Enriching Encounters
Geneva Peace Week: Peacebuilders – voices from local communities
Wednesday, 7. November 2018 - 12:30

Geneva Peace Week:  Peacebuilders – voices from local communities

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018, 12:30 – 14:00

Part of Geneva Peace Week, this event brings to you personal and professional stories of individuals promoting peace in local communities.

Each story is unique and shows the importance of working towards building relationships and understanding as key steps for peacebuilding processes. Given the interactive nature of this event, you will be able to choose two stories from the human library to listen to, will have the chance to ask questions to a human book personally, and share your experience with other participants in an inviting setting.

This event is a Human Library organised by the United Nations Library Geneva and Initiatives of Change Switzerland. It is part of our Enriching Encounters series.

Location: Palais des Nations – UN Library Geneva Events Room (B.135)

Organized in collaboration with: The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, and the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Access: To access the event, you will need valid UNOG ground pass. If you do not already have one, you can register before November 7th via the UNOG registration system-INDICO here. This badge will be valid until the 9th of November 2018 for all Geneva Peace Week events.




Fabrice Roman is an anthropologist and the director of La Roseraie, a community center aiming to enrich and improve the living conditions of migrants in Geneva. He also directed and participates in development projects focusing on migration processes and communities in vulnerable situations in rural and urban areas in Switzerland and West Africa.


Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye is currently the president of Creators of Peace (CoP) International, a women’s initiative launched in 1991 as an Initiatives of Change programme. CoP is a global network of women in 51 countries using Creators of Peace Circles, workshops, personal encounters, community building activities and international conferences to affect change. After going through a story of change, herself, Amina became actively involved in 1982 with Initiatives of Change empowering women in many countries and running leadership programmes in Africa.


Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Director for The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers. He has worked for more than a decade in the intersection of American Muslim communities and the government of the United States, led the Network’s Washington DC office and the Network’s project focusing on intra- and interreligious dialogue in Central African Republic. Today, Dr. Elsanousi focuses particularly on building bridges between grassroots religious and traditional actors and communities and international players.


Mimoun Berrissoun is one of the 10 Young Leaders of the Extremely Together initiative of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which helps young people to take action against violent extremism. He is the Director of 180° Wende, which practically means “to turn someone´s life around for the better”, a German NGO that focuses on preventing youth crime and radicalization.He has developed a network of local mediators embedded within vulnerable areas of Cologne to connect with the city’s youth and swiftly react to emerging signs of radicalisation.

A 5th speaker from the International Organization for Migration is to be confirmed.