Sonke at centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

This week, Sonke’s Executive Director, Dean Peacock, Refugee Health & Rights Coordinator, Micheline Muzaneza, and MenCare Government & Media Liaison, Patrick Godana are in the Netherlands, participating in the 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Both Sonke and MenEngage (which Sonke co-cordinates along with Promundo-US) are involved in the centenary.

Sonke is coordinating one of five afternoon plenaries: Engaging Men & Boys for Gender Equality, Peace and Social Justice: Rationale, Strategies, Accountabilities.

The panel, coordinated by Sonke, includes many MenEngage members. Panellists come from all over the world, including Patrick Godana (Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa); Oswaldo Montoya (MenEngage Global, Nicaragua); Anthony Keedi (ABAAD, Lebanon); Isabelle Geuskens (Women Peacemakers Program – WPP, The Netherlands); Nikki van der Gaag (Independent Consultant, author of Feminism and Men, UK); Natko Geres (Promundo US); Henri Myrttinen (International Alert, UK). The panel will be moderated by Joni van de Sand (MenEngage Global, The Netherlands).

Today, Sonke’s Co-Founder and Executive Director will speak on an afternoon plenary panel: ‘Power, War, and Weapons’

Panellists include:

  • Cynthia Enloe, Demilitarisation and Feminist Specialist, Clark University
  • Sameena Nazir, Women Peace-maker, WILPF Pakistan
  • Jody Williams, Leader in Ban Landmines & Global Women’s Movements and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Binalakshmi Nepram, Gender and Micro-Disarmament Expert & Civil Rights Activist, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & Control Arms Foundation of India
  • Dean Peacock, Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa.

Moderator: Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Micheline Muzaneza is involved in a number of events, representing both Sonke & the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Last week, she joined the Nobel Women Laureates for a three-day event – Defending the Defenders: Building Global Support for Women Human Right Defenders!

Also today, Survivors United for Action – a campaign of the Nobel Women’s Initative / International Campaign to Stop #Rape & #genderbasedviolence in conflict will be giving a panel session at the WILPF centenary on ending sexual violence in conflict. Sonke’s Micheline Muzaneza is on the steering committee of Survivors United for Action, the first-ever global movement of sexual violence survivors focused on ending rape & gender violence in conflict.

#WILPF100 #SurvivorsUnited #WSW2015 #DefendingDefenders #WSW2015


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