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23 Oct 2014

‘No women, no peace!’ Shirin Ebadi

“The world needs peace in order to survive and have tranquillity. And peace needs the procreative spirit of women in order to sustain itself.”

Tuesday 25 November @ ISS, 16:00 – 17:45 – Source

Shirin-Ebadi-290x290Women are often stereotyped as victims and their experiences and contributions to building peace and democracy disregarded. Currently hundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes to join Islamic fighters. At the same time the IS extremists police, target and kill women who challenge their traditional role in society. Female leaders are crucial to establish a durable peace. What can women do to stand up for their rights? What proactive role can women play in the peacekeeping  process? How can we support these women and put a stop to the violence against them?

The Iranian jurist Dr. Shirin Ebadi will talk about the role of women in promoting peace and democracy in the Middle East. She is a renowned human rights activist, former judge and the first Iranian winner of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2003 for her pioneering efforts in promoting democracy and human rights. Since 2009 she has lived in exile in the United Kingdom to escape the relentless persecution by the Iranian government. She works tirelessly for the rights of women, children and refugees.

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Upcoming Event in November #1

Category: Events

23 Oct 2014

Marshall Islands vs. the Nine Nuclear Nations

Tuesday 20 November Lunch seminar @ Humanity House (10 euros, incl. lunch), 12:00 – 13:30Source

The Marshall Islands may seem like a tropical paradise, but in reality it is a big nuclear disaster. Serving as nuclear testing ground, where multiple nuclear bombs were detonated, the islands’ population suffers the consequences of health, cultural and environmental damage.



On 29 September, the SJP students 2013-2014 paid a visit to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event was organized by ISS alumna Ms. Shyami Puvimanasinghe from Sri Lanka (human rights officer at the Right to Development Section of OHCHR).

The meeting started with an inspiring talk by Ms. Jyoti Sangera (Chief of the Human Rights, Social and Economic Section of OHCHR), also an ISS alumna, on ‘human rights in today’s world and the role of OHCHR’. Ms. Sangera among other things spoke about the importance of pursuing substantive equality, realizing enforcement of human rights at the national level, and of contextual approaches. A lively discussion followed, e.g. on the role of the media (mainstream and social media), the contradictions in the positioning of the Human Rights Council as compared to the Security Council, and the need to challenge power structures and to let human rights action be guided by the outcomes of participatory processes.

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Ms. Shyami Puvimanasinghe and Mr. Bat-Erdene Ayush (Chief of the Right to Development Section of OHCHR) also participated actively in the discussion. This meeting was a wonderful start to a two-day SJP study visit programme in Geneva, which included visits to the Palais des Nations (main UN building), the South Centre and the International Commitee of the Red Cross.

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