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COP27 MENA Webinar
Thursday 27 October 2022 | 7PM CEST | 1PM EDT

A Climate of Insecurity for COP27–The Impact of the Climate Crisis on Women, Peace, and Security in the MENA Region

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Join us in our last webinar in the series “A Climate of Insecurity for COP27” on Thursday, 27 October at 7PM CEST, where we will shed light on the myriad impacts of the climate crisis in the MENA region. Speakers will illuminate different impacts of the climate crisis on women under militarised regimes and in conflict areas, and they will sketch out grassroots solutions, and share their key demands for COP27 and beyond.

Moderator: Salma Kahale, WILPF MENA Director

Opening remarks: Hanan Awwad, MENA Representative and President of WILPF Palestine

Panelists:
– Nouha Ghosseini, President, WILPF Lebanon
– Rula Assad, Syrian Female Journalist Network
– Shirine Al Jurdi, WILPF Lebanon
– Dr. Nadia Al Sakkaf: Independent Yemeni researcher and Director of Research at Arabia Brain Trust

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A climate of insecurity #2
Tuesday 4 October 2022 | 7PM CEST | 5PM CAT | 1PM EDT

A Climate of Insecurity for COP 27: How the West has Militarised and Impoverished the African Continent

Location:
Online event

In solidarity with the Month of Action against US AFRICOM #ShutDownAFRICOM

How is the West militarising the African continent, and why does this prevent countries in the region to adapt to climate change and ensure the well-being of its people?

Join us in the second webinar of our series “A Climate of Insecurity for COP27” where we will explore how military alliances such as NATO and US AFRICOM are militarising the African continent. Africa is the continent hit hardest by the climate crisis and is already experiencing severe droughts, desertification, worsening heat and water, and food insecurity. Instead of helping Africa adapt and become more resilient, the US and NATO allies are exporting arms, training security forces, conducting destabilising military operations, and increasing tension causing a climate of insecurity across the continent. The issue of Western militarism exacerbating the climate emergency cannot be overlooked in the lead up to COP 27. It is important to consider that the climate summit in November will be taking place in Egypt, which borders Libya. In 2011, NATO forces bombed and helped to overthrow the government of Libya, which was one of Africa’s richest countries. A decade later as a result of the NATO intervention, Libya is suffering from a civil war and refugee crisis that makes it more challenging for the country to deal with climate-induced extreme drought and dust storms. There is a crucial connection between Western militarism and climate injustice across the African continent.

For background, please see Djibo Subukwe’s article “NATO and Africa: A Relationship of Colonial Violence and Structural White Supremacy” as well as Margaret Kimberley’s interview “Blacks must oppose US AFRICOM” and Abayomi Azikiwe’s “Africa Remains at the Center of a 21st Century Cold War”.

  • Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2022
  • Time: 7PM CEST/5PM CAT/1PM EDT
  • Moderator: Tamara Lorincz, WILPF Environment Working Group Convener
  • Speakers: Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire
    Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe
    Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF South Africa
  • Languages: Interpretation will be available in English, French, and Arabic.
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Webinar Invitation: Palestine and Lebanon - What is to be done?
13 September 2022 | 1 p.m. EDT | 8 p.m. EEST

Palestine and Lebanon: What is to be done?

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Online Event
Join us for a discussion on the situation in Palestine and Lebanon and US foreign policy towards the region. Panelists will address how things got to where they are, what is to be done, and why and how US foreign policy towards the region must change to promoting peace.
Speakers
  • Hanan Awad, WILPF Palestine
  • Hala Kilani, WILPF Lebanon
  • Nada Farhat, WILPF US Middle East Peace and Justice Action Committee (MEPJAC)
  • Luci Murphy, WILPF US DMV Branch Black Liberation Caucus
  • Solfrid Raknes, WILPF Norway
Moderators
  • George Friday, Black Liberation Caucus (BLC)
  • Barbara Taft, WILPF US Middle East Peace and Justice Action Committee (MEPJAC)
Organiser & Contact
Theresa El-Amin, Black Liberation Caucus (BLC) – sarnetwork@gmail.com
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A climate of insecurity for COP27
07:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m. CEST

A Climate of Insecurity for COP27– African women raising their voices for feminist climate justice

Location:
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Join us for this online event in the lead up to the UN Climate Conference (COP27) to take place from 6–18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

This webinar “A Climate of Insecurity for COP27–African women raising their voices for feminist climate justice,” invites you to listen to feminist activists and women human rights defenders’ lived experiences of the impacts of the climate crisis on the African continent. Panelists will share why the climate crisis is a feminist issue, and how it affects and compounds other challenges in their region. From Zimbabwe to Cameroon, from Ghana to South Africa, speakers will shed light on the interlinkages between the climate crisis, gender, and issues such as conflict, food security, and livelihoods. With COP27 taking place on the African continent, and droughts, wildfires, flooding, and soaring temperatures accelerating in their countries, panelists will share key demands for COP27 to effectively address the climate crisis and alleviate the worst impacts on the African continent.

Co-moderators: Tamara Lorincz, WILPF Canada and Katrin Geyer, WILPF International Secretariat

Opening remarks: Sylvie Ndongmo, WILPF International President

Panelists:

  • Aubine Zambou, WILPF Cameroon
  • Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF South Africa
  • Ayo Ayoola-Amale, WILPF Ghana
  • Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe
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Libya: A critical time for accountability
Friday 24 July 2022 | 1:00 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. CEST

Libya: A critical Time for Accountability

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Join us for this online event, held in parallel to the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), to discuss the role of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya (FFM) in supporting the rule of law and sustainable peace.

Chair: Lucy McKernan, Acting Geneva Director – Human Rights Watch

Speakers:

  • Suki Nagra – Director of the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law division at UNSMIL. 
  • Mohamed Auajjar, Chair of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) to Libya.
  • Elham Saudi – Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL). 
  • Marwan Tashani – Human rights defender, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Defender Center for Human Rights (DCHR).
  • Nadège Lahmar, Maghreb Researcher – Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  • Hussein Baoumi – Egypt and Libya Researcher, Amnesty International
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Feminist Roadmap to Peace - CSW webinar
Thursday 17 July 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Yemen time

The Feminist Roadmap to Peace in Yemen: The Nexus between Conflict and Environmental Challenges

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Online Event

A parallel-event to CSW66, this webinar will feature Yemeni women peacebuilders to share their take on the process of developing the Feminist Peace Roadmap and its validation by the affected communities, and how political, security, humanitarian, and environmental issues are interlinked.

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Bullying

Bullying is any abusive practice or behaviour directed by an individual or group of individuals towards another individual or group. Bullying can be considered a form of harassment that is more frequent and systematic. It aims not only to violate the receiving party, but also to belittle them. Bullying is characterised by being targeted at a person or group of people, while harassment need not be targeted.

Harassment

Harassment/Taharrush is a group of unwanted abusive practices that are threatening to the recipient by their very nature. Unlike bullying, harassment need not be targeted. It may take place directly or indirectly, so that it creates an atmosphere of distress, heaviness, and insecurity.

Assault

Assault is any actual or attempted aggressive act that deliberately violates or threatens the physical space of an individual or group. It is often believed that assault is limited to direct physical violations only, but as a concept it also includes indirect infringement on personal space.

Exploitation

Exploitation occurs when a person or group of people uses their power, status, or positionality for personal benefit through the use of force, duress, violence, coercion, deceit, or trickery that causes direct or indirect harm to another person or group of people, or to public interest.

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