THURSDAY, March 29: Nonviolent Protection of Civilians in South Sudan

Title: Nonviolent Protection of Civilians in South Sudan
Location: RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Description: Thursday, March 29, 2012 7PM
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Free event
contact IF for more information: if.integrities@gmail.com

IF, The Resource Center for Nonviolence and Women\’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) invite you to hear Tiffany Easthom, Country Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce Programs in South Sudan.

With support from the United Nations, the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) program in South Sudan has reached out to children affected by armed conflict and to women affected by gender-based violence; to refugees fleeing the renewed fighting in disputed areas between the north and south of Sudan, as well as to children and others fleeing violence in the border areas to the south and west. They train and develop peace teams in local communities to provide nonviolent safety and protection and to promote nonviolent conflict resolution.

Over the past year, Tiffany Easthom has overseen the growth of NP’s country program in South Sudan from one small field office in the town of Mundri to an 8-fold expansion of field offices across 5 states of South Sudan. She has recently been named “Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year” by NP’s International Governing Council.

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is an international NGO which uses ‘unarmed civilian peacekeepers’ to protect civilians and reduce violence in situations of armed conflict and its aftermath. NP has been in South Sudan since November 2009 and is also working in Mindanao in the Philippines, where it has official responsibility for Civilian Protection under the current ceasefire agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. NP recently closed its first country program after 9 years in Sri Lanka and is now in the process of establishing a regional program in the South Caucasus.

This presentation is FREE (there will be opportunity to offer tax-deductible donations to the Nonviolent Peaceforce)
Date: 2012-03-2

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