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Mairead Maguire: Peace activist and Nobel peace Prize laureate from Northern Ireland that sailed on Women's Boat to Gaza in 2016.
Ann Wright: American Retired Colonel and Diplomat that was Boat Leader on Women's Boat to Gaza 2016.
Eva-Lena Jansson: Swedish MP (s) and Council of Europe Delegate, who wrote the COE report on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
In the summer of 2016, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, including Ship to Gaza Sweden, initiated the Women's Boat to Gaza campaign. About 30 women from 17 nations sailed from Barcelona to the eastern Mediterranean to confront the illegal and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip. When they reached waters 35 nautical miles from Gaza their boat Zaytuna was boarded by units from the Israeli navy. The activists on board were detained for later expulsion and the vessel was seized. Women's Boat to Gaza did not reach its ultimate goal, but once again the eyes of the world was set on the destructive blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Women's Boat to Gaza aimed to highlight the severe consequences that the blockade causes women and children and the key role that Palestinian women plays a in community organization and mobilization.
Therefore, on Wednesday, May 17th, 10.00 - 15.00, Ship to Gaza Sweden organizes a conference in the Swedish Parliament House in Stockholm (Riksdagshuset) that focuses on the situation of women under the blockade and discusses how Palestinian human rights in the Gaza strip can be defended.
The speakers come from many countries. Several of them were delegates onboard of Zaytuna during the campaign.
At 3.30 pm a press conference with the participants is held in Förstakammarsalen in the Parliament House
Since the press conference is held in the Parliament's premises, prior notification is required. Send notification to email@example.com
For interview with participants contact Staffan Granér: firstname.lastname@example.org
10:15-10:45 Entrance open/ Coffe/Tea
11:00-11:10 Jonas Sjöstedt - Chair of the Left Party - Welcome Speech
11:10-11:15 Jeannette Escanilla - Chair of Ship to Gaza Sweden, WBG participant - Opening speech
11: 15-11:20 Ann Ighe – Moderator, former spokes person Ship to Gaza
11:20-11:50 Samar Awadullah – (PLO) consultant of the Palestinian Negotiation Support Unit and Communications Advisor
12:45-13:00 Victoria Strand – Doctor and 2010 flottilla participant. The situation for women in Gaza – Focus on health care
13:00-13:20 Eva-Lena Jansson (Swedish Social Democratic Party) MP and member of The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly presenting her Report on the humanitarian situation in Gaza
13:20-13:55 Women`s Boat To Gaza participants
14:05-14:45 Panel with the women on Women`s Boat To Gaza. - Human Rights for women in Gaza – What can we do and what can our governements do?
Questions from the audience.
14:45-15:00 Conclusions and Resolution
15:30 Press Conference