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November 10, 2017 @ 08:00 - November 11, 2017 @ 17:00

On the 10th and 11th of November we will host for the third time the annual Great Lakes Region Conference. The first edition (the root causes of conflict) in 2015 and the second (the role of media in conflict and peacebuilding) in 2016 were very successful and therefore we would like to continue and invite you for the coming conference. This year we focus on the role of women in the peacebuilding process in the great lakes region. Unfortunately, it is women that are still the victims of conflict rather than the carriers of peace and change.

The Great Lakes Region in Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo) is one of the most vulnerable and unstable regions in the world. In the region armed conflicts have evolved for decades and human rights violations are commonplace.
Rape, torture and murders of women and girls of all ages have reached epidemic proportions since 1994. Violence against women has become a deliberate strategy of war. However, women are not just victims, they also play an important social role, they contribute to peace and stability. To create a future in a war torn society, women are an indispensable basis.

With this conference, we want to strengthen trust between men and women from this region and among women themselves so that they are able to work together for peace.

Preliminary Program:

Day | Friday, November 10: Women and Men In Peace Building – What is Gender?- 1300 – 1800hrs

12:45 – 13:15 Entrance
13:15 – 13:30 Welcome and Opening
13:30 – 14:00 Keynote 1: Health: Women and Gender, is she free to decide?
14:00 – 14:30 Keynote 2: Youth and Education
14:30: 14:45  Coffee break
14:45 – 15:15 Keynote 3: Gender and Militarism
15:15 – 15:45 Keynote 4: The role of women at the negotiation table, can men be invited?
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Interactive Panel Session
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks and Networking

Day | Saturday, November 11th: Women and Men In Peace Building – What Can Be Done Different? |0930-1830hrs

09:30 – 10:00 Entrance
10:00 – 10:15 Recap and Welcome10:15 – 11:00 Peacebuilding from a gender and development perspective.
11:00-11:30  Keynote speech 2: 1325 the UN Resolution- Our seat as women of the great lakes: How do we effectively propagate peace?
11:30-11:45  Coffee break
11.45-12:45  Debate: Our seat as women of the Great Lakes Region – Uganda, Burundi,
Rwanda & DR Congo
12:45 -13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45-14:45 Art workshop
14:45-15:45 Panel discussion (all speakers of this day)
15:45-16:00  Coffee break
5  Non- Violent communication: Peace Message from the Burundian Women’s Movement.
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks
17:00 -18:30  Networking (African snacks and drinks) Location: At Institute of Social Studies. (ISS)

Where: Institute of Social Studies, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
When: 10 & 11 November
Tickets: Reserve here!
5 euro’s per day or 7,50 for two days, including lunch, coffee and thee.


November 10, 2017 @ 08:00
November 11, 2017 @ 17:00