On Monday, September 28th, the WPSN-C will join OCTEVAW (the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women) and WIIS-Canada in a twitter chat from noon to 2 pm eastern, using #PeaceIncludesWomen and #EndVAW. This is part of the 9th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival, Up For Debate and leads into the activities around the 15th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in October.
What’s under discussion? The debate is wide open:
- What are the links between violence against women and sustainable peace? How is militarism linked to violence against women? Is peace really just the ‘absence of war’?
- Recent news reports, seminars, and summits have drawn attention to “conflict-related sexual violence.” The UN has noted the last year was “marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being used by extremist groups, including as a tactic of terror.” How is “conflict-related sexual violence” different from violence against women in Canada? How is it the same?