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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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ZIMMERMANN-On promoting non-violent communication in Syria-ID1089-IDRC2014_b ZIMMERMANN-On promoting non-violent communication in Syria-ID1089-IDRC2014_b Presentation Transcript

  • On Promoting Non Violent Communication (NVC) in Syria Wajd Zimmermann Association: Women For Democracy Lausanne, Switzerland IDRC-Davos August 2014
  • LEILA’S CASE
  • THE SYRIAN CONTEXT March 2011: a pacific popular uprising A high level of solidarity existed the 1st year Then violence increased and manipulations by the regime started This had consequences on the Syrian Society => How can we Help Syrians Keep their Resilience ?
  • NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION Why NVC? What is NVC? Basic NVC Elements NVC in Syria Today ?
  • PROBLEMS & NVC ANSWERS Lots of tension > Relational Problems >> Social Fragmentation >>> Lost of Dialog Capacity  Empathic Listening  Stronger Relationships  Improving Cohesion  Improving Dialog Capacity !All Humans Have the Same Needs! Acceptance of the Other will Help Building the Future
  • AN APPROACH ADAPTED TO THE SYRIAN CONTEXT Create a NVC women network inside Syria & outside: Organize workshops for some activists Assist them through real situations Help them spread the method Why Women? Why the Approach must be Syrian? Why it must be Bottom-Up?
  • OUR EXPERIENCES SO FAR WFD Workshops:  March 2013 Istanbul (with Leila and Malo)  May 2013 Cairo  July 2013 Antakya (2 seminars)  May 2014 Al-Bekaa Seminars with Leila & Malo as trainors Since May 2014, Al-Bekaa
  • OUR WORKSHOPS Ersal, 2014, with Leila Antakya, 2013 Al-Bekaa, 2014
  • CONCLUSIONS The NVC method seems to be very appropriate The spreading of NVC seems to start working The approach has to be Syrian It must be bottom-up It must start with listening !Much More needs to be done to improve Syrians resilience! Sponsors to support our project are needed!
  • Today, the syrian population needs help The syrian people deserves help The syrian people is trying to help itself The syrian people is counting on you too THANK YOU