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Congolese Activists Demand Free and Fair Elections: Film Premiere

Congolese Activists Demand Free and Fair Elections: Film Premiere

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 / Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

After two five-year terms and multiple delayed elections during the controversial presidency of Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has scheduled presidential elections for December 2018. Although hopes are high, and several Congolese contenders have publicly announced their intentions for candidacy, popular frustrations and distrust of President Kabila, whose term expired in December 2016, continue to fuel fears of rigged elections.

Democracy & Governance; Electoral Violence; Nonviolent Action

How Film Captures the Roles of Women in War and Peace

How Film Captures the Roles of Women in War and Peace

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Ten years ago, the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Documentary for its powerful depiction of the nonviolent women’s movement that helped bring an end to Liberia’s bloody civil war. Since its release, producers and directors have taken up the challenge to tell the stories of the often-invisible lives of women in conflict – producing stories in countries like Bosnia, Libya, Afghanistan, Colombia, Pakistan and Rwanda. These films have brought forward women’s critical voices to the stories of war and peace, and amplified the global agenda of Women, Peace and Security.

Gender; Nonviolent Action

Combining Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding

Combining Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding

Start: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:30am / End: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:30pm

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a series of expert panels on Facebook focused on this combination of peacebuilding and nonviolent action.

Nonviolent Action

Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves

Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 / Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

New research highlights how communities use cohesion and social structures to non-violently influence armed groups—a capacity that governments and institutions often fail to recognize. On October 2, USIP convened a discussion on such community self-protection, and how policymaking might better support it in conflict zones such as in Syria or Afghanistan.

Nonviolent Action; Fragility & Resilience; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

‘People Power’ and Peacebuilding: Can They Collaborate?

‘People Power’ and Peacebuilding: Can They Collaborate?

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

After decades in which the fields of nonviolent action and conflict resolution have evolved separately, new reports underscore that they need to collaborate to prevent social conflicts from turning violent and to build more inclusive societies. On July 26, USIP and its partners reviewed this research and discussed how these distinct paths for seeking sustainable peace can be better combined.

Nonviolent Action; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Peace Processes

Women in Ukraine's "Revolution of Dignity"

Women in Ukraine's "Revolution of Dignity"

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the Atlantic Council on Thursday, March 23 held a screening of “Women of Maidan,” a documentary that tells the stories of key players who became crucial to the movement. The film was accompanied by discussions with the film’s producer and director, Olha Onyshko, and four former U.S. ambassadors.

Gender; Nonviolent Action

The Obscured Role of Women in Nonviolent Movements

The Obscured Role of Women in Nonviolent Movements

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 / Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

On October 6, USIP released a Special Report on women’s roles in non-violent struggles. With the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the non-profit organization Just Vision, USIP gathered path-breaking activists, scholars and filmmakers to examine how women’s participation—and the success of non-violent campaigns—can be strengthened.

Gender; Nonviolent Action; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue