With increasing conflict in Europe and the Middle East, advancing—and maintaining—women’s rights requires us to listen to the women and women’s groups on the ground. They provide an early warning system for what is happening, a frontline response, and the best hope of peacekeeping and sustainable peace in the region.
Late in 2015, Jane Sloane, VP Programs at Global Fund for Women, travelled to Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt to meet with women’s groups, join a convening of Syrian women activists, and to bear witness to life in refugee camps for women and children.
In describing the refugee camps, Jane asks us to “Try to conceive of some 37,000 people crammed into a one kilometer space (less than a mile) and with no access to electricity, water, health services, let alone jobs and education.” Yet in the midst of sustained violence and lack of access to basic human rights, women are organizing to ensure they claim their rights—and that of their children—and break free of violence.
“Listening to these women’s stories – they are at once heartbreaking, infuriating, inspiring, devastating – affirms our responsibility to do all that we can to change the course of history.”
Join Jane for an intimate discussion on the realities faced by women and their families in the Middle East.
About Jane Sloane
Jane Sloane is Vice President of Programs with the Global Fund for Women and she was previously Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York Prior to this she was Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency, supporting women’s rights organizations across the Asia and the Pacific region. In this role she led a Breakthrough women, faith and development initiative that generated $1.2 billion in new funds for women and girls in the Asia Pacific region. Jane has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons History)from the University of Adelaide. She serves on the Board of the Women’s Funding Network and is a Patron of Marie Stopes International. Her blog is janeintheworld.com.
Date: February 4, 2016
Time: 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET