Dina Baslan’s “On the Refugee Route” post out now

In this second to last blog in 2016 convening participant Dina Baslan’s five part series, “On the Refugee Route” takes us along my friend Somar’s journey through Europe’s firewall; the Balkans. We tread through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia –queuing in lines, crossing borders on foot and sleeping in camps– before something (un)expected takes place which leads to separating our group. Read the rest of the story on her Medium blog: https://goo.gl/Yg2J9F

 

US Ambassador to Cyprus to Host Opening Reception

We are very appreciative that our opening reception will be hosted by the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Dougherty. 

For the convening, our keynote speakers include:

Professor Fatima Sadiqi, a Moroccan convening participant, professor, and researcher. She has an academic background in women and gender studies in the MENA region.

Anat Thon, a successful lawyer and activist promoting the representation of diverse women in a public-decision making bodies, and submitting numerous petitions to the Supreme Court on Res. 1325 in Israel. She will be joining our Israeli team.

Amal Hamidallah, Director of the Gulf Foundation, lawyer, and civil society analyst residing in the Netherlands.

Rash Report: International Women of Courage Award winners offer Mideast hope

President Sandy Pappas met with the two women offered the Women of Courage Award. Read more about Dr. Nagham Nazwat Hasan of Iraq and Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awlaqi’s of Yemen’s work on behalf of women in the Middle East.

FGW President Sandy Pappas met Dr. Hazan, an International Women of Courage Awardee

FGW President Sandy Pappas met Dr. Hazan, an International Women of Courage Awardee

 

Sen Pappas with Dr Al-Awlaqi and the AlHajiby family from Yemen

Sen. Pappas with Dr Al-Awlaqi and the Al-Hajiby family from Yemen

Thousands of Women are Saying “Enough,” Demanding a Peaceful Resolution to the Conflict

Summer 2014. Fifty days of war with near-constant rocket fire between Israel and Gaza.  Chilling fear seeps into our bones. Adults are consumed with worry about sons, daughters, neighbors and friends at the front lines, frail parents, and young children: not everyone succeeds in running for cover at a moment’s notice. Afterwards, we recalibrate our new reality, with its dead, its survivors, its heroes, its injured, and its bombed places. All over again.

Summer 2015. Fear lingers: when will the next violent round erupt?  Despair follows: the constant message that there’s no partner on the other side with whom to negotiate dashes hopes for a lasting agreement and the beginning of normality.  And yet. Thousands of Israeli women face their fear and despair by joining a movement, Women Wage Peace, formed just as the last missile fell in August 2014.  Our political beliefs vary, but we all believe in re-awakening demand for a non-violent, honorable and bilaterally or regionally acceptable political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. READ MORE.

Women Wage Peace (WWP) is a NGO of Israeli women working for a viable peace agreement. WWP is a screening partner for the Women, War & Peace series and has coordinated screenings of Hebrew and Arab subtitled versions of Pray the Devil Back to Hell for thousands of viewers.

 

At Security Council, UN Women Chief Urges Greater Input, Visibility of Women in Peacebuilding

28 March 2016 – Emphasizing the consistent, dependable and universal commitment of women to conflict prevention, the head of UN Women today called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peace-building resources to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“Women need to be resourced so that they can do more,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women told the Security Council during an open debate on the role of women in conflict prevention in Africa. Read more.

U.S. Institute for Peace releases new “Thought for Action” kit

Check out the new “Women Preventing Violent Extremism” thought for action kit published by the U.S. Institute for Peace. This document is for policy makers, practitioners and academics who are interested in understanding “why gender matters” in preventing violent extremism. Check it out here.

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Pres. Sandy Pappas holds talk at AAUW

FGW President Senator Sandy Pappas holds a Forward Global Women talk at the  American Association of University Women (AAUW) House on Summit Ave. in St. Paul, MN. A successful talk spreading the word about the successful work we do! Pictured from left is Lois Wintersteen, Sandy & early FGW, supporter Karen Kirkwood

FGW President Senator Sandy Pappas after her FGW talk at the AAUW house on Summit Ave in St Paul. Left Lois Wintersteen, Sandy & early FGW supporter Karen Kirkwood.

FGW President Senator Sandy Pappas after her FGW talk at the AAUW house on Summit Ave in St Paul. Left Lois Wintersteen, Sandy & early FGW supporter Karen Kirkwood.