After the Show – End Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit 2014

 

There were some great highlights and great ways various stalls utilised their space. I though I’d mention the ones that I visited and liked.

 

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5) Plan UK had an emergency classroom which was a youth-led discussion about education in conflict and emergencies.

It wasn’t very interactive for outsiders but a good idea bring the youth as representatives and allowing them to ask questions about their future

 

4) #showyourselfie was great idea to get people to interact with the stall and ofcourse I took my selfie. It did not have a direct link to the @end_svc cause which was a missed opportunity.

 

3) Katswe Sisterhood

Enthused to see a Zimbabwean performance complete with Mbira and Shona. It was an upsetting moment when the video reel showed Chiwoniso Maraire her recollection ‘Vagina monologues’ from her high school days and talking about a collaboration with Katswe Sisterhood. However, it strengthened the work that Katswe does.

The video reel showed the #bringbackourgirls marches in March that took place in Harare which was interesting. The leader of the march did say, “Gumbura’s actions is like Boko Haram” but redeemed her statement by stating that any violation against women and girls is like Boko Haram. 

 

2) Silent Cinema

Great idea for a busy open plan hall with loads going on. The films were short, of good quality and directed well. The multi-channel headsets and bean bags made it a comfortable space to be in and made it popular.

 

1) Exhibit by the International campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. Great photographs, amazing actually. Vivid and unique.

 

All in all, the summit was good, skimping on nice freebies but of course it is for a good cause. Some organisations looked out for their own agendas which may not have been related to what the summit was about. Agenda pushing diluted the clout the summit but the discussion rooms were hot on the topic. One of the interesting perspectives I heard in the Care International: When Soldiers come home: Everyday sexisms. A lady who had interacted with former soldiers, recounted how when they returned in their community they still used sexual violence. She says that the solution of anger-management as an intervention was not a solution. They were not angry, to them they were trained to use it as a tool. So behavioural therapy was essential to solve this issue.

It was a great global summit and I hope it causes effective change as a result.

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