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Video: Voices from the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference

Participants at the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference talk about memory, activism after trauma, what women's movements can learn from each other – and much more.

Yanar Mohammed is president of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, which has recently established women's shelters in Mosul to aid survivors of ISIS enslavement and women affected by conflict in the area. Read her 2015 interview with Jennifer Allsopp.

Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1976, with Betty Williams, for her work to end the political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. She is co-founder of Peace People, a movement to build a just and peaceful society through nonviolent social action.

Joanna Maycock is Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby. A lifelong feminist, she previously led ActionAid International’s work in Europe, served as president of CONCORD, and worked for the International Organisation for Migration in Brussels.

Leila Alikarami is an Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate who has represented dozens of prisoners of conscience in Iran's Revolutionary Courts. She was also an active member of Iran's One Million Signatures campaign challenging discriminatory laws against women.

Mariama Sonko is a member and general treasurer of the Young Farmers’ Association of Casamance, in the south of Senegal. She promotes the knowledge and practices of local farmers and advocates for better governance of genetic property rights.

Sarah Clements is a student activist at Georgetown University. Following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook School, which her mother survived, Sarah became active in struggles against gun violence. Read her article on how to fight gun violence in Trump's America.

Sarah Jewell is the inaugural director of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa-USA. Sarah works on women’s rights, youth affairs, and social justice. She is from Australia and previously worked in the Australian civil service.

The Nobel Women's Initiative conference took place in Germany 13-16 May. See 50.50's coverage of the event.

About the author

Jennifer Allsopp is a writer and researcher working on migration, gender and social policy. She was a commissioning editor at openDemocracy 50.50 between 2011 and 2017, facilitating the People on the Move migration platform (2011-2017) and series including 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (2012), Unlocking Detention (2014-15) and working with francophone activists for Our Africa (2012-14). She reported from numerous international feminist gatherings including for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (2015) and the Nobel Women's Initiative (2012, 2015, 2017). She has worked at the universities of Exeter, Birmingham and Queen Mary's and is completing a PhD at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. Twitter @JenniferAllsopp.


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