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 Best wishes for 2015

Geneva Call wishes you a Happy New Year and thanks you for your continued support and collaboration. In 2015, it will continue to protect civilian populations caught in the midst of conflict around the world.
 

Training in Yemen and the Philippines on sexual violence and gender equality


Sexual violence and rape in particular are pervasive in many armed conflicts. Geneva Call has been engaging armed non-State actors and local communities on this issue, as well as on the promotion of gender equality since 2012. Two workshops took place in December, in Yemen and the Philippines.

In the Philippines, 17 representatives of different community-based organizations from Mindanao participated in a two-day workshop organized in partnership with United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UNYPHIL Women). The methodology of engaging the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on gender issues was presented and discussed. Participants were also able to share their views on how to protect from sexual violence and to promote women’s rights in the Moro context.

In Yemen, Geneva Call has been engaging the Al-Houthi / Ansar Allah movement since 2008 on the landmine issue and more recently on child protection and gender issues. Last December, in collaboration with OHCHR, Geneva Call conducted a three-day training course on the role of women in the protection of civilians in armed conflict in Sanaa.  >> Read more
 

Burma/Myanmar: workshop  with the Karen Human Rights Group
 


Last November, for the first time, Geneva Call conducted a three-day workshop with the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) on child protection and gender issues. The KHRG is an internationally-recognized human rights organization established in Karen State specializing in seeking to highlight human right abuses in Burma/Myanmar.

27 participants were trained on the obligations contained in the two Deeds of Commitment that the Karen National Union / Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) signed in July 2013 - the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict and the Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination.
 
This training was part of a larger programme to disseminate the obligations of the Deed of Commitment to all stakeholders: members of the armed group, communities and civil society. >>Read more

Geneva Call’s President talks at TEDx Nations
 

On 11 December 2014, Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Geneva Call’s Executive President, participated in the last TEDx Nations talks in Geneva and gave a well-received speech on the necessity to enter into dialogue with armed non-State actors.

“Why we have to speak to everyone" by Elisabeth Decrey Warner. Watch the video.

New Head of Operations

Eric Ouannes joined Geneva Call as Head of Operations in January.
The organization would like to extend him a warm welcome. Before joining Geneva Call, Eric was Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Japan from 2005 to 2013 and President of MSF Korea from 2011 to 2014. He joined MSF in 2001 and had been holding the post of Country Director in numerous contexts including South Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.
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