marijn 1.0Watch Rafif Jouejati’s interview with Nieuwsuur here.

Whilst the formal Syrian peace process has barely started, it is clear this will be a long and challenging road. Many Syrian citizens have fled their homes and are often trying to survive, meanwhile hoping that peace will come soon. If the formal peace talks are not really moving forward/making progress, what about alternative ways of realizing peace in Syria and neighboring countries? What are these initiatives that Syrian citizens take/What are the initiatives Syrian citizens take, at home as well as abroad? And how can we possibly/positively support these activities? Two Syrian women will share their perspectives on peace and peace processes as a kick-off for the conversation.        

Joining the debate:

Rafif Jouejati is the founder and director of the organization FREE-Syria. In addition, she is the English spokeswoman for the activist network of Local Coordinating Committees in Syria, and Executive Committee member of the Day After Project. Jouejati worked with key actors in the Syrian opposition to develop a transition plan for Syria.

Rajin Alqallih is a Syrian masters student at the International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague. She is majoring in social justice, conflict, gender and human rights. Alqallih worked for UNHCR in Syria and Sudan for several years mainly in the field of Refugee Resettlement.

Date: Thursday 7 April 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open at 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
Admission: €7.50 (includes a drink) – free for students and SID members

Organised by Society for International Development – International Institute of Social StudiesHague TalksHet Grote Midden Oosten Platform