Bahrain Women’s Association – for Human Development(BWA) organized a training workshop for a diverse group of women on the culture of tolerance entitled ‘We Tolerate to Sublimate’ on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, at the premises of one of BWA’s member. A group of grassroots women and working women attended the workshop, wherein they stressed the importance of this subject and the need to get trained on how to practice tolerance and to promote the culture of dialogue to accept the differences being a universal norm. The workshop aimed to spread the culture of tolerance, to discuss ways to practice tolerance in our daily lives, and to study the reasons hindering people from communicating and converging with the different ‘other’.
At the beginning of the session, the trainers mentioned the misconception of the meaning of tolerance amongst people, while it is used as a synonymous with forgiveness or amnesty, but they have two different meanings, ‘tolerance’ means “Allow others to express their opinions, respect those views no matter how seemingly contrary to what we see and believe. The basis is the existence of different and contradictory opinions, and therefore we need to respect the expression of contradicting ideas to ours. As for any profound idea, there is another profound idea on the other end, and so on.”
The workshop tackled the obstacles of tolerance such as prejudice, extremism, bias, and nescience to the different other. Real-life examples were presented to illustrate those obstacles as they are related to our reality. The training workshop concluded by stressing the necessity to knowing the different ‘other’ and focusing on the human commonalities between different views and sects and build on them to enforce communication and convergence with the other.