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.
Day 1| Friday, 10 Nov.: Women & Men in Peacebuilding: Why Gender?
13:00-13:30 Registration (tea and coffee available)
13:30-13:45 Welcome and Opening – Jakob De Jonge
13:45-14:15 Keynote 1: Peace & justice [in French] – Evelyne Ombeni
14:15-14:45 Discussion: Why Gender? Why Peace? Dr. Helen Hintjens
14:45 – 15:15 Keynote 2: Le Mouvement des Femmes et des Filles pour la paix et La securite aux Burundi. Why is this important? [in French] – Anésie Nkanira
15:15: 15:45 Tea and coffee break
15:45 – 17:30 Women at the negotiation table. Should men be invited!? Deogratis Irambona – Marie Chakupewa – Hayinchte Muhorakeye – Antionette Mutesa – Godefroid Nimbona – Marie Nagadya, Moderated by Sophie Kwizera
17:30 – 17:45 Round up and summary reporting of key insights of the day
17:45 – 19:00 Drinks & Networking Butterfly Bar, ISS,
Day 2| Saturday, November 11th: Women and Men in Peace Building – What Can Be Done Different?
09:30 – 10:00 Start (tea and coffee available)
10:00 – 10:15 Recap and Welcome – Jakob de Jonge
10:15 – 11:00 Peacebuilding from a gender and development perspective – Dr. Anthony Otieno Ong’ayo
11:00-11:30 Debate: Lobby platform: 1325 the UN Resolution on Women, Peace and Security
11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11.45-12:15 Women, development & stability in Rwanda – Gloria Uwishema
12:15 – 12:45 Gender and Reconstruction in post-conflict DRC – Marie Chakupewa
12:45 -13:45 Networking Lunch – Kenyan Delicacies
13:45-14:45 Art workshop-The influence of art in peacebuilding – (Creating Rights- Fiana. Gantheret, Justin Kabika)
14:45-15:45 Debate: Our seat at the Peace Table: women of the Great Lakes Region – Christine Among(Uganda), Marie Balagiza (Congo), Anesie Nkanira (Burundi), Yvette Muhire (Rwanda)
15:45-16:45 Group discussions: Case studies: Moving towards an inclusive and peaceful Great Lakes Region? Future perspectives.
Rwanda: Chaired by: Sophie Kwizera
Burundi: Chaired by: Deogratis Irambona
Uganda: Chaired by: Moses Atacon
Congo: Chaired by: Bashi Cikuru
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks
17:00 -17:30 Dance performance by Jean Claude Mihigo (Ballet Ukwezi)
17 :30 -18:30 Networking Bites and Drinks – Kenyan Delicacies
Where: Institute of Social Studies, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
When: 10 & 11 November
Free tickets, but registration required: Reserve here!