On April 11, 2018, Peace Direct was delighted to partner with Spectrum Media and the War Stories Peace Stories team for the War Stories Peace Stories Symposium in New York: a day of inspiring discussion on the role of the media in conflict reporting. The Stanley Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting were key partners for the event, which was also supported by Humanity United, the Carnegie Corporation, the Compton Foundation, and the Jubitz Family Foundation.
Bridget Moix of Peace Direct (below) delivered opening remarks to the Symposium. She emphasized how local people who are directly impacted by violent conflict in the world are the experts on the problems they face, and the solutions that their communities need.
The day brought together journalists, local peacebuilders and researchers to discuss how conflict is covered across the world, and how the media can better represent the depiction of peace and conflict by involving those who experience it first hand.
Representatives from local peacebuilding organizations, including Saba Ismail, Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, and Quscondy Abdulshafi, shared their stories of tackling violent conflict and building peace in their communities in Pakistan, CAR and Sudan. Here is Saba Ismail (below) telling her story of how she founded Aware Girls, our local partner in Pakistan, and her commitment to recruiting young people for peace.
Throughout the day we heard from inspiring panelists who discussed how we can better include the voices of ordinary women and men in the discussion on conflict, and raise the potential ‘peace reporting’ by looking at solutions, not at problems.
We look forward to continuing conversation of how we can honor local perspectives through media on conflict and peacebuilding, include all voices in the debate, and ensure that we paint peace through stories of forgiveness, resistance and persistence.
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