The Department of Government and International Relations (GIR)/Faculty of Law and Political Science at Notre Dame University, in partnership with Fe-Male and ABAAD, and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MOFA), take great pleasure in inviting you to a conference titled “A Voice of Our Own: Retelling the Stories of Gender Based Violence”.
The conference will include the launching of a Code of Conduct (CoC) between media institutions, professionals and women’s NGOs and a pioneer toolkit on gender-sensitive media coverage for women and girls in conflict and post conflict situations. The conference will also highlight the topic in a panel discussion made up of gender experts, policy makers, and media practitioners.
The Toolkit and the CoC were developed by Fe-Male in partnership with ABAAD with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MOFA) in collaboration with a steering committee of qualified experts of academicians, journalists, legal experts and training consultants.
The burning light of Truth is mightier than multiple established realities. Its primordial locus is located in various stories; moving from the world of the text to extra-textual existence. Memory can also be a form of truth. The realm of magic can often serve ‘Truth’ and expose the process of ‘Being-of-Being’. By anchoring our search for truth in our own existence we transcend the realm of angels dancing on the head of a needle. The struggle to tell our own stories is a dialogue between our own being and the ‘Being’ or essence of things. Therefore, this conference will reflect upon women’s untold stories: Many are related to joy and expectation, others to pain and desperation. By retelling certain stories from a gendered perspective, we will allow both women and men to help create a space in which being gains a voice. Ultimately our goal should be to create a world in which it is easier to speak truth to power and thus easier for people to be good.
The three main objectives of the conference are:
- To launch the Toolkit and Code of Conduct regarding Protection and Mitigation of Gender Based Violence (GBV) against Women and Girls in Lebanon among Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Host Communities.
- To spread awareness on gender based violence among faculty and students, in the workplace, and in society at large.
- To promote gender mainstreaming as an overall approach to teaching, research, and service provision.