And Still We Rise 2024

And Still We Rise 2024
Elevating Women Leaders Promoting Peace in the Middle East

A Churches for Middle East Peace Summit
Jericho, Palestine | November 15-17, 2024

Christians of all backgrounds from the Holy Land and the international community are invited to come together to participate in this important summit elevating the voices of women committed to pursuing peace. We anticipate around 100-200 people to attend.

The precursor to this event was the Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) 2018 annual advocacy summit that was held in June 2018 in Washington D.C., with a diverse delegation of women from the Middle East who are involved in peacebuilding. It was titled: And Still We Rise: Transforming US Policy for a Just Middle East.

And Still We Rise 2024 seeks to support the convening and elevation of Palestinian Christian women leaders, with a focus on potential topics like:

  • Women in peacebuilding
  • Ecumenical unity among Palestinian Christians
  • Principles of gender justice in the local context
  • How to advocate and support an end to the occupation of the Palestinian people
  • The sustainability of the Christian presence in the Holy Land
  • Acts of solidarity and advocacy that internationals can take to support the Christian community
  • Extremism in the Middle East and the effects on minority communities in Iraq and the wider Arab world

The event will begin with a one-day pre-summit for local and international attendees; women and men are welcome on day one. It will feature female speakers but also be open to male speakers who are champions of women’s human rights.

Days two and three will be a summit that is open to women only, both the local multi-faith audience and internationals. These days will solely feature female speakers.

The event will be held in the city of Jericho, in the West Bank. We hope to have a significant amount of people coming from North America.

We would be honored to have you join us for this event!

Registration opens soon.

More Background on ASWR:

ASWR aims to elevate Middle Eastern women who work to promote peace in Israel/Palestine, showing how they engage God and their faith in their lives and activism. This year, ASWR is implementing various events that bring together women leaders from Palestine with their counterparts from the United States in an opportunity for growth, community building, and discipleship. Events which will include webinars, workshops, and advocacy, ultimately lead to hosting an ASWR summit that will be held in the holy city of Jericho on 15-17 November 2024. 

The summit will bring together 60-80 Christian women leaders from across the Middle East and the U.S. to build relationships, exchange leadership experiences, and develop future cross-cultural ministry initiatives that both Palestinian and American women participants will lead on implementing in their hometowns and benefiting their congregations, promoting a multilevel model of peacebuilding.

What are we trying to accomplish with ASWR?

ASWR seeks to elevate the voices, contributions, and leadership of women peacemakers who are considered change makers in the Middle East, with a specific focus on empowering leaders in different ministries from the Middle East. This year, ASWR is promoting resilience and alleviating injustice in the Palestinian community by enhancing the leadership of women in ministry and equipping them to lead local peacebuilding initiatives through their religious institutions that will benefit the broader community. Specifically speaking, ASWR aims to:

  1. Create a safe and open space for Palestinian women to share both their experiences and their expertise related to religion and spirituality, peacebuilding, cultural norms, and more on their own terms.
  2. Educate international participants on human rights concerns happening in Palestine as a result of ongoing occupation. 
  3. Empower women to be changemakers and peacebuilders at all levels– from their homes, to their churches and communities, to the world.
  4. Provide a safe space for Palestinian women to share their experiences and expertise.  
  5. Change discriminatory laws, non-humanitarian actions, and legislation.
  6. Build on the groundwork laid by our 2018 ASWR Summit in DC to bolster CMEP’s ongoing commitment to elevating women’s voices in peacebuilding work
  7. Foster camaraderie and dialogue between Palestinian and American/international women by providing a space where the relationships built and connections made can last beyond just the three days of the summit.

Events leading up to the Summit:

Introducing “And Still We Rise” 2024

Webinar on November 2, 2023

The War or Gaza: Stories from Palestinian Partners on the Ground

Webinar on November 16, 2023 11:00am EST

Palestinian Women Leadership Session

In-Person in March 2024

And Still We Rise Podcast

In January 2024, Churches for Middle East Peace launched the first episode of the And Still We Rise: Uniting Women For Change podcast. This is a six-episode series, engaging American and Palestinian women  in candid conversations, with special attention to current events unfolding since October 7th. In each episode, Co-hosts Destiny Magnett and Tamar Haddad, explore the multifaceted perspectives and firsthand experiences of these remarkable women as they shed light on the Palestinian struggle and international solidarity.  Full info about the podcast, and every episode, can be found here!

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