Webinar: Violence Against Civilians in Modern War


From the First World War to the Syrian wars, the distinction between the front and the so-called “home front” is becoming indistinguishable. Civilian targets in conflict zones have been the centre of attention of international organisations, media platforms and local authorities. But targeting of civilian populations is not exceptional. It is a systemic feature. This webinar discusses the targeting of women, children, elderly, and the LGBTQI+ community as an element of total warfare in which societies seek a deeper level of victorious validation than winning a battle.

Case Studies: Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen.

Confirmed Speakers:

Joanna Karamitrousi, University of Amsterdam. Joanna is a Media Communications Expert with several Greek and international awards. After graduating with a degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam, she worked in several corporations. She has interviewed high-ranking politicians, entrepreneurs, and policymakers.

Ljupka Trajanovska, University of Sussex. Ljupka is a Peace Studies analyst. She holds a BA in Security and peace focused on Conflict Prevention, Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She is an experienced activist with advocacy experience in civic and social organisations. She is currently pursuing an MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict at the University of Sussex.

Glorija Peranić, University of Zagreb. Glorija is an Educational Rehabilitator and a Positive Discipline Instructor for children. After graduating from the University of Zagreb she worked with children with disabilities. She works as an individual consultant/instructor, publishes regularly and is engaged in public communication on early and pre-school education.

Israfil Özkan, University of Ankara. Israfil is the Executive Director of Freedom Research Association, based in Ankara, Turkey. Israfil has been as a Gender Rights Activist and spokesperson in Turkey, working with and for several liberal organisations that promote human rights in Turkey, including Friedrich Naumann Institution and Atlas Network.

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