Initiatives & Events

Upcoming COFEM Initiatives and Events

COFEM is predominantly a volunteer-run network – and yet, this doesn’t stop us from collectively identifying, convening and organizing key initiatives and actions linked to COFEM’s core objectives. Watch this page for updates on upcoming initiatives and events!

As part of the global 16 Days of Activism against GBV campaign in 2018, we are hosting a series of online learning events we’re referring to as the COFEM Knowledge Summit. This is an exciting opportunity to for anyone who is interested in engaging with leading GBV experts to share ideas about how we can better meet the many challenges we face in our work. For more information about the Knowledge Summit and how to participate in specific online sessions, please click here.

in Action

COFEM members and allies are encouraged to use COFEM tools and resources in trainings, course curricula, advocacy and other activities. (If you do use our resources, please tell us here!)

Here is a spotlight on a couple of recent events by COFEM members who are out in the world doing inspirational advocacy:

    • Side Event to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women: “Feminist Perspectives: Challenging Gender-Based Violence and Structural Inequality in the Arab Region and Beyond”Date: March 15, 2019

      COFEM co-hosted this event alongside the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, the Global Women’s Institute, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and VOICE, at the LAU New York Academic Center.

      Mendy Marsh, co-founder and Executive Director of VOICE: Amplifying Women and Girls in Crises, and women’s rights activist Kaneez Fatima Saeed, led a powerful panel discussion about violence against women and girls and how to implement feminist-informed approaches that can help establish change. Examples from the Feminist Pocketbook and the Arab region illustrated the challenges, resistance, and entry points to achieving meaningful change for women and girls, and resulted in an engaging conversation among panelists and attendees alike.

      The event was moderated by Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University.

    • MenEngage on the spot: An Accountability Dialogue on the work of the Alliance, past, present and future, after 10 years of existence
      Date: 16 March 2018

      For more information on COFEM’s involvement and the event, please click here.

    • Panel at the Stockholm Gender Equal Forum 2017: Applying feminist approaches in humanitarian response
      Date: 16 April 2018
      Using examples from the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Europe, the Rohingya humanitarian emergency in Myanmar and Bangladesh, humanitarian emergencies in South Sudan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other places, this panel looked at the problem with a “gender neutral” approach, the need for more programming centering on the women and girls in humanitarian emergencies, why “competing victimhood” is undermining years of best practice, and how the international community can support GBV survivors in humanitarian emergencies.

      To read a summary of key takeaways and discussion from the panel session, please click here.

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COFEM’s key strength lies in the collective expertise and experience of its members who have made significant contributions to advancing women’s rights and scaling up efforts to prevent and respond to GBV in humanitarian and development settings.

COFEM is happy to share tools and resources! If you would like a COFEM member to speak at your next event or would like to collaborate on projects to advance feminist strategies to end GBV, please get in touch with us by completing this contact form.