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.
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.