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


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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

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

  1. 1. On Promoting Non Violent Communication (NVC) in Syria Wajd Zimmermann Association: Women For Democracy Lausanne, Switzerland IDRC-Davos August 2014
  2. 2. LEILA’S CASE
  3. 3. 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 ?
  4. 4. NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION Why NVC? What is NVC? Basic NVC Elements NVC in Syria Today ?
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. OUR WORKSHOPS Ersal, 2014, with Leila Antakya, 2013 Al-Bekaa, 2014
  9. 9. 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!
  10. 10. 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