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From North America to South Asia the corona virus pandemic has exacerbated societal conflicts promoting a rise in militarised responses from governments. But behind the headlines and stark images, community leaders, including women peacebuilders are stepping in to mediate and deescalate tensions.
This seminar will bring together the experiences of women peacebuilders from the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) network who for many years have been mediating multi-party conflicts, and who are now also responding to the challenges that COVID-19 presents in conflict-settings with pragmatism, agility and flexibility.
We will discuss how, in the midst of a pandemic, women mediators are responding to new needs in their communities, including those of conflicting parties, as they continue to work towards long-term peace and trust building
About the speakers:
Alicia Kuin is a Canadian mediator that has served as a neutral in over 600 cases involving First Nations, human rights, workplace, and community disputes. Some of her international experience includes working with the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and working alongside a team of legal counsel to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF), focusing on human rights and identity-based issues related to the negotiations between the NDF and the Government.
Neha Sanghrajka is currently the Senior Advisor to the Mozambique peace processes. Neha is a negotiator, mediation advisor and author with more than twelve years of experience in conflict prevention and resolution, mediation, peace building, policy design, electoral processes and strategic leadership in highly dynamic and complex environments with particular emphasis on Africa with a background in law and international relations.
Mossarat Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust (@PaimanTweet), a pioneer organisation in Preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in Pakistan which has received international recognition and applauds for its innovative model of neutralising extremist tendencies through community mediation, active citizenship and community empowerment for building social cohesion and has prevented thousands of youth and women from becoming extremists.
Chair: Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE @sanambna is Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN).