When
2-3 JUN 2016
starting 9:00 am
Where
Graz, Austria
Congress Graz, entrance Sparkassenplatz 3

About the CONGRESS


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.

In the context of rising violent extremism, SGBV has seen new dimensions and has become a growing concern in recent years. The scourge of violence spread by extremist groups in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq has led to the highest level of displacement due to conflicts and violence since the Second World War. Having fled immediate violence, women and children remain at high risk while staying in camps or travelling along migration routes.

Enormous individual suffering, impacts on society as a whole and lasting asymmetric, imbalanced power relations between women and men make SGBV one of the most serious impediments to dignity, peace and development.

As acknowledged by the UN Security Council, women need to play an important role in all phases of conflict, from prevention to reconciliation. Thus, empowering local women and strengthening their participation in all stages of conflict resolution will be crucial for sustainable peace and to end violence against women and girls.

In response to the rising levels of SGBV the United Nations will launch a new strategy on the fight against conflict related sexual violence in the MENA region. In order to discuss implementation of this strategy and in support of ongoing processes by the UN, the EU and other regional organizations as well as the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, local woman leaders will come together with policy makers and representatives of international and regional organizations, in order to give prominence to the cause, amplify their voices and further develop the international framework for prevention, response and accountability.

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Topics covered


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SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

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GRASSROOTS WOMEN

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

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WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

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GENDER STEREOTYPES

The world is not going to change, unless we change ourselves.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Our speakers


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LEYMAH GBOWEE

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,
Liberia

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RIGOBERTA MENCHÚ TUM

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,
Guatemala

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JODY WILLIAMS

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,
USA

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JENNIFER TEEGE

Author,
Germany

Further speakers to be confirmed

It´s time for women to stop being politely angry.

Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Faq


Art of Reconciliation (AoR) organizes international artistic and cultural events and projects with Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other distinguished guests. Taking the commitment to reconciliation one step further, AoR also develops and implements projects with the foundations of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, in their respective home countries.

Online registration for the conference is already open – register here.

The registration fee for Women for Peace includes all events on June 3, 2016. On-site registration will also be possible on conference day.

For all other enquiries concerning registration please contact our registration desk.

Please access Congress Graz through the main entrance on Sparkassenplatz 3. On conference day, you will be able to pick up your badge directly at the conference venue, against presentation of the booking confirmation.

For all press-related enquiries and press accreditation requests please contact Ms. Sonja Reingrabner

The conference and all related events will be livestreamed. Technical details will follow in due course.

Program schedule


Program subject to change

Press Conference

  10:00 - 11:00
  City Hall Graz

LAND.HAUS.GESPRÄCH: WOMEN FOR PEACE

  18:00 - 19:30
  Landhaus Graz
Dr. Bettina Vollath, Jody Williams, Jennifer Teege

Interreligious dialogue

  18:00 - 20:00
  Styria Media Center
Leymah Gbowee, Rigoberta Menchú Tum with representatives of different religions

REGISTRATION / WELCOME COFFEE

  08:00 - 09:00

OPENING AND INTRODUCTION

  09:00 - 09:20
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
Sophie Karmasin (Federal Minister, Family and Youth), Manuela Khom (Second President, Styrian Parliament), Thomas Rajakovics (Spokesperson, Mayor Graz), Sebastian Kurz (Federal Minister, Europe, Integration & Foreign Affairs)

KEY NOTE

  09:20 - 09:40
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
The UN‘s response to CRSV

Zainab Hawa Bangura (UN Special Representative, Sexual Violence in Conflict)

KEY NOTE

  09:40 -10:00
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
Sexual violence – responsibility & accountability

Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

SESSION 1

  10:00 - 11:00
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
Setting the Scene – Trends and patterns on CRSV including as a tactic of terrorism and the situation of women in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the wider Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region

Letitia Anderson (OSRSG/SVC), Mara Marinaki (EU Principal Adviser, Gender Issues and 1325), Ibrahim Al Kasem (Lawyer, Syria), Brenda Muturi (Pan African Gender Justice, OXFAM), Ali Akram Zainalabdeen, (Chief, Turkmen Rescue Foundation), Moderator: Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, (Director General for Development)

Coffee break

  11:00 - 11:30

SESSION 2

  11:30 - 13:00
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
The role of grass roots women in combating CRSV

Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Sabah Al Hallak (Syrian Women‘s League), Khanum R. Latif (Director, NGO ASUDA, Iraq), Maria Al Abdeh (Executive Director, Women Now), Chahnaz Abdulghafour (Human Rights Activist, Syria), Khidher Domle (Expert in Media, Peace-building and Minorities, Iraq), Theresa Bergmann (INCAF/OECD), Moderator: Jody Williams (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

Lunch break

  13:00 - 14:30

SESSION 3

  14:30 - 16:00
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
Strategies to combat CRSV in the MENA region and the specific role of grass roots women in these strategies

Ulrike Lunacek (Vice President, European Parliament), Marianne Bauer (OSRSG/SVC), Michael Bimmler (Justice Rapid Response), Cassandra Atlas (MADRE), Khawla Akel (GBV National Programme Specialist, UNFPA Syria), Moderator: Ursula Plassnik (former Austrian Foreign Minister)

SPEAKERS CORNER

  15:00 - 17:00
  Tummelplatz Graz
Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), Jody Williams (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), with students from Graz (open to public)

Coffee break

  16:00 - 16:30

CONCLUDING REMARKS

  16:30 - 17:00
  Stefaniensaal, Congress Graz
Chair’s Summary and way forward

Ursula Plassnik (former Austrian Foreign Minister), Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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Register


A waiver of the participation fee is available for experts and practitioners (i.a. from the MENA region, civil society organisations, representatives of international or regional organisations, Member States representatives). Please note that only the registration fee will be covered (flights and accommodation are excluded). For further information on the fee waiver please enquire with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and External Affairs.

For all other enquiries concerning registration please contact our registration desk.

Event price


Ticket price includes all events of June 3, 2016

CONGRESS TICKET VALID FOR JUNE 3

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  • Sexual and gender based violence
  • Grassroots women
  • Sexual violence in conflict
  • Women as agents of change
  • Gender stereotypes

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