Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case of Darfur


Schedule of Events & Speakers


Day 1: Saturday, October 27


Master of Ceremonies: Emira Woods, Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs, Thought Works


8:00am – 8:45am Registration


8:45am – 9:10am Welcoming remarks by organizers and partners

  • Norrie Kurtz, Chairwoman of the Board, Darfur Women Action Group
  • Professor Jill Morrison, Director, Leadership and Advocacy

for Women in Africa Program, Georgetown University


9:10am – 9:30am Video screening: Violence Against Women in Darfur


9:35am – 10:35am Panel: Genocide in the 21st Century

  • Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University
  • Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Associate Professor and Director of Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Stockton University
  • Aleksandra Nesic, Senior Social Scientist, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

Moderated by Emira Woods, Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs, Thought Works


10:35am – 10:45am Coffee break


10:45am – 12:00pm Panel: Women’s Resilience in the Face of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

  • Eugenie Mukeshimana, Rwandan Genocide survivor and Founder, Genocide Survivors Support Network
  • Souad Ibrahim, Darfur Genocide survivor
  • Hadi Babashikh, spokesperson and director of the Office of His Eminence Al- Babashikh, the spiritual father of Yezidi


  • Najwa Adam, Founder, Najwa Foundation

Moderated by Sadia Aden, physician, human rights advocate, and freelance commentator


12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch


1:00pm – 1:30pm Keynote Address: Luis Moreno Ocampo, founding Chief Prosecutor of the first permanent International Criminal Court


1:30pm – 2:15pm Discussion on Accountability for Genocide and Crimes Against Women

  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. State Department
  • Salih Mahmoud Osman, Vice President, Darfur Bar Association
  • Mona Ali Khalil, Director, MAK LAW and Affiliate, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Moderated by Aleksandra Nesic, Senior Social Scientist, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School


2:15pm – 2:30pm President’s Address: Niemat Ahmadi, Founder and President, Darfur Women Action Group


2:30pm – 3:30pm Strategies for Women’s Empowerment: A Conversation with Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Associate Director, Institute for African Studies, George Washington University

Moderated by Professor Susan Ross, Professor of Law, Georgetown University


3:30pm – 4:30pm Special Address: Daoud Hari, Darfur Genocide survivor and author of The Translator

Introduction by Norrie Kurtz, Chairwoman, Darfur Women Action Group


4:30pm – 5:00pm Closing remarks


Day 2: Sunday, October 28


Master of Ceremonies: Ryan Allman, UN Officer and Digital Strategist, Independent Diplomat


9:00am – 9:30am Registration


9:30am – 9:35am Opening remarks


9:35am – 9:50am Video screening: Voices from Darfur


9:50am – 10:50am Panel: Millennial Activism for Genocide Prevention and the Movement for Positive Change

  • Guy Adam, Darfur Genocide survivor and student at Harvard University
  • Savannah Wooten, Program Associate at Public

International Law and Policy Group and former Student Director of STAND: The Student-led Movement to Prevent Mass Atrocities

  • Kale Mohammed, David L. Boren scholar and student at American University

Moderated by Patrick Realiza, Vice Chair, Peace and Security Committee, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area


10:50am – 11:50am Panel: Building Partnerships and Effective Strategies for Genocide Prevention

  • Mike Brand, Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Socent Studios
  • Nitza Nachmias, Professor of International Politics, Towson University
  • Kate Nahapetian, Founder, Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights

Moderated by Emily Sample, Executive Director, Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University


11:50am – 1:15pm Panel: Strategies for Sustainable Change in Sudan

  • Tanutamon Gerais, Sudanese scholar and Board Member, Voices of Sudan
  • Suliman Baldo, Senior Advisor, The Enough Project
  • Aly Verjee, Visiting Research Scholar, U.S. Institute for Peace and Fellow, Rift Valley Institute

Moderated by Rogaia Abusharaf, Professor of Anthropology, Georgetown University


1:15pm – 2:00pm Lunch


2:00pm – 2:15pm Refugee Camps Through a Child’s Eyes: Siham Hassan, Darfur Genocide survivor and Sudanese student


2:15pm – 3:00pm Breakout Sessions: Strategy Setting and Recommendations

  • Genocide Prevention and Ending Violence Against Women
  • Sustainable Solutions for the Crisis in Sudan
  • Advocacy Training


3:00pm – 3:25pm The Power of Individual Action: Ryan Boyette, Chief Executive Officer, To Move Mountains


3:30pm – 3:50pm Presentation of final recommendations


3:50pm – 4:00pm Closing remarks