Programme: Small Actions, Big Movements


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Day Plan: Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence, 4 July 2014 - 8 July 2014

18.00 Launch of exhibitions

19.00 Opening session

  • Welcome by Kennedy Mabasa of the Ceasefire Campaign, Dominique Saillard and Christine Schweitzer of War Resisters' International
  • Speakers include: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (Embrace Dignity, South Africa), Jenni Williams (Women of Zimbabwe Arise, Zimbabwe), Sahar Vardi (American Friends Service Committee, and, New Profile, Israel), Omar Barghouti (Co-founder of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel)
  • Plus a special video message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • DreamWolf poetry/performance
  • Including the UMUVUGANGOMA Drummers of Burundi and a 60-voice African Choir

Facilitated by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Matt Meyer.










05 July

09.00 Plenary session: The Continuum of Violence

  • Here is the news
  • Participatory exercise
  • Plenary speakers: Bernedette Muthien (Engender, South Africa) and Zenzile Khoisan (South Africa)

10.30 Theme Groups

12.45 – 14.30 LUNCH

14.30 – 16.30 Workshops

  • The human right to refuse war service vs. the right to refuse based on reasons of conscience: Gernot Lennert (DFG-VK, Germany)

  • Direct Disarmament: Hammering Swords into Plowshares: Ellen Barfield and Paul Magno (WRL, USA)

  • BDS for Palestinian rights: What role can South Africa play?: Omar Barghouti, (Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Palestine)

  • Peace and Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan: Light Aganwa (South Sudan)

  • Shared Security: A New Framework for Global Wellbeing: Aura Kanegis, Kerri Kennedy, (American Friends Service Committee)

  • The danger to Africa, the Middle East and the World of the US Diego Garcia military base on Mauritian, thus African land: George Alain Ah-Vee (LALIT, Mauritius)

  • Breaking a wall of silence maintained by fear: Selam Kidane (Eritrea) Roberta Bacic (Chile)

  • Nonviolent Alternatives in Syria: Stephen Zunes (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, USA)

  • Peace begins on your plate ( Veganism’s critique of the roots of society’s violence): Neil Mitchell (World Peace Diet Circle, South Africa)

  • Resistance to militarism and extractivism in Latin America: Lexys Rendón (Laboratorio de paz, Venezuela), Juan Karlos Obando (Serpaj, Ecuador), Pelao Carvallo(Coordinación Curuguaty, Paraguay), Estefanía Gómez (Colombia) and Igor Seke (WRI).

  • Freedom from Violence: Peace, Security and Conflict Prevention in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Holly McGurk (United Nations Association of South Africa)

  • Pawns of War: Prostitution, Sex trafficking and Patriarchy Towards the Abolition of War on Women's Bodies: Facilitator: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (Embrace Dignity, South Africa). Speakers: Shalini Kishan, Rosemary Garsi, Jeremy Routledge, Tlale Rakubu
  • Identity Exploration at the Heart of the Quest for Nonviolence: Elavie Ndura (Burundi/USA) and Sixte Vigny Nimuraba.
  • Democracy as a catalyst and foundation for peace and security in the Great Lakes Region: Gabriel Hertis (Rwanda/South Africa) and Emery Nkanka (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Imbadu Men’s Project providing men in prison with safe space to access and share their vulnerability and explore alternative  behaviour to violence: Lesley Thomas, Arthur Rengqu and Laurie Gaum (Centre for Christian Spirituality, South Africa)


16.45 – 18.00 Workshops

  • Launch of Second edition of WRI's Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

  • Arpilleras drop in workshop

19.00 Evening Programme: Concert: Act now against climate catastrophe - from Satyagraha to Ujamaa

06 July

09.00Plenary session: The Continuum of Nonviolence – beyond regime change

10.30 Theme Groups

12.45 – 14.30 LUNCH

14.30 – 16.30 Workshops

  • Transforming Conflict Systems: Richard Smith and Fatima Swartz (Action Support Centre, South Africa)

  • Rupturing the norms: social and political responses to sexual violence in South Africa and India: Facilitators: Claudia Lopes and Paula Assubuji( Heinrich Boell, South Africa); speakers: Vivienne Lalu, Joy Watson and Urvashi Butalia

  • Militarism and Gender and Sex-Based Stereotypes in Palestinian Jewish Track III Peace Dialogue Encounters: Gal Harmat

  • Nonviolent spirituality and action: Sharon Verwoerd (Pace e Bene, South Africa): Exploring together what a spirituality of nonviolence means today in South Africa. Why activism alone does not work in the long term and how we can transform ourselves and our communities through action that is rooted in compassion and a desire for wholeness for all. 

  • Ukraine crisis and how peace movement could respond to it: Christine Schweitzer (WRI,Germany) and Igor Seke (Serbia/Mexico)

  • 100 Years of African Nonviolence (with special emphasis on the life and legacy of Bill Sutherland, and a view to the next 100 years): Yash Tandon (South Centre, Uganda), Kassahun Checole (Africa World Press, Eritrea), Charlotte O'neal (United African Alliance Community Centre, Tanzania), Shan Cretin (AFSC, USA), Dereje Wordofa (AFSC, Ethiopia ), Matt Meyer (WRI, USA) and with a special video from the Sutherland family in Ghana and from George Houser in the USA.

