The Scientific Café initiative consists of short 5-10 minute interviews with experts and practitioners on various questions linked to human rights.

In the Scientific Café, experts and practitioners from various fields are invited to discuss questions linked to human rights. The theme for the currently ongoing 2022 edition is Promoting women’s role in peace building.  The guests of the Scientific Café will consider the vital role of women in countering extremist discourse and fostering intercultural and interfaith dialogue, particularly at the community level. In addition, they will analyse the role of digital technologies to enhance women’s participation in conflict prevention and peace building.

Experiences from the field show that there is an urgent need to both, effectively protect women’s equal rights and actively promote their invaluable role, through women’s meaningful empowerment in conflict prevention, dialogue and peace building. Considering peace as a human rights value, it can only be built with respect for equality and inclusivity. The low representation of women during peace processes has often resulted in an absence of the vital participation of women at the local level.

In 2021 interviewees discussed questions related to COVID-19 and the right to information. Watch all episodes below.

Scientific Café – Episode 5. Promoting Women’s Role in Peacebuilding – Interview with Dr. Racquel Warner (2022)

Scientific Café – Episode 4. COVID-19 and the Right to Information – Interview with Professor Biagio Andò, University of Catania (2022)

Scientific Café – Episode 3. COVID-19 and the Right to Information – Interview with Professor María José Bravo Bosch
(2021)

Scientific Café – Episode 2. COVID-19 and the Right to Information – Interview with Professor Orazio Licciardello
(2021)

Scientific Café – Episode 1. COVID-19 and the Right to Information –  Interview with Professor Pedroni
(2021)