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Violence, Ceasefires and Transformation: The Potential in Our Hands

10 June , 2020 @ 9:00 am10:30 am

On Monday 23rd March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He called on “all those that can make a difference, to make that difference.”

The Feminist Impact for Rights and Equality Consortium (FIRE), in solidarity with its 200+ grassroots partner organisations and activists, has been committed to making that difference – including by putting forward five feminist principles to guide the negotiation, design and implementation of meaningful ceasefires.

But what actually happened? And, critically, where do we go from here?

Join us for a virtual interactive panel discussion entitled “Violence, Ceasefires and Transformation: The Potential in Our Hands,” as we discuss the UN Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire, the responses on the ground and what can be done going forward. This panel will take place on Wednesday 10th June from 9:00 -10:30 AM (EST) // 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET.

Panelists for this event include:

Hajer Sharief, co-founder of Together We Build It and co-initiator of the 1325 Network in Libya;

Rajaa Altalli, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria (CCSD); and

Rasha Jarhum, founder and director of the Peace Track Initiative.

Panelists will discuss the impacts of the pandemic in Libya, Syria and Yemen and share insights on the obstacles to, bright spots in and next steps for implementing civil society recommendations around the ceasefires.

The panel discussion will be followed by brief interventions from Dr. Sima Samar, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and Dr. Cynthia Enloe and a Q&A session with the broader audience.

Advance registration is required for this event. Call-in details will be shared with participants ahead of the meeting. Download the flyer.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Feminist Impact for Rights and Equality Consortium (FIRE) is a new feminist collective comprised of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, MADRE, medica mondiale, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). FIRE formed to act as an accelerator for the realisation of a feminist vision of peace and security. Covid-19 has exposed the urgent need for this vision: for exposing the fault lines, for a radical reimagining of our future, for transformative—and lasting—change.


10 June , 2020
9:00 am10:30 am
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