Title

Women PeaceMakers Conference: Defying Extremism

Event Start DateWednesday, November 19, 2014 – Friday, November 21, 2014
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
Message

Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence Design

The rise of violent religious extremism and its impact on women and communities worldwide is an urgent and deepening crisis. From Nov. 19-21, the IPJ will convene its 10th international working conference to examine the issue and gendered strategies to confront this disturbing trend.

Responding to a call from its Women PeaceMakers network, the IPJ and its partners will bring together local and international policymakers, religious leaders, security sector representatives and peacebuilders to discuss the support and interventions needed to defend human rights in contexts where extremist voices in religious communities call for violence, rather than tolerance and peace.

In particular, the conference will focus on the ways in which women and women’s rights are often the first to be targeted by violent religious extremism, and what strategies women and their allies are using to combat the polarization of their communities, assert their rights, and create the space for moderate and/or interfaith dialogue to establish peace.

Conference information: Please contact Conference Coordinator Iveta Niederle at iveta.niederle@gmail.com for information about the conference and any application/registration questions.

Sponsorship information: Please contact Diana Kutlow at dkutlow@sandiego.edu.

View the Live Stream: http://sandiego.adobeconnect.com/extremism/

Message Remainder

Nov. 19

Subject to Change

Wednesday, November 19
TimeEvent
9 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Statements
10:30 a.m. Testimonials (open to the public)
Rubina Feroze Bhatti
General Secretary - Taangh Wasaib Organization, Pakistan
2009 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Loreto Cabaya
Mayor - Aleosan, Mindanao, Philippines
Ameena Saeed Hassan
Representative of Yazidi Community, Iraq
Vicky Ibrahim
SAVE Network, Women Without Borders
Mother of Andrew Ibrahim, accused of plotting to bomb the Bristol shopping center, U.K.
Margaret Arach Orech
Commissioner - Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa
2014 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Shreen Abdul Saroor
Founder - Mannar Women's Development Federation, Sri Lanka
2004 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. PANEL - ANALYSIS: Realities Behind the Headlines
Moderator
Yakın Ertürk
Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Speakers

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini (via Skype)
Co-founder - International Civil Society Action Network

Mohamed Elsanousi
Director of External Relations - Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Shareen Gokal
Manager, Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms - Association of Women's Rights in Development

Jacob Zenn (via Skype)
Legal Adviser - International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

3 p.m. Working Sessions

Comparisons in Violence, Strategies for Hope: Sri Lanka and Burma
Facilitators: Zin Mar Aung - RAINFALL - Gender Study Group, Burma
Shreen Abdul Saroor - 2004 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Visakha Tillekeratne - Citizens for a Secure Sri Lanka

Extremism in Mainstream Society: An Open Discussion on Holistic Solutions in the MENA/Asia Region
Facilitator: Madeline Koch and Sussan Tahmasebi - International Civil Society Action Network
Links Between Militarization and Extremism
Facilitator: Sameena Nazir - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Pakistan

Unpacking the Paths of Young Islamists
Facilitator: Avi Spiegel - University of San Diego

Connecting the Dots: The Global Landscape of Religious Fundamentalisms
Facilitator: Shareen Gokal - Association of Women's Rights in Development

5 p.m. PANEL - DIALOGUES: Talking with Extremists
Moderator

Dee Aker
Director - Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Speakers
Khadijah Hawaja Gambo
President and Founder - Muslim Women Peace Forum, Plateau State, Nigeria
Merlie "Milet" B. Mendoza
Independent Humanitarian and Development Practitioner, Philippines
2010 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Mubin Shaikh
Co-author – Undercover Jihadi
Anne Speckhard
Co-author – Undercover Jihadi
Author – Talking to Terrorists
6:30 p.m. Dinner

Nov. 20

Subject to Change

Thursday, November 20
TimeEvent
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Overview of Day
9:30 a.m. TestimonialS
Sister Pauline Acayo
Peacebuilding Project Officer - Catholic Relief Services, Uganda
2005 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Fawziah Albakr
Professor of Sociology of Education - King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Rehana Hashmi
Co-founder - Sisters Trust Pakistan
2013 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Ashima Kaul
Founder - Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network, Kashmir
2014 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
10 a.m. PANEL - GENDER INITIATIVES: Defending Rights, Defying Extremism
Moderator
Jennifer Freeman
Senior Program Officer for Women, Peace and Security
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Speakers
Jamila Afghani
Managing Director - Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, Afghanistan
Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action
 

Robi Damelin
Spokesperson - Parents Circle Families Forum
2014 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker

Ulrich Kropiunigg
Director of Research - Women Without Borders
Professor of Medical Psychology - Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Sussan Tahmasebi
Co-founder - International Civil Society Action Network
12 p.m. Working Sessions
Development of the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers: What Would a Gender Working Group Do?
Facilitators: Hannele Hartto, Dr. Rev. Petri Merenlahti - Finn Church Aid, Secretariat of the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
 
