Picking up from the earlier Business Plan for Peace discussion, the Renegade Saints will improvise new ways to build peace and stop war!
Renegade Saints are a many-headed beast from all over the world, brought together by the vicissitudes of fate in Geneva, where they started being funny together in 2013. Blending a range of backgrounds in typically Genevan international community style, they performed their first show together in 2014, and now perform regularly in the city, at private shows, workshops and various other occasions.
Doves Don't Do it!
If doves don’t do it, what does? Come and join Business Plan for Peace to explore what it takes to build a world without war. Humanity now has the experience, knowledge and tools to prevent and resolve conflict without the use of violence. War is past its sell-by date!
Chaired by Teohna Williams
Scilla Elworthy Three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of meetings between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas: Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005.
Kristina Lunz is an award-winning human rights activist, co-founder and Germany director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, and adviser to the German Federal Foreign Office. She was also recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Public speaker and feminist activist she continues to raise her voice against sexism, educational inequality, and racism, with “zero tolerance for social injustice,” as she says.
Jeremy Gilley In September 2001, as a result of Jeremy’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by UN member states, establishing 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace – Peace Day. To prove the day can work, Jeremy and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to spearhead a campaign that, over the years, has resulted in 4.5 million children being vaccinated against polio in hitherto unreachable areas, as a result of Peace Day agreements in the region.
This discussion will be followed by an improvisation performance from The Renegade Saints at 6pm who will take the ideas discussed and together with you create new ways to build a more peaceful world.
Chair: Hardeep Matharu, Editor, Byline News
Rizwana Hamid is the director of Centre for Media Monitoring overseeing the teams work and engaging with key stakeholders (media professionals, regulators, policy makers & other campaign groups). Rizwana has over 30 year experience working in the media. She has worked as a producer/director for BBC Television (News, Current Affairs, Religious, Documentary, World Service & Multicultural Programming) as well as for Channel 4 and other international broadcasters. Her films have won awards – “Journey Into Darkness” – BBC Panorama, been used as evidence in internal enquiries – “Inside Injustice” – Channel 4, and led to changes in policy – “Skeleton’s in the Cupboard” – BBC Heart of the Matter. Rizwana has also run media skills workshops for disenfranchised communities in the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
In Association with MEND
The legendary Phillipa Perry, cartoonist, therapist talks about her number one best selling book ‘The Book yo wish your Parents had Left (And your Children will be glad you did).
Chair: Research Fellow Sussex University and Journalist - Thembi Mutch
Thembi is an award winning South African/London tv/radio/print journalist who has lived worked across West, Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Tanzania 2007- 2015. She has also lived and worked in Ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda and Mozambique, teaching journalism in Maputo at the Eduardo Mondlane University as an African Studies Association Fellow. She has worked for BBC, Channel 4, Canal plus, Arte and advised on a number of corporate, government and community projects in East and Central Africa.
Audrey Brown, BBC World Service producer/reporter/presenter is a South African broadcast journalist and curator working with the BBC World Service flagship news and current affairs programme, Focus on Africa. She cut her journalistic teeth on progressive newspapers like Vrye Weekblad and the then Weekly Mail, now Mail and Guardian in South Africa in the late 1980s.
Audrey lives in London and travels the world, making radio documentaries and reporting on the lives of people in Africa and the diaspora.
Nishtha Chugh is an award-winning independent journalist and has reported from seven countries on global development, international security, climate change, social justice, migration, and gender equality. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, BBC World Service, New Internationalist, Channel 4 News, Forbes, Africa News, The Dhaka Tribune and The Indian Express. In 2013, she won the Guardian’s International Development Journalism competition for her news feature from Rwanda. In 2016, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship following her investigative work on organ trafficking for BBC and Al Jazeera. Nishtha speaks four languages and is a media trainer for the US embassy in London. When not reporting she's trying to win the lottery to fund her dream of going to the International Space Station one day.
Eliza Angangwe is a writer, managing editor of new digital publisher, The Correspondent, and the founder of The Nzinga Effect, a media project focused on telling the stories of African and Afro-descendant women. She began her career working for non-governmental organisations, but has spent the past decade working for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, narrative change organisation, The Rules, The Guardian and CNN Africa.