SHIRIN EBADI NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2003 Dr. Shirin Ebadi was born in 1947 in Hamadan-Iran. Her father, Professor Mohammad Ali Ebadi was a lecturer in Commercial Law. When Shirin was only a year old, her family moved to Teheran where she received her education. In 1965, she started her law degree, completing it 3 years […]
Ending conflict related sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is of fundamental importance to international peace and security. We can stop SGBV, as rape and other forms of sexual and gender based violence are not a mere accident in wartime: they are weapons deliberately used in armed conflicts around the globe to traumatize women and girls and terrorize their communities.
Thus, in June 2016, Art of Reconciliation together with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration ad External Affairs and the Office of the UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict organized the international conference „WOMEN FOR PEACE: Fighting Conflict Related Sexual Violence – Grassroots Women as Agents of Change“ in Graz/Austria. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala) and Jody Williams (USA) met with international and national experts of the UN and EU as well as representatives of local women organisations, in order to discuss strategies in the fight against sexual violence in conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region. In side events, the Nobel Peace Prize laureates entered in dialogue with representatives of different religions and German author Jennifer Teege. Furthermore, in the weeks leading up to the conference, students of six schools in Graz researched the conference topic and the Nobel Peace prize laureates‘ biographies, creating posters and radio contributions. Concluding the conference, the students met the Nobel laureates in the extraordinalry setting of a Speakers Corner.
Inspired by the extraordinary atmosphere during the conference and motivated by the contributions of both panellists and audience, WOMEN FOR PEACE will keep shining a light on exceptional personalities and their efforts in the fight for women’s rights.