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Unheard Voices: Stories of Hope and Inspiration from the Middle East

13 March 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London


Omar Al-Qattan, Chairman of the Board, A M Qattan Foundation
Catherine Roe, Trustee, Said Foundation
Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The fierce fighting experienced in a number of Middle Eastern countries has had a devastating effect on countless communities across the region. As hope emerges for a cessation of widespread violence in Iraq and Syria, attention must turn from the waging of war to the rebuilding and reconciling of these communities.

The panellists are drawn from civil society institutions that are helping lay positive foundations for future peace and stability. Based on their extensive experiences in the fields of education, culture, health, female empowerment and social enterprise, they will provide insights into their work, highlighting the importance of personal interaction, exchange and collaboration in helping rebuild societies divided by years of war.

This event is being held in partnership with British-Arab Exchanges (BAX) and will be followed by a reception.