Upcoming Events: Women Civil Society Leaders

Next week LSG, in association with the UCD Institute for British and Irish Studies, is proud to be hosting three women civil society leaders who have made an ongoing and substantial contribution to peace, sustainable development and equality in post-conflict Liberia:

The three civil society leaders are in Ireland as part of the the Irish Government’s ongoing commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325. They will be taking part in a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supported focus group with the Institute for British and Irish Studies as well as a number of public events with the Liberia Solidarity Group.

Please RSVP to lsgireland@gmail.com if you wish to attend any event (this will help with logistics and tea/coffee).

Wednesday, 15 May

Women, peace and decision making in post-conflict societies event

Time: 10:30- 13:00

Venue: NWCI Offices, 2-3 Parnell Sq. East, Dublin 1.

This event aims to bring Irish Women in Civil Society Organisations North/South together in solidarity with women leaders in Civil Society Organisations in Liberia  to exchange experiences on ‘women, peace and decision-making in post conflict societies’.

A particular theme of our discussion will be the release of Ireland’s new White Paper which mentions a specific commitment to UN 1325 :

We will continue to support efforts to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution1325 on Women, Peace and Security, whichrecognises the close links between the issuesof peace, security and development, and the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights.

Irish Aid, Our World, Our Future, Ireland’s Policy for International Development, p. 17.

Thursday, 16 May 

1. Women in post-conflict Liberia: Perspectives from women civil society leaders Lunchtime Session

A lunchtime session with the Department of Applied Social Studies in association with the Kennedy Institute and Trocaire

The seminar will bring together three civil society leaders who have played an important role in supporting peace, security and gender equality in post-conflict Liberia.Discussions will focus on how Ireland can provide support and solidarity to ongoing efforts for peace, development and gender equality in Liberia.

Time: 13:00-14:00

Venue: Arts Building Classhall F

2. LSG Roundtable on Women and Trade Justice

This roundtable event will be a space for LSG and friends to reflect on the group’s trade justice project and our report The Free Trade Trap. In particular we will acknowledge that there is a lack of a gender equality perspective in trade justice campaigning and will discuss how we can include a gender dimension in our campaigning for trade justice.

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: John O Connel Room, Laraghbryan House, North Campus, NUI Maynooth

Liberian Civil Society Leader Biographies

Dorothy Tooman, Director, Development Education Network Liberia

DEN-L is a local NGO that promotes grassroots empowerment, economic justice, democratic development and gender equity. Dorothy has been a long standing advocate for women’s rights throughout her career especially her work in the Gender Action program in DEN-L.

Korto Williams, Director, Action Aid Liberia

Korto Williams is the Country Representative of AAI-Liberia, joining  ActionAid in 2007 as Women’s Rights Coordinator. She has some 10 years of development experience working on post-conflict reconstruction and women’s rights issues in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Burundi.

 Caroline Brown, Deputy Country Representative, Medica Mondiale

Caroline Bowah Brown is a development practitioner and women’s rights activist. She works for medica mondiale Liberia as Deputy Country Representative. mmL is an international women rights organization that supports women and girls. Most of her work is in the areas of peacebuilding, governance, security sector reform, women’s rights and transitional justice.