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Neelam Raina invited speaker at Women, Peace and Security Forum
11-13/11/17 Rabat, Morocco

Neelam Raina invited speaker at Women, Peace and Security Forum

Dr Neelam Raina, Senior Lecturer Fashion and Interiors, will be speaking at the The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) 6th Annual Women, Peace and Security Forum, “From Extreme Violence to Violent Extremism: Women's Strategic Engagements to Provide Positive Sustainable Solutions” from the 11th to 13th of November 2017. The event is organised by ICAN with support of the Royal Norwegian Government, the Swiss Government, the United Nations Development Programme, and One Earth Future Foundation.

The gathering is held in Rabat, Morocco, generously hosted by the Rabita Mohammedia des Oulémas and Search for Common Ground, Morocco. This forum consists of women peacebuilders and human rights defenders from over 35 countries actively involved in countering violence and extremism by promoting peace, resilience, equality and pluralism (PREP). It focuses on strategies and approaches that ICAN partners have developed to build alliances and collaborate effectively with other key actors at the community, national and international levels who have an interest and responsibility in reducing violence, countering extremism, fostering social cohesion and sustaining spaces for independent civil society.

The forum sessions are designed to focus on the approaches and processes that we undertake to build alliances and leverage the influence of other actors and sectors who have an interest and responsibility to reduce violence, counter extremism, facilitate inclusivity and foster social cohesion. Drawing on Johan Galtung’s theory of change model1, we  analyze the strengths as well as gaps in current strategies that our participants have developed. We will enable cross-country experience sharing regarding innovative partnerships with the media, religious community and other sectors at the local, national and international levels

Under the overarching theme “From Extreme Violence to Violent Extremism: Women's Strategic Engagements to Provide Positive Sustainable Solutions”, ICAN’s 2017 Forum will be dedicated to sharing experiences, tactics, lessons and prospective ideas for deepening these strategic alliances.