DC is used to hosting lots of high powered speakers. But it’s rare to have such an impressive group of speakers gathered in one place to talk about Darfur.

The need for high-level attention to Darfur is critical. Darfur is suffering the worst attacks against its people in a decade — 400,000 innocent civilians fled their homes this year. And the man responsible, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, has just announced he will seek a third term.

Seeking solutions to the continued violence in Darfur, especially against women, this weekend the Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is partnering with Genocide Watch to host “Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case for Darfur.” The meeting will bring together activists and scholars, include victims in the conversation and seek effective strategies toward ending the remnants of genocide in Darfur.

On Saturday, United to End Genocide’s President Tom Andrews will be on a panel discussing genocide in the 21st century. The keynote address of the symposium will also be on Saturday, and will be delivered by Eric Reeves. Reeves is a professor at Smith College and a journalist, one of the first to break the news on the crisis in Sudan. He has testified before Congress on the region’s atrocities and has been bringing attention to Sudan for the past fifteen years.

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Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, and Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice will be speaking on accountability for genocide and crimes against women Saturday afternoon. Both have served on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and through their various positions have been working to stop and persecute perpetrators of genocide appropriately within the international system.

On Sunday, United to End Genocide’s Dan Sullivan will be facilitating a discussion on sustainable change in Sudan with Sudanese Diaspora members and activists. Following the symposium on Monday, there will also be a lobby day on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. State Department.

There is still time to join the discussions this weekend. You can register online and if you can’t attend, you can follow the conversations on Twitter at: @DWAG6 and #WomenAndGenocide

 

The Darfur Interfaith Network, the Enough Project, Impact Hub DC and United to End Genocide are co-sponsors of the symposium.

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  • Trainer Shakoor

    Thanks a lot every one cares to end genocide in Darfur , as the world has witnessed the most killing war ever happened in the twenty first century , more than decade Darfur region is experiencing daily killing and massively continuous ethnical eradication , the international community , icc and the other hr agencies are no longer hand to risque millions of people are ssubjected to mascaras and genocide because they are Darfurians ,i want you all know that Darfur is facing the most dangerous situation than ever before e , speaking on the Skype will stimulate some to discuss the issue but this will end no genocide we need very active mobilization and very close adapted news about what is going on over there . Janjaweed and unknown gunmen with unidentified militias are still considering their part of military operations to kill more
    more children, displace more and stabilize the people not to leave in peace and tranquility, if you
    want to know more about what unexpectedly to happen in darfur , click on this link http://wp.me/p45rOG-1w5) or sudanreeves.org/ the only way to end this genocide is to unite not only our elves but rather our efforts disregard the geographical location , tribal or religious background