Event Report: International Day of Non-Violence

18 November 2015

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2nd October. The day is a global observance that promotes a culture a peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In addition, part of the process to achieving a sustaining peaceful environment is to also understand the close linkages between the gender and peace. Peace is critical to promote gender equality, and gender inequality can also undermine peace and drive conflict and violence. 

The UNPFN organized a half-day event on October 3rd, 2015 that supported dialogue with youth on how they understood issues of gender, women’s empowerment and development as it relates to the broader context of peacebuilding. Doing so in the context of observing the International Day of Non-Violence gave an opportunity for youth to voice their commitment to resolving conflict at all levels in a non-violent way, as well as a space to explore topics of gender equality, women’s empowerment and how this links to the broader context of peacebuilding. 

The agenda of the day was composed of a series of interactions:

  1. Short videos from the UNDP Gender Equality in Nepal competition and UNFPA’s Dignity First Campaign were utilized along with a focus group discussion to promote dialogue on cultural norms around gender roles and responsibilities and women’s empowerment. 
  2. An art workshop provided the space for youths to use art as a means of self-expression and interpretation of their understanding of how they see their role in their family and community with respect to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. 
  3. Opinion poll statements/questions and a photo exhibition on sexual violence in conflict were placed around the event space to engage participants and get their feedback on issues related to gender equality, women’s empowerment, cultural norms around gender roles and responsibilities. 

The overall aim of this event was to contribute in the implementation of National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 & 1820, whose overall objective is to achieve sustainable peace and just society, in part through the meaningful participation of and protection women and girls at all levels of the conflict transformation and peace building process. 

The event also promoted the “I Declare” campaign, which was adopted from the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security held in Amman, Jordan on August 21-22nd, 2015 that provided a space for youth to express their opinions and have their voice heard as it related to their thoughts on youth, peace and security. We invite you to view the undermentioned report on the event for detailed information. 

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