6/03/2018 - Published by

Women for Peace, from Liverpool to Colombia – celebrating female peacebuilders and learning lessons from past conflicts.

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation to hold event in Liverpool on Thursday 8th March, celebrating International Women’s Day 2018.

Female peacebuilders from Liverpool and as far afield as Colombia and Northern Ireland, will come together in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 for an event organised by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation.

Women for Peace – Learning from Northern Ireland will discuss the role of female peacebuilders, the need for the increased inclusion and participation of women in peace talks and the importance of learning lessons from past conflicts. The event will also address the ongoing work of the Peace Foundation’s Women for Peace education programme, which trains and supports North-West women to prevent and resolve conflict in their communities.

Speakers include Ana Victoria Bastidas, Colombia’s first female Anglican priest, who was kidnapped by a guerrilla group for trying to find young girls who had been abducted and had remained silent about her ordeal for a quarter of a century. She is now part of the truth, memory and reconciliation commission of Colombian women in the diaspora. Speaking alongside Ana Victoria will be Afrah Qassim, founder of Liverpool based charity Savera UK, which works to support victims of domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The charity works primarily with women from BME communities in the city.

 Hannah Larn, project lead for the Women for Peace programme said:

“2018 is a significant year for the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. It marks 25 years since the Warrington bombing which led to our founding, 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed and is the centenary of women’s suffrage. An event celebrating female peacebuilders and looking at the lessons learned from Northern Ireland seemed like the right way for us to mark International Women’s Day 2018.

Around the world, women are disproportionately affected by violent conflict. Yet despite this, women are frequently excluded from the measures taken to seek peace – from community level right up to international peace agreements.”

The Peace Foundation’s Women for Peace project aims to train and support women in preventing and resolving community and family conflict and challenging extreme and prejudiced narratives. To date, the Peace Foundation has worked with over 250 women across the North of England.

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