(Geneva Call) – In February, 36 leaders and representatives of local civil society organizations attended a two-day workshop on Geneva Call’s work and on the laws of armed conflict. The workshop took place in a village located in the Masisi territory, an area partly controlled by armed groups. Clashes between these groups and governmental forces are common and highly affect civilian lives. All participants – including representatives of women and youth organizations – expressed their support to Geneva Call’s work to engage armed non-State actors on the protection of civilians. Discussions and exchanges notably focused on the protection of schools from armed occupation and attacks.