Women PeaceMakers Conference: Defying Extremism

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

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

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Nov. 19

Subject to Change

Wednesday, November 19
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 Hasan
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 Lankaa
2004 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. PANEL - ANALYSIS: Realities Behind the Headlines
Yakın Ertürk
Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini
Co-founder - International Civil Society Action Network

Mohamed Elsanousi
Director of External Relations - Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
Sussan Tahmasebi
Co-founder - International Civil Society Action Network

Jacob Zenn
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: Shreen Abdul Saroor, Visakha Tillekeratne
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
Title TBD
Facilitator: Avi Spiegel - University of San Diego
5 p.m. PANEL - DIALOGUES: Talking with Extremists
Alice Nderitu
Commissioner - Kenya National Cohesion and Integration Commission
Khadijah Hawaja Gambo
President and Founder - Muslim Women Peace Forum, Plateau State, Nigeria
Milet Mendoza
Independent Humanitarian and Development Practitioner
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

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Thursday, November 20
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
Jennifer Freeman
Senior Program Officer for Women, Peace and Security
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Jamila Afghani
Managing Director - Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, Afghanistan
Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action
Nadia al-Sakkaf
Editor - Yemen Times
Shareen Gokal
Manager, Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms - Association of Women's Rights in Development
Ulrich Kropiunig
Director of Research - Women Without Borders
12 p.m. Working Sessions
Development of the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
Facilitators: Hannele Hartto, Dr. Rev. Petri Merenlahti - Finn Church Aid, Secretariat of the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
Title TBD
Facilitator: Lorna Seitz - Legis Institute
Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Facilitator: Pari Farmani - Institute for Inclusive Security
Identifying Radicalization: Early Warning and Intervention
Facilitators: Vicky Ibrahim, Ulrich Kropiunig - Women Without Borders
From Radicalization to Reconciliation
Facilitators: Robi Damelin - 2014 Woman PeaceMaker
Jacques Verduin - Insight Out
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. PANEL - BUILDING EFFECTIVE POLICIES: Frameworks, Collaboration and Action
Lina Abou-Habib
Executive Director - Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action
Program Advisor - Women's Learning Partnership
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
Gender-sensitive Funding for Countering Violent Extremism
Facilitator: To be confirmed
Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms
Facilitator: Shareen Gokal - Association of Women's Rights in Development
Unpacking the Truth: Religious Liberty, Women's Rights and Radicalization
Facilitator: Christy Vines - Institute for Global Engagement
Preventing Violent Extremism: Nigeria and Kenya
Facilitator: Jacob Zenn - International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Fostering Synergies for Advancing Women's Rights in Post-conflict Islamic States: Three Pillars Approach
Facilitator: Palwasha Kakar; Susan Hayward - U.S. Institute of Peace
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 Singh - Karma Nirvana
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 AND Dessert Reception

Nov. 21

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Friday, November 21
8 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking
9 a.m. Overview of Day
9:30 a.m. Testimonials (Open to the public)
Arno Michaelis
Author - My Life After Hate
Mubin Shaikh
Co-author - Undercover Jihadi
10 a.m. Closing Keynote Address (Open to the public)
James McElroy
Member, Board of Directors - Southern Poverty Law Center
Civil Rights Attorney
11:30 a.m. Question-and-Answer Session (Open to the public)
11:30 a.m. Conference Closing
1 p.m. Regional Dialogue Sessions
Open to confereence delegates


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 two open forums. These will be posted in the conference agenda, coming shortly. 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


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"):


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

Gold Sponsor
Arsenault Family Foundation

Bronze Sponsor
Voices of Women

Special Event Sponsor
Rowe Family Foundation




Peace Advocate
Jeffrey and Linda Church
Dr. Thérèse Collins and Byron Georgiou

IPJ Leadership Circle
Dr. Rosemary George-Straley
Anne Hoiberg
Mary Scherr


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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