“Realizing Real Peace in Syria”
The international community must revise its approach to the Syrian peace process. Amidst the violence, thousands of Syrians are working for peace in their communities. They have the guts to fight for their vision without using guns. They are the peace actors that are absent from the peace talks, and their voices must be heard.
France 24 coverage of possible Yemen ceasefire feat. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini and France 24 call attention to the real victims of the Yemen conflict – ordinary Yemeni citizens. “The Yemeni revolution was lead by ordinary people. They are the ones are bearing the burden of this war, and the cost is unimaginable.”
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini on Syrian Crisis (BBC Global)
The problem in Syria is fundamentally political, and the military solution has not and will not be sufficient. There must be not only a political process but a societal one as well if we are to get past these last five years.
Sanam Naraghi on Saudi-Iran Tensions and the Yemen Crisis
BBC World News interviews Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ICAN on Saudi-Iranian tensions, their destructive effects on Yemen, and important perspectives moving forward.
In Fall 2014, 60 women peace activists and human rights defenders met at ICAN’s 3rd Annual Forum on Women’s Rights, Peace and Security. As aid workers, NGO leaders, lawyers, journalists, writers, and professors, they are at the front lines against militarism and extremism in their countries.
When reporting on an international crisis, it’s critical for journalists to seek out the voices of women. In partnership with Peace is Loud, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Overseas Press Club, ICAN co-hosted a forum on March 16, 2015 that highlighted the work of women activists in North African and the Middle East.
Combating Violence Against Women and Girls and Advancing Peace: Three of the participants in the Human Rights Defenders Forum join President Carter for a discussion about protecting the rights of women and girls, with a special emphasis on women and peacemaking and on the role religious leaders can play in this effort. In addition to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the panelists are:
Ayisha Osori (16:00)
Lawyer and the CEO of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, a nonprofit focused on increasing the quality and quantity of women in government.
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (30:00)
Co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, and one of the civil society drafters of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
Alaa Murabit (23:50)
Canadian-Libyan doctor who founded The Voice of Libyan Women project, which pushes for inclusive peace processes and conflict mediation.
This video highlights the work of women peace activists who participated in ICAN’s “Negotiating a Better Peace” symposium in June, 2014. The Symposium was a gathering for representatives from civil society, governments, international organizations (UN and other multilateral organizations) and academia to move beyond the question of ‘why’ inclusivity matters, to ‘how’ it is being practiced, with attention to effective strategies and ongoing challenges in recent and ongoing cases (Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Philippines, South Sudan and Colombia). The diverse list of attendees allowed for information and experience sharing amongst peace process actors who do not often get a chance to connect. Click here for more information about the Better Peace Initiative.
As part of the MENA/Asia Program, ICAN produces video interviews of women activists talking about topics ranging from sexual violence to political participation. Click on the links below to view the video(s) for each country. Further video resources are also listed on this page.
What the Women Say: Tunisia
Omezzine Khalife, feminist activist and researcher
Arabya Kousri, Young Social Democrats Organization, Ettakatol Party
What the Women Say: Egypt
Dalia Ziada, Ibn Khaldoun Center for Human Rights
Azza Hilal Ahmad Soliman,
Azza Suleima, Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance
What the Women Say: Yemen
Maha Awad, Eshragh Thabit and Lina Hassani
What the Women Say: Lebanon
Manar Zeaiter, lawyer and women’s rights activist
What the Women Say: Palestine
Rania Mohammad Suleiman, General Union of Palestinian Women in Lebanon
What the Women Say: Libya
Wafa Al-Tayeb Al-Nas, Organization for National Accord and Reconciliation
Interview with ICAN co-founder Sanam Anderlini, conducted by Sahana Dharmapuri, Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Independent Gender Advisor. Anderlini talks about ICAN’s founding and mission, what it really means to “include women” in peace-building, and where you find these female activists.
Read Sahana Dharmapuri’s full bio here.
Watch the 8-minute video below.