communist Refoundation Partyticket and sits with the European United Left - Nordic Green Leftgroup.
She is a leading member of the Italian
peace movementand was one of the founders of the Italian branch of the Women in Black anti-warorganisation.
*1954 to 1958 she worked as
*1958 to 1964 she worked as an INCA
*1965-1966 she lived in
*1967 to 1968 she studied at
Ruskin College, Oxford- industrial sociologyand economics.
*1969 to 1970:
Adult educationat the Humanitarian Society.
*1971 to 1974: Training officer for FLM
*1974 to 1985:
MilanFLM (FIOM-FIM-UILM) secretariat- pressand telecommunicationssector.
*1985 to 1988: International relations officer for FLM (FIOM-FIM-UILM)trade union.
*FEM European trade union executive committee (1987-1988).
Electoral observerfor the OSCE. Italy- Nicaraguacoordinator (1979-1991).
*Since 1979 she was involved with many solidarity and
NGOs projects concerning lots of Countries, such as Nicaragua, Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Palestine, Algeria, Peru.
*Since 1982 she has been dealing with
Middle Eastissues and mainly Palestinian- Israeli conflict.
*Since 1988 she has been cooperating for the reconstruction of network and links between Israeli and Palestinian Peace movements. She has supported especially women associations in Israel and Palestine and in other Mediterranean Countries (ex
Yugoslavia, Albania, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia).
*National spokesperson for the Italian Association for Peace (a non-violent movement for
peaceand social justice); from 1994 to 1999 responsible for the 'Palestine' group. One of the founders of the 'Women in Black' anti-war movement and the international network 'Women for peace in conflict zones'.
In 1995 she received the Israeli Women in Black Peace Prize.
On 4th October 2008 she has been awarded with the 2008 Peacemaker Award by the Rebuilding Alliance, an US non-profit organization -progressive American Jews are a part of it- committed for the respect of human rights and international law and in rebuilding homes and communities in regions of war and occupation. (http://www.rebuildingalliance.org/)
Luisa Morgantini is Member of the
European Parliamentin the European United Left–Nordic Green Left- elected the first time in 1999 and again in 2004.
During the last term, she was
chairmanof the Delegationfor relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, member of the Committee on Developmentand Cooperation, of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asiaand the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation; substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on International Tradeand of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
From the period July 2004 to December 2006 she was Chair of the
Committee on Development.
Currently (2007 - 2009) she is Vice President of the European Parliament, member of the
Committee on Development, co-chair of the election coordination group, member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, and substitute member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Member of the European Parliamentshe keeps on working for the solution of the Middle East conflict, for a just peace, for the right of the two peoples to live in peace and safety, within recognized borders.Fact|date=April 2007 As part of this activism, she was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, as part of the project “1000 peace women for Nobel prize for peace 2005.”Fact|date=April 2007
In June, 2008 she was injured when Israeli soldiers attacked a group of non-violent activists in the Palestinian village of
Bil'in. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7440743.stm BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | EU VIPs hurt at West Bank protest ] ]
On 4th October 2008 she has been awarded with the 2008 Peacemaker Award by the Rebuilding Alliance, an US non-profit organization -progressive American Jews are a part of it- committed for the respect of human rights and international law and in rebuilding homes and communities in regions of war and occupation. [cite web |title=Luisa Morgantini awarded the 2008 Peacemaker Award by Rebuilding Alliance |url=http://www.guengl.eu/showPage.jsp?ID=6631&AREA=27&HIGH=1 |publisher=http://www.guengl.eu/ |date=
* [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/yourMep/view.do?name=morgan*&partNumber=1&language=EN&id=4453 Luisa Morgantini's Profile at the European Parliament]
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