Organized By : Peace Direct
Are you a local activist, changemaker, organizer, healer, or peacebuilder? Then join Principles for Peace and Peace Direct in a one-day conversation on ‘Local Ownership in Peace Processes' on June 22 discussing how to better structure, sequence and build more inclusive peace processes around the world.
During the consultation, some of the key questions we will be asking are as follows:
- What do you understand by the term ‘local ownership’? What about ‘local leadership’? Are these terms useful?
- What do you think current approaches to peace processes have failed to consider when it comes to local actors?
- What do you think of the relationship between the international community and the local actors in peace processes?
- How could we achieve greater local ownership in peace processes?
While the main language of the consultation will be in English, there will also be opportunity for more focused discussions in French, Spanish in Arabic. Participants who speak French, Spanish and Arabic will be able to use the automatic translate function built into the discussion platform.
Register for the consultation using this link, by June 17th.
Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
The Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), in collaboration with United Tegaru Canada is hosting a virtual discussion to shine light on the ongoing humanitarian crisis occurring in northern Ethiopia's Tigray Region.
The event will be livestreamed on MIGS' Facebook and Youtube pages and more information is available on this link.
Lord Alton of Liverpool and the Coalition for Genocide Response invite you to a webinar on The Other Pandemic: Rape and Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 21, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 PM (BST).
The use of rape and sexual violence is a pandemic that is yet to be addressed comprehensively. As it continues to be used across several conflicts, there is little hope that the crime will ever be adequately addressed, let alone prevented. Tigray, Cameroon, Myanmar, Syria and Iraq are only a few examples where predominantly women and girls have been subjected to rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war, and as a means to hurt and humiliate them and the whole communities .
June 19 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2015 to 'raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.'
Marking the UN day, the speakers will raise some of the recent cases of rape and sexual violence in conflict and discuss what is urgently needed to address them, including by combating impunity at domestic and international level and providing survivors with assistance.
Registration is open on this link.
This Thursday, join the American Bar Association for the launch of a regional report on the Role of the Private Sector in Transitional Justice Processes in Africa.
Follow the session live here.
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in French.
Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)
While LGBTQIA+ groups and individuals across the globe are especially impacted by violence during periods of repression and armed conflict, as well as before and after, their experiences are largely overlooked and undocumented. Several regions, including Asia and Africa, continue to outright criminalize homosexuality, and patriarchal norms make LGBTQIA+ communities in Latin America especially vulnerable to gender-based violence, including sexual violence, despite a trend toward decriminalization in the region. Across the globe, as victims and survivors, LGBTQIA+ individuals are often hesitant to come forward for fear of stigmatization and ostracisation, as well as the legal repercussions of their perceived sexuality. They are also often not included in the design and implementation of peace efforts and transitional justice mechanisms, even in cases where these processes are widely seen as gender-sensitive.
This webinar will include Sites of Conscience members and partners and examine the historical roots of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ populations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. There will be a special focus on their experiences under authoritarian regimes and in periods of systematic rights violations, as well as the human rights architecture protecting LGBTQIA+ rights. The webinar will aim to center the needs and demands of this marginalized population and propose approaches for addressing LGBTQIA+ claims through transitional justice policy and practice in a range of global settings, ranging from prosecutions and truth commissions to reparations and institutional reforms, as well as traditional and community-based mechanisms - reforms that can be viewed as part of broader attempts to address gender-based discrimination and violence and to transform gender norms in transitional societies.
Registration is open on this link.