04.05.2023: An inclusive approach to the legacy of conflict

In the webinar "Memory and Transformation", experts and participants addressed the legacy of conflict-related violence and injustice. In particular, the webinar explored which voices and experiences are excluded when dealing with this legacy, which still resonates today, and what the consequences of this exclusion are. The recording of the webinar is now available.

Marginalised groups of people often remain unheard in peace processes and are underrepresented in the coming to terms with conflicts. What are the consequences of this exclusion? What are possible paths to inclusion and feminist transformation in dealing with the past and peacebuilding? Together with experts from the South African, Ugandan and Swiss contexts, participants of the webinar "Memory and Transformation" addressed these questions on 1 March 2023. The focus was on collective memory and counter-narratives, feminist perspectives on the meaning of peace, armed conflict and its legacy, and the link between sexual and gender-based violence and the failures of the past and present.

In the recording of the webinar you can listen to the presentations of the three invited experts:

·       Izabel Barros is currently a PhD student at the Centre d'histoire internationale et d'études politiques de la mondialisation at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she is researching Swiss colonial history in Brazil.

·       Yaliwe Clarke is Interim Director of the African Gender Institute and Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of African and Gender Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2000, she has worked with a wide range of women's rights activists and activists on peace and conflict resolution processes in over 11 countries on the African continent, including Uganda.

·       Helen Scanlon works as an activist and academic on transitional justice issues. She directs the Justice and Transformation Programme at the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a visiting professor at the Overseas Study Programme at Stanford University in the USA.

The webinar took place as part of the project on civil society contribution to the implementation of the Swiss National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security". Learn more about this project, which we initiated in alliance with KOFF - swisspeace and the feminist peace organisation cfd.

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