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Webinar: Myanmar, Hong Kong, Egypt – From Activism to Strategy?

16 March, 2021 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Three non-violent activists from Hong Kong, Myanmar and Egypt will share their experiences with non-violent activism and express their insight, thoughts and questions about how non-violent direct action is connected to peacebuilding and leads to ‘peace writ large.’ 

The webinar will focus on what peace activism looks like in repressive contexts. Three case studies will show how these peace activists conduct a non-violent direct action and their thoughts of keeping a peaceful movement and what are the lessons for strategic peacebuilding. Lisa Schirch will be a conversant who will frame questions having co-authored the SNAP – Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding – An Action Guide.

The peace activists will talk about how peacebuilding and peace activism has been done in various repressive contexts. They will be sharing their own experience on what they are doing in terms of active direct non-violence and what are their questions about strategic non-violence and how it fits in the larger movement of peacebuilding and building of peaceful societies.

The conversation will reveal the non-violent activist thinking strategically. Does it add up to the extending of peace constituency? It will reflect on who is thinking strategically in the context of Myanmar, Hong Kong and Egypt. Or is it protective non-violence? How to keep peaceful strategies within the movement and avoid fragmentations? And how does this contribute to the peace constituency? What are the ways that we could encourage a culture of peace within activists’ movements in repressive contexts?

Disclaimer: The speakers’ opinions are their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of GPPAC or its members.