Women take an active part in conflict everywhere – in combat roles, providing medical support, reporting on conflict as journalists and photographers, and in a thousand other ways. But they experience the consequences of war very differently from men. With their children, they are the most vulnerable refugees. And while more men than women die as a consequence of conflict-related violence, according to UN Women, rape is often used as a weapon of war and violence perpetrated by intimate partner usually increases in post-conflict situations. This session will include the founder of the platform 'Refusing to be Silenced' Mariana Katzarova and one of the winners of this years Anna Politskovskaya award activist Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan.
The following are examples of sessions scheduled across the weekend (note: days will be subject to change until the final program release early March 2018) However in planning your weekend many of our international guests will be with us for the duration of the Festival appearing on panels, telling their personal stories in a WOW Bite session and offering advice in Speed Mentoring.