Preventing Urban Violence: A Conversation with Ameena Matthews

In collaboration with the Roosevelt Foundation and with the generous contribution of The Haëlla Foundation, The Hague Institute for Global Justice was pleased to welcome activist Ameena Matthews about urban violence, peacebuilding and social change. Ameena Matthews, the 2013 recipient of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award, was featured prominently in the critically acclaimed and Emmy award-winning documentary The Interrupterswhich followed three activists on the front lines of changing the reality of urban violence in their Chicago communities.

During her presentation, Ameena Matthews discussed her inspiring efforts to curb urban conflict before, during, and after the filming of The Interrupters, and she touched upon the impact this documentary has had on her work.

The event builds on the ongoing work of The Hague Institute on the role of cities in conflict prevention. This includes the event, ‘Roosevelt in The Hague’, on 22 April in partnership with the Roosevelt Foundation. The Hague Institute also leads the City Responsibility project, and its latest publication, Conflict Prevention in The Hague and the Metropolitan Area, can be accessed here. Her presentation was followed by a Q&A which was moderated by President Abi Williams.

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