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Local Perspectives on Nonviolent Movements and Sustaining Peace: Amplifying Voices from the Field

October 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The UN secretary-general’s 2018 report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace highlights both women and youth as crosscutting themes of the sustaining peace agenda. While member states are the principal drivers of this agenda, the participation of local actors, particularly women and youth, is vital to guaranteeing that a broader range of society is represented and heard.

Peacebuilding at the local level can bridge the gap between communities and the state and encourage open discussions that allow individuals to air grievances that could fester into conflict and violence if left unaddressed. Nonviolent grassroots movements that employ civil resistance can reinforce and build upon local peacebuilding efforts by raising awareness, mobilizing communities, and building capacity to address these grievances and advance sustainable and just solutions. Research shows that nonviolent campaigns are twice as effective at achieving their goals as violent ones. The key is mass participation, notably the active participation of women, youth, and under-represented segments of society. When these groups organize and lead nonviolent movements, they can build bridges to formerly neglected communities and open up a diverse array of creative tactics.

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On October 22, 2018, the International Peace Institute (IPI), Peace Direct, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) will host an event seeking to amplify the voices of women and youth working through nonviolent action to build just and sustainable peace that reaches from the grassroots to transform their societies. The peacebuilders include the 2018 finalists in Peace Direct’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition, awarded annually to offer international recognition to grassroots peace activists in conflict-affected countries worldwide. This year the awards were offered in three categories: (1) women-led peacebuilding; (2) youth-led peacebuilding; and (3) peacebuilding through nonviolent action.

The event will be in the interactive world café format. Participants will be able to discuss questions in small groups while interacting with local peacebuilders focusing on women, youth, sustaining peace, and nonviolence. This event will deepen understanding of how women- and youth-led movements and peacebuilding initiatives contribute to sustaining peace in the field and how the UN, both at headquarters and in the field, can better work with and support these local actors to build sustainable peace.

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The peacebuilders present will be:
Charo Mina-Rojas, Proceso de Comunidades Negras, Colombia
Mariana Diaz Kraus, Movilizatorio, Colombia
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, femLINKpacific: Media Initiatives for Women, Fiji
Megha Desai, Self Employed Women’s Association, India
Chhatra Amatya, Nagarik Aawaz, Nepal
Duha Almusaddar, Save Youth Future Society, Palestine
Lucy Nusseibeh, Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy, Palestine
Visaka Dharmadasa, Association of War Affected Women, Sri Lanka
Gatwal A. Gatkuoth, Young Adult Empowerment Initiative, Sudan
Najlaa Sheekh, Kareemat, Syria/Turkey
Monica Curca, Activate Labs, USA
Yahya Ali Maknoon Qataei, Volunteers for Peace and Culture Foundation, Yemen

Please click here for the concept note.

Due to space constraints, we can only accept the first 60 positive responses.

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U.S. Institute of Peace
International Peace Institute
Peace Direct
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict


Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development
International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
New York, United States
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