  • Challenges of the “Arab Spring”: Sherif Joseph Riz (Egypt)

  • Violence & Nonviolence (considering some of the ways that violence works and explore how analyzing violence can help us understand more about nonviolence) : Beatrice Atieno and Benard L Agona (CAPI, Kenya)

  • Social responses to conscientious objection: Martin Struthmann (Quaker Peace Centre, South Africa)

  • Gender Reconciliation Taster Workshop: Jeremy Routledge, Judy Bekker, Zanela Khumalo, Les Thomas (Embrace Dignity, South Africa) 3 hours long

  • Who controls the arms controllers? International comparisons and lessons for the peace movement: Laura Pollecut (Ceasefire Campaing, South Africa) and Rob Thomson (Ceasefire Campaign, South Africa)

  • Dealing with the traumatic memories of war. A case study of people living in the South African town of Worcester: Wilhelm Verwoerd & Deon Snyman  (Restitution Foundation, South Africa)

  • Wounds Unkissed: Using Artistic Tools to examine the Sri Lankan Civil War: Facilitator: YaliniDream. Speaker: Varuni Tiruchelvam
  • Hip Hop from Brooklyn to Cape Town: Jendog Lonewolf
  • Journalism and the political economy of humanitarianism: Ibrahim Shaw (IPRA, Sierra Leone)

16.45 – 18.00 Workshops

  • Celebrating the life of Howard Clark

  • Arpilleras drop in workshop

19.00 Evening Programme: Film Festival

07 July

09.00Plenary session: Nonviolence defence of livelihood and corporate militarism

  • Here is the news
  • Reflectors
  • Plenary speakers: Lexys Rendón (Laboratorio de Paz, Venezuela) and Anand Mazgaonkar (Mozda Collective, India)

10.30 Theme Groups

12.45 – 14.30 LUNCH

14.30 – 16.30 Workshops

  • Non violent resistance VS institutional violence of governmental organisation , the case of the African refugees in Israel: Aladin Abaker (Israel)

  • Research on nonviolent activism. What is the contribution of research on nonviolent activism to campaign work and movements? What kind of knowledge exist and how could it be improved?: Stellan Vinthangen (WRI/Sweden), Stephen Zunes (ICNC, USA)
  • Tzedakah and Ubuntu: Ancient Roots to Modern Solidarity: Rabbi Sam Thurgood (Afrika Tikkun, South Africa), Sergeiy Sandler (New Profile, Israel), Mazibuku Jara (Amandla!-invited, South Africa), and Faith Manzi (Centre for Civil Society-invited, South Africa)

  • Movements and the media — What's their relationship status?: Brian Farrell (Waging Nonviolence, USA), Eric Stoner (Wanging Nonviolence, USA), Priyanka Borpujari (independent journalist, India)

  • Gender and nonviolent action: Lena Gruber (Germany)

  • Conscientious objectors using human rights system: Rachel Brett (Quaker UN office) and Hülya Üçpinar (lawyer and nonviolence trainer, Turkey)
  • Igniting Community Peace through building a Culture of Peace: Dayana Dreke ( Programme Coordinator of Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development, South Africa)

  • Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) as a peoples tool for resisting war through many small actions creating a big movement: Jeremy Routdlege (Embrace Dignity, South Africa) and Subhash Kattel (Nepal) (3 hours session)

  • Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience - USA to South Africa and Beyond: C'de Anele, Kanya D'Almedia. Paul Magno and Greg Payton
  • Advancing the Anti-War Movement Through Lantern Floating: Ineko Tsuchida (Japan), Sixte Vigny Nimuraba and Elavie Ndura (Burundi/USA)
  • Creating Space for Peace in Conflict Areas: The work of Nonviolent Peaceforce: Stephan Brües (Germany)

  • Alternatives to the military: Christine Schweitzer (WRI, Germany)

  • WWI - lessons for today?: Bill Hetherington (PPU, UK) and Albert Beale (PPU, UK)
  • Rise of nationalism and responses from the peace movement?: Boro Kitanoski (Peace Action/Macedonia)

16.30 – 18.00 Workshops

  • Arpilleras drop in workshop

19.00 Evening Programme

08 July

09.00 Plenary session: Education/Peacebuilding

  • Here is the news
  • Reflectors
  • Plenary speakers: Moses Monday John (ONAD, South Sudan) and Kesia-Onam Akpene Yawo (WANEP, Ghana)

10.30 Closing of Theme Groups

12.45 – 14.30 LUNCH

14.30 Closing Session

  • Theme groups market report back
  • Ceasefire Campaign Speaker
  • Christine Schweitzer (Chair of War Resisters' International)
  • Closing activity

Facilitated by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Matt Meyer.

Theme Groups

Theme groups run throughout the conference, working on a specific facet of the conference's theme. At the end of the conference, time is dedicated to sharing the learning of theme groups.

They will be co-convened by two people who have worked on the issues and will be facilitating across the conference days, as well as resource people will give input to each group.

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