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Princess Inaara Speaks in Support of Mediation (video)

by Princess Inaara
November 2012 Princess Inaara
"Mediation is respectful cooperation in conflict and an intelligent and human way of thinking>"
In this video, Princess Inaara of Jordan (Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan) speaks eloquently in support of mediation for Jordanian and middle east societies.

Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan supports mediation as an innovative alternative to litigation. Mediation is involved in many areas of daily life, such as, family, school, the economy and the environment. The Begum, FDP leader Dr. Guido Westerwelle and Mrs. Charlotte Knobloch, Chairman of the Central Council for Jews in Germany are members of jury panel convened by the Contarini Institute of the Distance Learning University at Hagen and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mediation. Its task was to select sponsorship projects for the coveted study of mediation. The Begum and her charitable organisation, the Princess Inaara Foundation, works for needy families and for more understanding and tolerance between cultures, sees in mediation a great opportunity for society.

The Begum said “Mediation is a voluntary, constructive process in which the parties in a dispute, with the aid of a neutral intermediary, the so-called mediator, themselves seek agreement, instead of battling it out in the court. The mediator helps the often very entrenched parties to speak to each other again, helps avoid the conflict escalating and helps to highlight the parties’ interests without proposing a decision. In a family mediation, for instance, parents who are at loggerheads succeed in making reasonable arrangements for the future in the interest of their beloved child. Mediation is respectful cooperation in conflict and an intelligent and humane way of thinking. However, mediation can only help where both or all parties have a real desire to reach agreement.”


Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan

Begum Inaara Aga Khan is of German origin, a trained lawyer with a doctorate in International Law. She was born on 1st of April, 1963 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the daughter of German entrepreneurs, Renate Thyssen-Henne and Helmut Friedhelm Homey. She later adopted the name “Thyssen” from her step-father Dr. Bodo Thyssen.

In 1991, Dr. Gabriele Thyssen married Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and became Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen. Their daughter, Princess Theresa zu Leiningen was born in April, 1992.

In May, 1998, Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen married Prince Karim Aga Khan IV (The Aga Khan), the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and became the Begum Aga Khan. Prior to her marriage to the Aga Khan and her conversion to Islam, the couple jointly chose the Muslim name “Inaara” (derived from the Arabic “nur”, meaning “light”) for the bride. Their son Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan was born in March, 2000.

The Begum is well known for her philanthropic activities since her marriage to the Aga Khan. Alongside her husband, she worked in various educational, cultural and crisis response projects with the aim of improving living conditions of people of all different faiths in developing countries.

The Begum embraces charitable causes, particularly those concerning the rights of women and children, and seeks to better the living conditions of all people in underdeveloped countries. She also promotes understanding and tolerance amongst varied ethnic and religious communities.

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