Speakers to Include Rwandan Genocide Survivor and Experts on Congo and Darfur
Eugenie was 6 months pregnant with her daughter Mystica when the genocide in Rwanda broke out in 1994, losing her husband Damascene to Hutu extremists, she and her daughter escaped the genocide and now reside in New Jersey. Eugenie will be one of the several speakers that will share her story at the November 21st workshop.
Hackensack, NJ- On Saturday, November 21st, educators and human rights activists throughout the New Jersey area will gather at Fairleigh Dickinson University for a workshop to join the ongoing movement to end the cycle of genocide, and further engage in educational opportunities on human rights issues in New Jersey.
The workshop entitled: “New Jersey Voices Against Genocide,” is a five hour workshop that will include panel discussions of those that have expert knowledge of the current conflicts, as well as those that are working locally to continue the energy and support of this important matter. Organized by a team of activists in the area including Genocide Intervention Network 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow, Karine Shnorhokian, as well as Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty Diana Cvitan and Khayti Joshi, student activists Nia Holston and Lindsay Mulford, and several others have been active in promoting the event.
“We are grateful to Fairleigh Dickenson University for providing the venue for this conference and to all of our speakers and cosponsors of the function who are concerned and determined that New Jersey will not stand by as men, women, and children continued to be killed, raped, and victimized,” commented Shnorhokian. “As a descendent of Armenian Genocide survivors, it is my duty and obligation along with others to ensure that these present day acts of genocide are stopped.”
Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:30 am, with the workshop promptly beginning at 9:00am, and to conclude at 2:15pm. All attendees will receive materials, as well as breakfast and lunch. Educators that attend the workshop will receive separate curriculum instruction that apply to teaching genocide during the afternoon sessions, as well as be awarded 5 continuing education hours.
Those interested in attending the workshop please register today HERE. A $10 registration fee is requested to ensure your spot. A $10 registration fee is requested to ensure your spot. Attendees are encouraged to bring supplies such as index cards, notebook paper, pencils and pencil sharpeners that will be donated to the Ourebassoni Darfur refugee camp in Chad with the help of the NJ Darfur Coalition.
Current speakers include Dr. Lee Ann De Reus, Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania Altoona; Eugenie Mukeshimana, a Rwandan genocide survivor; Yahya Osman, Vice President of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project; Jane Wells, founder of Three Generations and Producer of Devil Came on Horseback; as well as local community leaders and activists, and invited Congressmen representing Bergen County.
FDU Director of the Office of Global Learning, Diana Cvitan commented that, “as global citizens, we need to be concerned about the protection of human rights. This event will help students and other members of the FDU community gain a deeper understanding of current realities and learn ways in which they can engage in advocacy for the prevention of genocide around the world.”
Shnorhokian was selected along with 19 others as a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow with the Genocide Intervention Network. In the last eight months, the Fellows have engaged in a series of opportunities to further enhance the movement to end the cycle of genocide, and create an anti-genocide constituency within their communities. Formerly serving as the Eastern Region Director of the Armenian National Committee of America, Shnorhokian continues her efforts of genocide advocacy work and awareness of this important issue.
Current cosponsors of the event include Armenian National Committee of America, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Genocide Intervention Network, New Jersey Coalition Responds to the Crisis in Darfur, Ramsey High School STAND Chapter, Three Generations, and 96 West Café in Allendale. New Jersey Holocaust and Genocide Commission has also been instrumental in their support of the conference.