Foundation launches a new course and international network for women peace builders
July 8, 2014 | Nick Taylor
Foundation launches a new course and international network for women peace builders.
Women pay a high price in situations of violent conflict – yet they play a vital role as mothers, wives, partners, educators, counsellors and leaders. We know that women’s participation is critical if enduring and lasting peace is to prevail.
‘Women Building Peace’ is a leadership programme, that aims to build skills, confidence and capabilities of women to tackle conflict and build peace in their lives, homes and communities.
The programme explores conflict at a local, national and international level. It provides weekly workshops that examine the impact of conflict on women, their families and communities. It develops skills in resolving conflict, facilitating community dialogue, strengthening participation in local life and building peace especially in the face of intercultural tensions.
The programme works with people to explore the role women can play in promoting peace and better community relations. It provides training and support towards active citizenship, results in an accredited award in leadership and peace building and leads to membership of a new International Network for Women Peace builders
“The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Burmese Politician
“Women’s engagement is not an optional extra component of stabilization and recovery; it is a critical precursor to success. Women’s empowerment will enable you to deliver long-term stability, democratization, and development.”
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet (quoting Arzo Qanih of the Afghan Women’s Network)
Four courses will be run between Sept 2014-May 2015
Each course lasts 16 weeks and requires a commitment of 3 hours per week.
A range of creative assessment methods are used leading to the Leadership for Peace accredited award
Participation in a ‘Dialogue Platform’ for women peace builders, practitioners and policy makers
Enhanced skills relating to conflict resolution and problem solving
Greater confidence in holding ‘difficult conversations’
Increased understanding to respond to local issues and participate in social action
Strengthened capacity to be active peace builders in the home and neighbourhood
Who Should Attend?
The course is aimed at women who have arrived in the UK within the last 10 years
The course is especially useful to those who are on a path to British citizenship
The course welcomes women dealing with conflict at a local, national or international level
(c) 2014 The Women Building Peace Network is a project of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace
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