Upcoming film screening event in Brussels

40.3 million people live as slaves today, of which 70% are women and young girls. It's estimated that the slave trade was worth $100 billion in 2017. Modern slavery exists in multiple forms around the world; European countries estimate that 15,800 people were victims of human trafficking within their borders in 2014. The international community's response has not been sufficient to eliminate this shocking practice. What can the EU and civil society do in the face of this huge challenge?

QCEA works to bring a Quaker vision of peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. In that context, we are hosting a screening of the film Trafficked followed by an expert-led debate, in Brussels on 23 May 2018.

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Thematic Events

Thematic events take place in response to relevant EU policy discussions on peace and security. Events so far include:

  • The European Union Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) : This event bridged faith-based organisations working at the EU level on peace and security issues. It addressed new civilian structures in the EU, the 'integrated approach,' and resilience.
  • Capacity Building for Security and Defence (CBSD) : This event bridged faith-based, development, humanitarian, peacebuilding, and human rights organisations and actors working in Brussels. It addressed the challenges of security and peace issues in the EU
  • Evolving security responses in a changing environment: opportunities and challenges : This policy discussion organised by the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) and QCEA bridged civil society actors, including faith-based organisations, and representatives from NATO, EEAS and member States to address the need for new responses to emerging security challenges.

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  • 14 June, The Hague
  • QCEA and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
  • A launch event of Building Peace Together with GPPAC is scheduled to take place in the Hague on 14 June from 12h30-15h. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Dutch Security Strategy 2018-22 in relation to issues of ownership and ensuring long-term impact. Representatives from the EU External Action Service and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs will join the panel along with GPPAC and QCEA.
  • 13 – 14 June, Berlin
  • FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum
  • CEA is invited to take part of the panel discussion on EU-Foreign- Security/Development Policy.


Geographic Events

Geographic events take place when opportunities arise, to showcase field-based alternative approaches to security. Events so far include:

  • Crimean Tartars : This event bridged faith-based organisations working on peace and security in Brussels and enabled organizations to discuss the human rights and security situation of Crimean Tatars.
  • International Responses to North Korea's Nuclear Threat - what alternatives to sanctions? : This event bridged the EU, Member States, civil society, and faith-based organisations. It provided alternative perspectives on addressing the situation in North Korea.
  • Preventing deadlocked or violent elections: lessons from Kenya : This event bridged members of the European Parliament, European Commission and civil society working on the prevention on violence around elections.


Events bridging culture and politics

Events bridging culture and politics are open to the public. Events so far include:

  • Film Projection and Debate on the Impact of the Global Arms Trade: Shadow World, by Johan Gimonprez : A film projection on the global arms trade and its impact on multiple levels of society. Following the film screening, Andrew Feinstein, author of the book Shadow Worlds, and Laetitia Sédou, who coordinates the European network Against Arms Trade, addressed the audience. Two Members of the European Parliament, Arne Lietz from the Social Democrats and Bodil Valero from the Greens, intervened to share experiences working on this issue at the political level.