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Women: redefining peace, democracy and security

From May 23-25, women activists and scholars from around the world will gather in Quebec at the invitation of the Nobel Women’s Initiative to discuss 'Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict'. Jenny Morgan and Jessica Horn will be reporting for openDemocracy 50.50

Jane Gabriel
18 May 2011

"It is not just about hope and ideas, it's about action...Our duty is to have a dream, but work everyday for reality" Shirin Ebadi

It's five years since the Nobel Women’s Initiative was established by sister Nobel Peace laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

The Initiative sponsors biennial events bringing together women activists and scholars from around the world, in an effort to support women's rights and build a culture of peace with justice and equality.  openDemocracy 5050 has explored the issues debated at the gatherings since 2007 in articles written by participants and openDemocracy authors. This year Jenny Morgan and Jessica Horn will be reporting for openDemocracy. To read our full coverage click here

Below are some of the articles from the earlier gatherings at which women discussed  'Redefining peace in the middle east and beyond', and  'Redefining democracy for peace, justice and equality'. 

Peacework: lessons we have failed to learn Isabel Hilton

Politics outside politics: how women redefine democracy Srilatha Batliwala

Gender and democracy: no short cuts to power Anne Marie Goetz

Women redefining democracy Alda Facio

The meaning of peace in the 21st century Shirin Ebadi

Laureate Mairead Maguire: building deep democracy  Jane Gabriel

Resist Reclaim Restore: militarism no more  Kavita Ramdas

We are the ones  Rosemary Bechler

Women in the news  Maria Suarez

My journey from Vietnam to Antigua Thanh Xuan Nguyen

To know that we are not alone  Jane Gabriel

Nothing is impossible, the difficult takes longer Nadwa Sarandah

To read all articles and the multi authored blogs on openDemocracy 50.50 from the Nobel Women's Initiative gatherings since 2007, click here

 

 


 
 

 

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For many communities, this is not the first crisis they’ve faced. The lockdown feels familiar to those who have years of experience living and organising in the face of scarce resources and state violence.

So it’s not surprising that grassroots and community activists mobilised quickly in response to COVID-19, from expanding mutual aid groups and launching creative campaigns to getting information out to women at risk of domestic violence.

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Join us on Thursday 2 July at 5pm UK time/12pm EDT for a live discussion on these urgent questions.

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Mona Eltahawy Feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. Her latest book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls’ took her disruption worldwide.

Crystal Lameman Member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and campaigns against the exploitation of her people and of their land, holding the government of Canada accountable for violations of their treaty rights.

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