28.09.2015 | City of Bonn/RLC: In Conversation with Human Rights Activists from Afghanistan and India

On Monday, 28 September, at 5:00 p.m. at the Old Town Hall of the City of Bonn, the Mayor of the City of Bonn and the Director of the Right Livehood College cordially invite you to a Public Talk, followed by an informal get-together.

Sakina Qasimi of the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul (Afghanistan) and Ovais Sultan Khan, working for the Lokayan Network based in New Delhi (India), are both representing human rights organisations which have been honoured with the Right Livelihood Award, the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. They are coming to Bonn to join an international workshop of the Right Livelihood College (RLC), taking place at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, from 26 September to 1 October. At the workshop they will work together with young researchers from Asia and Africa on the issue of “Mobilization for change: Human rights and the empowerment of the marginalized”.

At the Public Talk Sakina Qasimi and Ovais Sultan Khan will speak about the human rights situation in Afghanistan and India, as well as their work and life in this context.

Welcome

-Reinhard Limbach, Deputy Mayor of City of Bonn

-Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana, Director Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Moderation

-Mirjam Gehrke, Deutsche Welle Academy

Background

The Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education was founded in 2010 by Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sima Samar, who is one of the most prominent human rights activists in the world. Presently she is chairing the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. The vision of the institute is to provide quality education to underprivileged segments of society, especially to female students.

Lokayan, meaning ‚Dialogue of the people‘, started in 1980 as a forum for interaction between activists and concerned intellectuals. It aims at the consolidation of democracy and ensuring equity and people’s control over natural resources, women’s empowerment, cultural plurality, health and well-being for all. It is considered as a legendary thought experiment, which has inalterably transformed social science in India.

The event will be held in English.

Kindly confirm your participation by email to event-office-international@bonn.de by 26 September 2015.