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On November 15th, the Mosaic Institute will be hosting its second national student conference, the Citizen Summit 2014: Women & Armed Conflict. Following the success of a similar conference on peace building in the Middle East in 2012, the Citizen Summit 2014: Women & Armed Conflict will be a space for students and community members to discuss pressing issues affecting women in war and conflict. Taking into account how women and girls suffer disproportionally in situations of armed conflict, the conference is to address how many women defy gender roles to become active agents in building sustainable peace.

The day-long event will take place at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. Topics to be covered during the Citizen Summit: Women & Armed Conflict include gender-based violence, diaspora narratives of women in armed conflict, the lives of female combatants in armed groups, and the emergence of women’s peace movements. The Summit will consist of panels, breakout sessions, interactive group activities, an art exhibit by local artist Fatima Fasih, and a networking reception.

The event is an initiative of the Institute’s UofMosaic Program. Members of the UofMosaic Student Advisory Committee have joined UofMosaic intern Robin Jones and UofMosaic Program Manager Jothi Shanmugam in planning what promises to be a very productive conference. Early bird tickets are $10 for students, $20 for non-students, and can be purchased at http://goo.gl/vvhKZE.

UofMosaic is the Mosaic Institute’s specialized peace building program for university students across Canada.The program delivers programming at Ryerson University, York University, the University of Toronto, Concordia University, McGill University, and Simon Fraser University. UofMosaic is made possible by the generous financial support of BMO Financial Group. For more information, please contact Program Manager Jothi Shanmugam at js@mosaicinstitute.ca

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