From the Nobel Women’s Initiative: “Young Women’s Rights Activists: Conversations in Canada

From the Nobel Women’s Initiative and Match International: Conversations in Canada: Aghssan, Maria Luisa & Walaa to Take Part in Speaking Tour!

The 2012 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Participants are  on a three-city Canadian speaking tour: “Young Women’s Rights Activists: Conversations in Canada.”

Aghssan, Maria Luisa, and Walaa will visit Regina, Winnipeg and Ottawa from October 1-5. They will share their  stories with students and young Canadian women’s rights activists, discussing the issues facing young women in their countries.

More details here.

From Inter Press Service: Q&A: “Women’s Participation in Peace Processes Is Still Very Small”


Becky Bergdahl interviews LILIA MAIA DE MORAIS SALES, peace builder and trainer

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 21 2012 (IPS) – Friday is not just any day – it’s the International Day of Peace. Concerts, debates and moments of silence will be held all over the planet to commemorate the ideal of global truce and tolerance.

One person who does not celebrate Peace Day once a year but rather all year round is Lilia Maia de Morais Sales. She is vice-president of research and graduate programmes at the University of Fortaleza in Brazil, and holds a PhD in law.

In 2010, Sales designed the project “Flores do Bom Jardím”, meaning “Flowers from Bom Jardím”. The project teaches conflict mediation skills to women from a violent suburb outside the city of Fortaleza.

Read the complete article.

International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict in New York next week

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict will be making its first official visit to New York next week, coinciding with a United Nations High Level meeting on the rule of law.

The Campaign, with Women’s Media Center and Physicians for Human Rights, will host a conversation with the Nobel Peace Laureates and prominent activists from around the world.  Please join us if you are in New York!

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2012 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York

RSVP by email to

For those not in New York, the event will be live-tweeted: follow @StopRapeCmpgn and hashtag #IPLEDGE starting at 7:00pm EST on Monday, Sept. 24.

Putting Women’s Rights into the Arms Trade Treaty

The recent reportPutting Women’s Rights into the Arms Trade Treaty, details the issue of gender-based violence and language needed in the Arms Trade Treaty. It also sets out how the threshold to determine the risk of an arms transfer leading to the perpetration or facilitation of gender-based violence can be identified by licensing agencies and which mechanisms can promote women’s rights as part of national-level implementation of the treaty

Network Member Guest Post: Women of South Sudan desire a life of dignity, sustainable peace, and development

Women of South Sudan desire a life of dignity, sustainable peace, and development

by Jim Davis, KAIROS

KAIROS funded partner, the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), a sub regional fellowship of churches affiliated with the All African Conference of Churches, held a workshop with women representatives of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), another KAIROS funded partner, in Juba, South Sudan in mid-August 2012 on the subject of the 2000 United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325: The Role of Women in Prevention and Resolution of Conflict, Peace Building, and Post Conflict Reconstruction. Although the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) has not ratified UN SCR 1325 which it does not view as binding, the issues involved are extremely important. UN SCR 1325, the first ever resolution that specifically addresses the impact of war on women and children, specifically emphasizing the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts in maintaining and promoting sustainable peace and security is very relevant to South Sudan. Women participants came from Greater Bahr-el-Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, and Greater Upper Nile regions in the newly independent Republic of South Sudan representing member churches of SCC: the Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of Sudan, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, Sudan Pentecostal Church and Africa Inland Church. In the recent independence referendum 52% of the voters were women.

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