Beyond Prevention: Five Alternative Ways to Peace

What: Human Library – 5 Alternative Ways to Prevention
 7 Nov, 2017 – 12.30 – 14.00
Where: UNOG Library, Palais des Nations, Geneva Switzerland


 Shontaye Abegaz – Just Governance for Human Security Coordinator
Born and raised in the United States, Shontaye has also lived in Europe, Africa and North America. She has been a devoted volunteer for various organizations since adolescence and her interests include:  peace building, intercultural dialog, human security and good governance. Volunteer work began for Shon with Initiatives of Change in Washington, DC in 2004 where she was immediately struck by the inclusiveness and ‘global thinking’ by everyone she met. Shon was drawn to the focus on the human factor in global change as a unique aspect of Caux and believes it is impossible to tackle the topic of human security without focusing on the human factor.

Hassan Mohamud – Initiatives of Change Sweden
Hassan is a teacher and has a great interest in education as the way to build a new society where democracy, human rights and peace are built through reconciliation and healing. In Somalia he worked on peace and development issues, such as school-building, laws and the judicial system. He is also committed to sustainable agriculture, forestry and a secure water supply. His personal journey with Initiatives of Change for the last 24 years began with his reconciliation with Ahmed Egal who was from a rival clan in Somalia. Hassan and Ahmed have been instrumental in supporting reconciliation among the Nordic and European Somali diaspora, which has also led to healing in Somalia.

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi – Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers in Washington DC office (for Finn Church Aid)

For more than a decade Dr. Elsanousi has worked in the intersection of American Muslim communities and the government of the United States. Since 9/11, and the political turbulence following the attack, a key emphasis of his work has been in addressing radicalization and working in the field of countering violent extremism. Today, Dr. Elsanousi focuses on building bridges between grassroots religious actors and communities and international players as the director of the Washington DC office of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.


Dina Ionesco – Head of Migration, Environment and Climate Change of IOM

This event is organised in partnership with: CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundationthe UN librarythe Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and IOM.



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The event is part of Geneva Peace Week 2017