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First Series of Screenings

Women on the Frontline is honored to have organized the first series of screening events of Women on the Frontline: THEIR STORIES around the world.

20 October 2016, The Hague

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  • Organized in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Introductory remarks by Susan Blankhart, Special Advisor Women’s Rights and former Netherlands Ambassador Sudan, Egypt, Costa Rica and Sri Lanka.
  • Moderated by Gert Kampman, Deputy Director DSH at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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24 October 2016, Washington DC

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  • Organized in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Introductory remarks by Joanneke Balfoort, Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Columnist for the Boston Globe, contributer to Politico Magazine
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26 October 2016, New York City

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  • Organized in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations
  • Introductory remarks by Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York
  • Moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Columnist for the Boston Globe, contributer to Politico Magazine
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28 October 2016, Ottawa

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  • Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Global Affairs in Canada
  • Introductory remarks by Peter M. Boehm, Deputy Minister of international Development
  • Moderated by Marie-Therese Helal, Senior Analyst Middle East Relations Global Affairs Canada
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We screened three films depicting the experiences of three activists from Syria, Kurdistan Iraq, and Yemen. The three films highlighted the struggles that women and men activists go through around the world but particularly in the Middle East and North Africa and remind us of how important and crucial it is to support them in their fight for freedom, dignity, equality and to address the root-causes of violence and extremism.

Bilqis Abu Osba (Yemen), a Gender and Political Sciences Professor at the University of Sana'a and an expert in gender issues who played a key role in establishing several women’s networks to enable women leaders to fight for the right to be represented in the dialogue.

Behar Ali (Kurdistan Iraq), a life-long human rights activist, working for a peaceful, secure, developed, and modern Kurdistan Iraq; a society that guarantees the full and equal participation of women and the co-existing of the different minorities in the region.

Yasmine Merei (Syria), a journalist and human rights defender, who despite all the threats and difficulties is determined to continue her fight with her fellow activists for a peaceful, free and democratic Syria.

The film screenings were followed by a Q&A sessions where all three speakers, Bilqis Abu Osba (Yemen), Yasmine Merei (Syria) and Behar Ali (Kurdistan Iraq) highlighted the vital role and crucial voices of women in bringing the longed for change and the desperately needed lasting peace and security to the region. Yasmine, Behar and Bilkis are a living example that strong and uniting alternative voices are necessary for rebuilding peace in the MENA region and around the world.

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