Key Insights from Panelists
“You know there’s a great line… trauma that is not transformed is transferred. And so you see this where people who are actually fighting for liberties are then actually turning out to be the oppressors in a decade.”
“We have to focus on reconciliation and we have to look at alternatives to violence so people, we have to debunk the myth that a violent movement or a violent intervention is quick and that it’s fast and that it’s effective, and we have to say it’s messy and there’s long term repercussions. There’s healing within a community that has to happen for you to have sustainable peace if violence was used as a tool for change.”
“[W]hereas the traditional peacebuilding approach looks at mitigating and de-escalating conflicts using techniques like dialogue and mediation and problem solving activities nonviolent civil resistance actually intensifies conflict but in an attempt to shift power in a conflict so as to get to the point where you can have meaningful conflict resolution and negotiation.”
“..we need to come up with a second answer. Ok, elections may fail because of timing because of sequencing, don’t give up on it, but in the interim here are some other things. The people, the reason they’re on the streets is they want and end to violence, they want dignity, they want their life, but they’re just failing to find the other ways to make it really happen for them, and I think that’s where this talk and this research is so crucial.”
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What unique roles have women played in challenging repression and building nonviolent campaigns and movements? How, if at all, are these roles shifting and evolving?
How/to what extent do women’s participation influence variables like tactical innovation, nonviolent discipline and movement resilience? What are some examples of this participation you’ve experienced or witnessed yourself?