The Global Women Changemakers Summit: March 12th & 13th

February 19, 2020

Uniting activists, academics, students and practitioners on creating possibilities for transnational movement building and solidarity.

About this Event

Please join us for the first Global Women Changemakers Summit, presented by the Earth Institute's Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program and Columbia University World Leaders Forum. Co-hosted by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Peace Is Loud, and the Public Science Project, this event will take place March 12 and 13 at Columbia University.

This Summit will unite academics and practitioners from across the globe for dialogue, reflection, and policy discussion on creating possibilities for movement building and solidarity. The Women, Peace and Security program believes that in times of heightened inequality, hate crimes, and global consciousness of violence against women, and in times of vibrant transnational mobilizations for gender and racial justice, this groundbreaking Summit can serve to generate knowledge, advocacy and new forms of networks to support peace and justice projects both around the world and in our own domestic context.

We gratefully acknowledge the SHMJRLEY Fund, founding sponsor of the first Global Women Changemakers Summit.

Feel free to register for all or part of the two days of programming below. If you register for the workshops on Friday, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your selections.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Forum, Columbia University | 601 W 125th St | New York, NY 10027

Reimagining Peace, Working Toward Justice

A night of dialogue about transnational solidarity in the current global context

Please join us for a keynote panel reflecting on politics and activism and gender justice, and current challenges and opportunities for transnational solidarity, movement building and social change

Speakers include:

  • Leymah Gbowee, Executive Director, Women, Peace & Security Program, Columbia University; 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, First Lady of Ekiti State, Nigeria; Co-Founder, African Women's Development Fund
  • Abena Busia, Ghana Ambassador to Brazil; Associate Professor, Rutgers University
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
  • Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 
  • Monica Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong

Friday, March 13, 2020

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University | 2120 Broadway | New York, NY 10027

Sharing Strategies, Sharing Stories

Women's Grassroots Organizing & Movement Building Across Oceans

Please join us for a series of workshops, led by women changemakers, past and present WPS fellows, academics and practitioners from across the globe. Sessions will focus on sharing strategies across geographies and contexts, with the aim of decolonizing, and expanding, the field of women, peace and security.

Morning Workshop Sessions (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

  • Coalition Building & Authentic Solidarity for Feminist Movements
  • Storytelling & Media
  • Militarism, State Violence & Everyday Lives

Afternoon Workshop Sessions (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)

  • Expanding the Lens of Gender-Based Violence
  • Listening & Learning from Youth Movements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Migration & Freedom of Movement

Speakers include:

Thea Abu El-Haj, Barnard College, Columbia University | New York; Susana Almanza, PODER | Texas ; Debbie Almontaser, Bridging Cultures Group | New York; Mariana Prandini Fraga Assis, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University | Canada; Zakiyah Ansari, Alliance for Quality Education | New York; Severine Autesserre, Barnard College, Columbia University |  New York; Jennifer Ayala, The Center for Undocumented Students, Saint Peter’s University | New Jersey; Gretchen Buchenholz, Association to Benefit Children | New York; Jamira Burley, Global Business Coalition for Education | New York; Gillian Chinzete, Institute for Young Women’s Development | Zimbabwe; Michelle Fine, Graduate Center at City University of New York | New York; Diolene Gimo, Associação Sócio-Cultural Horizonte Azul | Mozambique; Michelle Grier, Girls for Gender Equity | New York; Guerline Jozef, Haitian Bridge Alliance | California; Dalila Macuacua, Associação Sócio-Cultural Horizonte Azul | Mozambique; Tatenda Madziro, Institute for Young Women’s Development | Zimbabwe; Saudatu Mahdi, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative | Nigeria; Fatoumata Mangara, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women & Families | New York; Martha Mutisi, ACCORD | Kenya; Eri Noguchi, Association to Benefit Children | New York; Ruth Ochieng, Women's Regional Network for Peacebuilding in East Africa | Uganda; Jessica Peñaranda, Human Rights Advocate | New York; Cheyenne Reynoso, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples | California; Zoe Ross, Bomi Rural Women Structure | Liberia; María Elena Torre, Graduate Center at City University of New York | New York; Justina Trim, Georgia State University | Georgia; Phyllis Utley, Artist & Human Rights Advocate | North Carolina; Lalitha Vasudevan, Teachers College, Columbia University | New York; Cheryl Wilkins, Columbia School of Social Work | New York; Riya Williams Yuyada, Crown the Woman | South Sudan; Varna Joseph Zaki, Crown the Woman | South Sudan

Friday, March 13, 2020

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Low Library, Columbia University | 116th & Broadway | New York, NY 10027

The Changing Landscape of Peace and Security

Join us for a closing panel discussion with a selection of women Nobel Peace Laureates reflecting on the two-day Summit and looking towards new possibilities of an expanded vision of transnational solidarity, through discussions of shared challenges, strategies and opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Iran)
  • Leymah Gbowee, Executive Director, Women, Peace & Security Program, Columbia University; 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Liberia)
  • Tawakkul Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Yemen)
  • Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (USA)

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