Women Working For Peace In A State of War

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Date(s) - Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2M70 University of Winnipeg

This was a highlight of the 16 Days of Advocacy Against Gender Based Violence.

Women Working for Peace in a State of War
Approximately 50 people joined IIWR-MB and IIWR Global College on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 6 to 8:30 pm. The evening was informative and the panelists shared stories that inspired the audience to do more to work for peace in the world. Refreshments were available from 6 to 6:30, with the program starting at 6:30. Many participants brought articles of outdoor clothing for the Syrian Refugees, and were donated to the Canadian Muslim Women’s Association. Financial Donations were made, and Farouk Chebib facilitated the donations to the Manitoba Muslim Association to help the Syrian Refugees.
Marilou McPhedran moderated the evening.

We regret we were not able to show a short video on actions taken by young women in Syria, from a film “The Trials of Spring”. To see it now, click here.

You can see the following on Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0uWklRa8mI – Welcome, Marilou McPhedran and Mary Scott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07h4GATrUmc – Panel Members
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_-B1qIT-W8 – Florence Okwudili speaking about women working for peace in Syria.
Panelists included:
Mais Al Saleh, (recent Syrian refugee from Homs, Syria, a city which took the first bombing destruction from the government forces in 2011). Liela Chebib capable translated Mais presentation, which told her story of leaving her home, which was totally bombed, with 5 children. All the children were traumatized, and one to the point she could no longer speak. They fled to a refugee camp in Lebanon.
Sandy Deng (Women4Women South Sudan) Gave a presentation using power point, which gave information about the seriousness of Gender Based Violence in Conflict – and how misogyny prepares the men for the violence which happens during conflict and war.
Ellen Judd (attended Women Stop War Conference, The Hague, 04/2015) Ellen gave the background to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), founded 100 years ago, which was a very inspiring story. There is a renewed commitment by many women to work for peace in many countries, and Ellen stressed how important this work continues to be. At the end of her presentation, everyone signed a piece of paper and wrote a few words of commitment. A photo was taken of the group holding their signs.


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