March Instant Issues to Feature Human Rights Activist Pascal Akimana


Pascal Akimana, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Umoja Now

Pascal Akimana, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Holyoke-based human rights organization Umoja Now, will speak at an Instant Issues event on Men’s Role in Ending Violence in Conflict and Post Conflict Setting:  One Man’s Experience in Burundi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at noon in the Community Room at 1350 Main Street—3rd Floor (Sovereign Bank), downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich (tuna, turkey or vegetarian), email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  You can also register and pay online with a credit card here.

A native of Burundi, Pascal Akimana is a human rights activist with over ten years of experience developing and managing programs in the fields of gender justice and equality, peace and reconciliation, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He personally spent many years as a refugee from war, and witnessed horrible violence particularly against women, which led him to this  work. Pascal’s personal and professional experiences have made him a leader in the field of gender-based violence prevention, and an expert at approaching violence prevention in conflict and post-conflict settings.  He has worked with many organizations throughout the US and Africa, including Men’s Resources International, International Rescue Committee, American Refugee Committee International, the South African AIDS Trust, Sonke Gender Justice, EngenderHealth, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors LLCWilbraham & Monson AcademyProsperity Candle and A. L. Cignoli Company, Our media sponsor is BusinessWest.

RSVP deadline for this event is Monday, March 25, 2013.

About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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