WOMEN LEADING NONVIOLENT MOVEMENTS Symposium at USIP
In the face of authoritarianism, civil rights violations, tyranny and corruption, women are building and organizing nonviolent movements around the globe for social and political change. Women’s leadership in nonviolent movements creates opportunities for new and diverse tactics and often ensures a diversity of participation, increasing the movement’s power. But, women also face specific challenges, such as balancing their activism with their roles at home and the workplace, their vulnerability to sexual abuse in nonviolent actions, and challenging perceptions of powerlessness.
To commemorate National Women’s History Month, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the One Woman, One Vote Festival will host an intergenerational discussion among women nonviolent activists. To strengthen future nonviolent movements, leaders must learn from the past challenges and successes. Women leaders from Libya, Syria, Uganda and Venezuela will speak from their experiences as activists for social change on the challenges they faced as women and how they are organizing to overcome them.
Scovia Arinaitwe, Rhizing Women Uganda
Palwasha Hassan, Afghan Women’s Educational Center
Mariam Jalabi, Syrian Nonviolence Movement
Zahra’ Langhi, Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace
Isabella Picón, LaboCiudadano – Venezuela
Judy Richardson, SNCC veteran, filmmaker, author/educator – United States
Additional speakers TBA
USIP was established by Congress in 1984 as an independent institution devoted to the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad.
This announcement has been updated 3/12/19