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.
Friday, October 21st 8AM – 6PM:
The first day of the symposium will include panel discussions with experts on genocide, gender, and the effects of violence against women in conflict; remarks and analyses from keynote speakers; and testimonies from witnesses and survivors, including women from Darfur and other areas of conflict.
Saturday, October 22nd 8AM - 4PM:
The second day will be dedicated to breakout sessions for students, activists, and Sudanese diaspora members, with a focus on advocacy training, networking, strategy development, and a roundtable discussion with Sudanese diaspora from all parts of Sudan to develop a united Sudanese strategy for change in Sudan.
Sunday, October 23rd 10AM - 4PM:
Student advocacy training and networking day. *Detailed program will be forthcoming.
Monday, October 24th (optional):
Lobby day. *Detailed program will be forthcoming.
SPEAKERS: Niemat Ahmadi- Founder and President of DWAG; 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; Matthew T Simpson- Corporate Attorney at MintzLevin; among others.
A full list of speakers can be found at: http://www.darfurwomenaction.org/projects/symposium2016/. A detailed program of the event will be available soon.