Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Peace Girl!

Peace Girl


A Fundraiser for Northern Uganda

Thursday, 10 April 2008 - 5:00pm

Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room

Co-sponsored by:
UBC's Centre for Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program
Department of Anthropology
Africa Awareness
International Relations Students Association
Liu Institute for Global Issues



Peace Girl is an action research and youth leadership initiative led
by a committed group of researchers, students and photographers.

As many conflict-affected countries transition to peace, girls forced
to become sexual slaves to rebels and military groups are left to
pick up the pieces. Many are stigmatized and forced to live alone.
Some brave girls refuse to believe this is what it means to be human.
They fight everyday for their rights and for that of their children
born of rape. Peace Girl supports them. Channelling funds to
grassroots peer support groups, it creates new opportunities for
young girls and women to take leadership roles in their communities.
Through life histories and creative communications, Peace Girl
documents their knowledge and experiences of war and identifies ways
to promote their reintegration in communities and leadership in
rebuilding their countries.

This fundraiser will feature an evening of photos, audiovisuals and
stories about girl soldiers in northern Uganda, with compelling
discussion by the project leaders.
The year 2008 will see resources directed to girls and women in
northern Uganda, where the civil war between the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA) and Government of Uganda has resulted in the mass
abduction of tens of thousands of girls who are forced to become
combatants and sexual slaves.

This summer, UBC alumna Letha Victor has volunteered to travel to
Uganda and conduct ethnographic research with members of grassroots
associations, collecting life histories and insights into questions
about violence, war economies, justice and reconciliation, and
political leadership. The objective is to create a newspaper article
to raise awareness of the lives of former girl soldiers and to assess
the potential of develop methods for future research.

Can't make it? Find out how you can help by visiting us at
www.peacegirl.moonfruit.com

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