Flanders: Pax Christi Vlaanderen has a new president
The Board of Directors of Pax Christi Flanders elected Hildegarde Vansintjan as the new president on Saturday, 18 November 2017. She succeeds Michel De Samblanx, who led the peace movement for four years. As president of Pax Christi Flanders, Hildegarde Vansintjan wants to support lobbying for the application of the nuclear prohibition treaty, the reduction of military spending and other disarmament initiatives.
Hildegarde Vansintjan has been a member of the Board of Directors of Pax Christi Vlaanderen since 2015. She is a Germanist and has worked for Handicap International in her last years as an advocate for the observance of the international conventions concerning anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions.
At Pax Christi Vlaanderen, she wants to reinforce lobbying around the nuclear arms prohibition treaty, the reduction of military spending and other disarmament initiatives. Her special interest goes to the peace work in the Great Lakes Region. The good relationship in our own society is also close to her heart. She wants to take on the challenge of inspiring people to engage in communicative communication and peace-building projects that lead to greater cohesion in their own society.
The first public appearances of Hildegarde Vansintjan in her new function as chairman will follow each other quickly: on 10 December she will be present at the reception - with live streaming from Oslo - on the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN, of which Pax Christi Flanders is a member. On 14 December she welcomes the new Ambassadors for Peace of Pax Christi Flanders: Kristin Verellen with the Circles-We Have the Choice, Mohamed El Bachiri and Kazerne Dossin with Christophe Busch.