An overview of events related to justice for all taking place in 2021. This post will be updated as we receive new event information. *Events currently listed as TBD are subject to change.*

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Can people-centered justice help us meet the moment?

By Ariana Lippi, Program Associate, Pathfinders for Justice

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“What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes in his 1951 poem, published on the cusp of the burgeoning US civil rights movement. When stark inequality leads to lack of opportunity, justice should create a bridge to inclusion. But as the pandemic rages on, it has greatly deepened inequalities and exposed them at the root. While justice systems continue to only work for the few, the dream of equality, prosperity, and even peace becomes, “a heavy load,” to bear and a daily nightmare, inevitably festering until it “explodes,” as Hughes predicted, into unrest and even conflict. …


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1. Pathfinders: Forging ahead in 2021

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We are approaching the end of an extraordinary year… A year where we have had to re-assess everything around us: not only our security and health, the safety of our loved ones, the resilience of our institutions, but also ourselves and our own strength. As we approach the close of 2020, you will hear a lot of people saying that next year will be better, that we will get out of lockdown, that the vaccine is close, that we will return to normal. But the reality is that there will be no going “back to normal”. Our world will look different. Millions more people will face unemployment, hunger and extreme poverty. We will continue to see poverty and anger undermining the resilience of many institutions. Our respect for human rights, tolerance, and democracy will be further tested under the weight of our own prejudices, and societies’ increasing polarization and escalating anger. …


By Liv Tørres, director of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

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We are approaching the end of a peculiar and extraordinary year… A year where we have had to re-assess everything around us: not only our security and health, the safety of our loved ones, the resilience of our institutions, but also ourselves and our own strength. As we approach the close of 2020, you will hear a lot of people saying that next year will be better, that we will get out of lockdown, that the vaccine is close, that we will return to normal. But the reality is that there will be no going “back to normal”. Our world will look different. Millions more people will face unemployment, hunger, and extreme poverty. We will continue to see poverty and anger undermining the resilience of many institutions. Our respect for human rights, tolerance, and democracy will be further tested under the weight of our own prejudices, and societies’ increasing polarization and escalating anger. …


SDG16+ CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Champions of Change is an initiative started by the Pathfinders to highlight advocates who have made an impact in their communities and have helped to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). It provides an opportunity to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. As part of the Movement to Halve Violence by 2030, hear from Champions who have made building peaceful societies their cause and mission in life, and learn what you can do to join them!

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.*

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Ariane Kaze is the President of Women United for Peace in the Great Lakes Region (Femmes Unies pour la Paix dans la région des Grands Lacs), an organization established in 2000 in Bujumbura, Burundi. Women United for Peace works to harness the power of women as drivers of reconciliation and peaceful collaboration in the region, through programs supporting small arms control and the socio-economic integration of populations affected by war. Ariane has served with the organization for more than five years, and in her work, she continues to be dedicated to defending women’s rights, fundamental human rights and dignity of all. Ariane is also a member of the Gender Equality Network on Small Arms Control (GENSAC) and is active in other organizations including International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).


Welcome to your monthly roundup of 16+ news and views from the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. If you find this newsletter useful, please pass it on to others working on the SDG16+ targets for peace, justice and inclusion. Subscribe or unsubscribe here. Visit our website: sdg16.plus and follow us on Twitter at: @SDG16Plus.

1. High-level event launches two pioneering calls to action on SDG16+ amidst COVID-19

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Leaders across the SDG16+ community gathered on 18 November for a virtual discussion on “Peace, justice and inclusion at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery.” The event launched two parallel calls to action: a Pathfinders Member States’ statement and “Act Now for SDG16+”, on behalf of over 100 organizations across the SDG16+ community. …


SDG16+ CAMPEONES DEL CAMBIO

Campeones del Cambio es una iniciativa iniciada por los Pathfinders (Pioneros) para destacar a defensores que han tenido un impacto en sus comunidades y han ayudado a crear sociedades pacíficas, justas e inclusivas (ODS 16 +). La iniciativa brinda la oportunidad de presentar a personas, empresas y organizaciones que hacen acciones extraordinarias para empoderar e inspirar a los miembros de sus comunidades.

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La alcaldesa Flores es licenciada en Ciencias Jurídicas por la Universidad Regiomontana y tiene una maestría en Derecho Administrativo por la Universidad de Zaragoza en España. Durante su mandato como política, sufrió hasta 11 agresiones. La alcaldesa Flores fue una de las primeras alcaldesas reelectas en México. En diferentes períodos, ha sido electa en tres oportunidades como Presidenta Municipal de General Escobedo, Nuevo León. …


SDG16+ CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Champions of Change is an initiative started by the Pathfinders to highlight advocates who have made an impact in their communities and have helped to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). It provides an opportunity to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. As part of the Movement to Halve Violence by 2030, hear from Champions who have made building peaceful societies their cause and mission in life, and learn what you can do to join them!

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.*

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Mayor Flores holds a degree in Legal Sciences from the Universidad Regiomontana and a Master’s degree in Administrative Law from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. During her tenure as a politician, she suffered up to 11 attacks. Mayor Flores was one of the first female mayors re-elected to be in Mexico. She has been elected three times as Municipal President of General Escobedo, Nuevo León. During her tenure, the National Municipal Public Security Conference (Conferencia Nacional de Seguridad Pública Municipal) selected the “Escobedo Security Model” for implementation throughout Mexico as the preeminent strategy to prevent and reduce violence.


By Liv Tørres, director of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

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“We all have family members who were killed or injured by small arms.” Scanning a conference room in Berlin earlier this year filled with members of a new network of women organizing for small arms control, a Balkan woman solemnly counted the number of participants’ family members who had stared down the barrel of a gun or were killed. So, if you’re wondering what women have to do with small arms control, the answer is evident: everything.

Every year, more people in non-conflict zones are killed as a result of injuries from small arms than in wars or other conflicts. The majority of those killed are men, most often by other men. From each act of small arms violence, numerous others are physically hurt, threatened and/or traumatized. Many of the victims of this violence are women. Too often, they are threatened, violated, and attacked by men who wield small arms. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this situation has worsened, with firearms sales skyrocketing in many parts of the world. As a result of the health and resultant socioeconomic crisis faced around the world, domestic violence has increased at an alarming rate. And with instability and polarization on the rise, things will get worse. So yes, the mobilization of women is definitely relevant for small arms control. …


SDG16+ Champions of Change

Champions of Change is an initiative started by the Pathfinders to highlight advocates who have made an impact in their communities and have helped to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). It provides an opportunity to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. As part of the Movement to Halve Violence by 2030, hear from Champions who have made building peaceful societies their cause and mission in life, and learn what you can do to join them!

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Kashif Siddiqi is a British South Asian Footballer and Young Philanthropist. Currently signed by Oxford United FC in the UK and loaned to Real Kashmir FC. In 2011, he established the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation and in 2013, co-founded the Football for Peace movement alongside FIFA’s & Chilean legend–Elías Figueroa, supported by the late Kofi Annan at the United Nations, New York office. His journey in sport is one of many accomplishments advocating to raise awareness and resources toward the most pressing issues facing both people and the planet through Football Diplomacy. Since making a debut on the international circuit and playing in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Qualifiers for Pakistan, whilst actively creating a global youth sports movement, Kashif has become known to many as the world’s first football diplomat.

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