July 2014 Newsletter

The July 2014 Newsletter is an overview of what the Geeks have been up to in the first half of 2014. We have six projects close to completion with groups such as the Foundation for Women Affected by Conflicts in Northern Uganda. Get a re-cap on the Spring session of PeaceTalks. Meet some of the Geeks, our strongest supporters and our strategic partners, without whose hard work and support our work would not be possible. Learn ways you can support our work and help us to build a strong foundation for sustainability moving forward.

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Play for Peace Tournament

About Play for Peace Tournament

Please note: Play for Peace Tournament postponed until Saturday, October 18, 2014.

To help raise funds and awareness about our work, and to generally have a geeky good time, PeaceGeeks is hosting a premier eSports tournament in Vancouver. Come Play for Peace with us! Showcase your FIFA 14 and NHL 14 skills in the Play for Peace Tournament for a chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes. FIFA World Cup quarter final soccer games in Brazil will be screened live during the event! We will also have a silent auction with some great prizes to...

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PeaceGeeks, Oxfam Canada, and BCCIC Present: PeaceTalks #19: Global Aid: What Difference Does It...

Oxfam Canada's Executive Director, Robert Fox, recently participated at the High Level Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico, where he chaired a workshop on the need for an inclusive approach in international development initiatives. This PeaceTalk will discuss his findings with regards to global aid and its effectiveness in improving the lives of women and their communities which live in poverty.

Register for tickets here: http://bit.ly/1gBguEP

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The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) started as an organ for coordinating the activities of women organizations and groups in Liberia in 1998, in between the two civil wars that ravaged the country from 1989 - 2003. They now serve as an umbrella organization for over 105 local women’s rights organizations. The vision of WONGOSOL is to achieve a just and fair Liberian society where women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes at all levels. They work to build the capacity of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to improve their...

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Reflection 20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - by Alan Martin

When I left journalism school in Montreal there were two promises I made myself: a) I would never cover town council meetings; b) stick a microphone in the face of a grieving family member and ask “What are you feeling?” and “How’s about a picture for the front page?” Both, I felt, were below me.

The first promise fell by the way side within three months of graduating when I found myself covering the rural satellite towns of Sudbury, at the time a struggling mining centre in Northern Ontario. For $3 a column inch I did that. It was my baptism to the darkside of the business.

The other earnest pledge took longer to catch up to me. Almost six years later I went to Rwanda to write a magazine piece about the pursuit of justice in a post-genocide era. Within a day of being there I had asked more people about the intimacies of their grief to last a lifetime. For if one is to write about genocide how can the privacies of both the deceased...