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[OPIRG-EVENTS] SAP Cnaada Presents...Women & Leadership: Voices for Security & Development Opening Ceremonies
SOUTH ASIA PARTNERSHIP CANADA FORUM
WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP:
VOICES FOR SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
OPENING CEREMONY - FREE
IDRC BUILDING, 14TH FLOOR AUDITORIUM
250 ALBERT STREET, OTTAWA, CANADA
Thursday, November 28
8:00-9:00 Registration and coffee
Mr. Richard Harmston, Executive Director of South Asia
The Honourable Susan Whelan, P.C., M.P., Minister for
Framing the Issues:
10:00-10:30 Gender and Security in South Asia (by
~Ms. Rita Manchanda, Executive Director, South Asia
Forum for Human Rights (India)
Rita Manchanda is the Programme Executive, of South
Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), Kathmandu and
coordinator of its Women and Peace and Media and
Conflict programs. Academically trained in
International Relations at the Graduate School for
International Studies, University of Geneva and, she
is a well known journalist and writer on South Asian
security and human rights issues.
She is a peace and human rights activist and local
partner (for India-Pakistan) of 'Women Waging Peace'
network a project of the Kennedy School of Government
of Harvard University. And is a founder member of the
Pakistan India Forum for Peace and Democracy.
Currently Ms. Manchanda is researching feminizing
security and developing a methodology for gendered
mapping by local women activists of their experiences
and perspectives on conflict situations. It is a means
of reclaiming an alternative cartographic narrative
and a tool for enabling women to communicate with
national and international agencies. SAFHR’s
publication “ Women Making Peace” (2002) is based on
the Kathmandu experiment in gendered mapping.
She is also collaboratively developing a model for
more sensitive reporting of conflicts in the region
and exploring a peace journalism way of reporting from
inside the mass media.
Ms. Manchanda is one of six extraordinary women
speaking at this Forum. If you would like to
participate for the full two days, please call Jodie
McGrath email@example.com at 613-241-1333 ext.
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