Moderating Extremism in Pakistan
Facilitator: Pari Farmani - Institute for Inclusive Security
Identifying Radicalization: Early Warning and Intervention
Facilitators: Vicky Ibrahim, Ulrich Kropiunigg - Women Without Borders
LGBT and Gender Inequality: Developing Gay-Straight Alliances to Counter Extremism
Facilitators: Angeline Jackson - Quality of Citizenship, Jamaica
Maxensia Nakibuuka - Council of the Laity, Kampala Archdiocese, Uganda
Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle - St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation
Toward a Compassionate Society
Facilitator: Lina Abou-Habib and Allison Horowski - Women's Learning Partnership
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. PANEL - BUILDING EFFECTIVE POLICIES: Frameworks, Collaboration and Action
Moderator
Lina Abou-Habib
Executive Director - Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action
Program Advisor - Women's Learning Partnership
Speakers
Alison Davidian
Justice Specialist - UN Women
Joyce Dubensky
CEO - Tanenbaum
Sabiha Husic
Director - Medica Zenica
2013 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Palwasha Kakar
Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacebuilding - U.S. Institute of Peace
4:30 p.m. Working Sessions
Fostering Synergies for Advancing Women's Rights in Post-conflict Islamic States: Three Pillars Approach
Facilitators: Palwasha Kakar, Susan Hayward - U.S. Institute of Peace
Reducing Opposition to Women's Rights through Legislative Problem-Solving Dialogues
Facilitator: Lorna Seitz - Legis Institute

Unpacking the Truth: Religious Liberty, Women's Rights and Radicalization
Facilitators: Christy Vines - Institute for Global Engagement

Started from My Living Room: Community-based Models for Anti-radicalization and Reformation
Facilitators: Paula Kweskin - International Human Rights Attorney
Raheel Raza - Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
Jasvinder Sanghera - Karma Nirvana
Gender and CVE: Moving from Policy to Practice
Facilitator: Naureen Chowdhury Fink - Global Center on Cooperative Security
 
7 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series
Karima Bennoune
Professor of International Law - University of California at Davis
Author - Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
8:30 p.m. BOOK SIGNING BY KARIMA BENNOUNE AND Dessert Reception

Nov. 21

Subject to Change

Friday, November 21
TimeEvent
8 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:30 a.m. Overview of Day
10 a.m. Testimonials (Open to the public)
Arno Michaelis
Author - My Life After Hate
Maxensia Nakibuuka
Council of the Laity, Kampala Archdiocese, Uganda
Mubin Shaikh
Co-author - Undercover Jihadi
10:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote Address (Open to the public)

James McElroy
Member, Board of Directors - Southern Poverty Law Center
Civil Rights Attorney

*This event is supported by the "Without Guarantees Speaker Series"
of
the University of San Diego's Center for Inclusion and Diversity

11:30 a.m. Question-and-Answer Session (Open to the public)
12 p.m. Conference Closing
2 p.m. Regional Dialogue Sessions
Open to confereence delegates

Public Events

Wednesday, November 19
TimeEvent
10:30 a.m. Testimonials
Rubina Feroze Bhatti
General Secretary - Taangh Wasaib Organization, Pakistan
2009 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Loreto Cabaya
Mayor - Aleosan, Mindanao, Philippines
Ameena Saeed Hassan
Representative of Yazidi Community, Iraq
Vicky Ibrahim
SAVE Network, Women Without Borders
Mother of Andrew Ibrahim, accused of plotting to bomb the Bristol shopping center, U.K.
Margaret Arach Orech
Commissioner - Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa
2014 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Shreen Abdul Saroor
Founder - Mannar Women's Development Federation, Sri Lanka
2004 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
Thursday, November 20
TimeEvent
7 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series
Karima Bennoune
Professor of International Law - University of California at Davis
Author - Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
8:30 p.m. BOOK SIGNING BY KARIMA BENNOUNE AND Dessert Reception
Friday, November 21
TimeEvent
10 a.m. Testimonials
Arno Michaelis
Author - My Life After Hate
Maxensia Nakibuuka
Council of the Laity, Kampala Archdiocese, Uganda
Mubin Shaikh
Co-author - Undercover Jihadi
10:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote Address

James McElroy
Member, Board of Directors - Southern Poverty Law Center
Civil Rights Attorney

*This event is supported by the "Without Guarantees Speaker Series"
of
the University of San Diego's Center for Inclusion and Diversity

11:30 a.m. Question-and-Answer Session

Costs/Registration

Attendance at this conference is by application. We review every application in an effort to ensure that attendees are active professionals engaged in fields related to the topic. Please note that there will also be opportunities for the public to hear conference speakers and meet delegates during three open forums (see agenda). If your application is approved, you will be notified by email with registration instructions.

Registration includes all meals, conference materials, reports and processing fees, per person.



Registration TypeCost
Conference Registration: $325
Conference Registration NGO: $195
Conference Registration Student (valid student ID must be presented at registration): $175
One day rate (can only be purchased for Wednesday, Thursday OR Friday): $125

Hotel

The IPJ has arranged for a special conference rate through The Dana on Mission Bay. Shuttles will be arranged to and from the conference venue each morning and evening.

Reservations - The Dana on Mission Bay

Reservation Phone #
(mention the USD/IPJ conference, or "Defying Extremism"):
+800-445-3339

Sponsors

The IPJ gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors of "Defying Extremism."

Peace Ambassador

Finn Church Aid Foundation -
Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers


Gold Sponsor

Arsenault Family Foundation


Peace Advocate

Jeffrey and Linda Church on behalf of Honor Diaries


Thérèse Collins and Byron Georgiou


Gem Foundation

Vivian Glyck on behalf of Just like my child

Rowe Family Foundation on behalf of Omo Child


Bronze Sponsor

Voices of Women


IPJ Leadership Circle

Dee Aker
Dr. Rosemary George-Straley
Anne Hoiberg
Mary Scherr


University of San Diego Campus Partners

Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Changemaker Hub
Women's Center



Co-Conveners

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice  Association for Women's Rights in Development The Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security Tanenbaum, Combating Religious Prejudice UN Women, Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Women Without Borders, Change the World Women's Learning Partnership, for Rights, Development, and Peace

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