Peacebuilding and Nonviolence: Beyond the Cliches
November 3-4, 2017

The peacebuilding conference is free and open to the public. Register for Saturday's free lunch.

Friday, Nov. 3

1-4 p.m.
Park University
PDL Conference Center

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Keynote Speaker: Danielle Taylor

"Women as Essential Nonviolent Peacebuilding Leaders: Lessons from West Africa."

Saturday, Nov. 4
9:30 a.m.
Johnson County Community College
Hudson Auditorium

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Saturday, Nov. 4

9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Johnson County Community College
Regnier Center

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This two-day conference explores the essential role of nonviolence in building and maintaining a lasting peace.


"Peacebuilding" refers to activities undertaken to prevent conflict and establish sustainable peace. These activities combat the causes of violence through reconciliation, trauma healing, restorative justice and development while addressing social, political and economic systems that inhibit sustainable, peaceful relationships.

About the Keynote Presentation

Peacebuilders worldwide are well aware of the fact that women make significant contributions to sustainable peace processes. Unlike their male counterparts, they tend to be more interested in responsibility sharing than power sharing, and concentrate firmly on psychological recovery, reconstruction of schools and hospitals, and procedures for productive dialogue. Yet their efforts are often overlooked by mainstream media outlets and military powers around the world.

Danielle Taylor, senior human rights associate at The Carter Center, will discuss this phenomenon with examples from her work in West Africa.

About the Presenter

Danielle Taylor is an international development consultant, specializing in gender-based social norms in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent the past decade researching the intersections of religion and gender with sexual and gender-based violence, effective community engagement and access to quality education across sub-Saharan Africa. She currently serves as The Carter Center's Senior Human Rights Associate, overseeing the design and implementation of initiatives that engage traditional and religious leaders in advancing the human rights of women and girls in West Africa.

Taylor regularly serves as a public speaker on issues of gender, race, faith and human rights. In particular, she has been sought out to raise awareness of the roles of gender and race in international development. Before joining The Carter Center, Taylor worked with the International Rescue Committee and Teach for America. She received her Master of International Policy from the University of Georgia.

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