For the past seven years, Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) has been working with its allies to bring awareness to the magnitude of the genocide in Darfur and particularly its impact on women. DWAG educates the public about these issues, empowering survivors and enable them to bring their voices to regional and international forums.
From Friday, October 21st to Monday, October 24th, we, along with hundreds of anti-genocide activists, women’s rights advocates, , survivors, experts, artists, celebrities and concerned leaders will come together to address genocide, it’s impact on women, and build strategies for sustainable change in Darfur.
WHO: Activists, students, survivors, and experts on genocide and women’s issues from around the world. Meet our invited guest speakers and participate in panels with breakout sessions for more intimate discussions.
WHAT: By addressing genocide and its impact on women, we will define challenges and develop strategies for ending violence against women and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Our goal is to empower activists and affected communities, set strategies for meaningful inclusion and justice for victims, and influence effective policy reforms that will bring a sustainable end to genocide in the 21st century. WHEN: Friday, October 21st 8AM – 6PM: Speakers & Panel Discussions for sustainable change in Sudan with Sudanese diaspora and activists Saturday, October 22nd 8AM - 4PM: Strategy Session to build effective partnership for genocide prevention with experts and leaders from the anti-genocide movement
WHEN: Sunday, October 23rd 10AM-4PM: Student advocacy training and networking day Monday, October 24th: Lobby day (Optional) WHERE: Friday and Saturday 1313 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 (Sunday TBA).
WHY: We are building a global alliance to end genocide and work towards women’s empowerment in Darfur, Sudan at large, and worldwide. Together, we have the power to end genocide for the people of Sudan!
SPEAKERS: Professor Greg Stanton- President of Genocide Watch, Niemat Ahmadi- Founder and President of DWAG, Dr. Douglas Irvin-Erickson- Director of the Center for Genocide Prevention at GMU, Maureen Murphy- Senior Research Associate of the Global Women’s Institute at GWU, Sima Samar- Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Lee Ann De Reus- Co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA, and Matthew T Simpson- Corporate Attorney at Mintz Levin. A list of speakers can be found athttp://www.darfurwomenaction.org/projects/symposium2016/. A detailed program of the event will be available soon.