Film Screening and Discussion
The Permanent Mission of Ireland and Interpeace, in collaboration with the International Gender Champions are delighted to invite you to a film screening and discussion on the state of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Date: Tuesday, 17th April, 19:00
Location: Graduate Institute, A2 Auditorium, Geneva, Switzerland
The film: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs
Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs is the extraordinary story of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC), a cross-community party formed in 1996 by local working- and middle-class women. Frustrated with the stalemate of local politics, the women ran a door-to-door campaign to win two seats at the historic peace talks, which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement.
Special guest: Monica McWilliams, co-founder of NIWC
The film screening will be followed by a lively audience discussion with special guest and co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, Monica McWilliams.
Vice Chair of the Interpeace Governing Council; Former Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Ulster; former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly in 2003 and contributor to the peace negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement.
The discussion: how can we strengthen women’s roles in processes for peace?
It is now nearly 18 years since the signing of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, but the gap between rhetoric and action remains large.
Everybody has a role to play in realising the WPS agenda, which holds a lens up to the roles power relations and gender norms have in violent conflict, such that addressing gender inequality can have a transformative impact on the nature of violent conflict. This discussion will reflect on the successes of the NIWC and explore how grassroots and other activism can be more effective in realising Resolution 1325.
- Introductions by H.E. Mr. Michael Gaffey, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN in Geneva, and Mr. Scott Weber, Director‑General, Interpeace
- Film screening (50mins)
- Q&A and audience discussion with Monica McWilliams
The event will be followed by refreshments