Accord Insight: Women building peace

Mar 2013
Accord Insight Women building peace cover
This first Accord Insight presents nine articles drawn from previous editions of Accord that examine the roles women have played in addressing violence and building peace. The publication documents women’s first hand peacebuilding practice: the challenges they faced, the opportunities they created and the lessons they have drawn from their experiences.

Amie Kirkham

Amie Kirkham joined Conciliation Resources in October 2016 as the Bougainville Programme Officer. Previously, Amie was a Programme Coordinator at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) in Cambodia where her role focused on facilitating dialogue spaces, conducting peace research, and implementing programming to support the Myanmar peace process. 

Mimi Massala

Mimi joined Conciliation Resources’ Pacific Programme in December 2016 having previously volunteered with the South Asia Programme in summer 2015. Prior to this she worked for several UK based development charities completing short-term projects in Sierra Leone and Nepal.

Mimi holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam with a thesis based on field research with the Inuit hunters in Greenland. She also holds a degree in International Law and Peace and Conflict Studies. Other than English, she speaks Finnish, Swedish and some French. 

A look back - The Accord series on addressing the legacies of violence

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Sep 2016

Previous issues of the Accord series have documented reconciliation in peace processes. 'A look back' provides summaries of articles highlighting some of the synergies and tensions between official and unofficial efforts to address legacies of violence. Full articles are available on the Conciliation Resources website: www.c-r.org/accord

Bougainville’s inspiring healer of communities

As Bougainville continues on its journey in implementing its peace agreement, Conciliation Resources has strengthened its relationship with one of the island’s foremost peace advocates, Sister Lorraine Garasu.

Key texts and further reading

Accord Insight: Women building peace
Mar 2013
A list of selected Key Texts, Further Reading and Key Websites for reference.

Case study: Papua New Guinea

Accord Insight: Women building peace
Mar 2013
As part of a set of case studies shedding light on the role of women in peacebuilding, Lorraine Garasu's article is taken from Accord issue 12 (2002), focusing on Papua New Guinea/Bougainville.

Expert Analysis

Expert Analysis - From the forefront of peace and reconciliation: testimonies from women building peace
Mar 2013
An expert analysis from gender specialists Judith Gardner and Judy El-Bushra highlights common themes and experiences from the Accord case studies and situates these in the context of current policy on women, peace and security.

Women building peace

Accord Insight: Women building peace
Mar 2013
The wealth of women's peacebuilding practice documented in the Accord series sheds light on what women peacebuilders have done to overcome conflict. The case studies of this Accord Insight focus on specific contexts, yet also provide three general insights for peacebuilding practitioners and policymakers: women's efforts can broaden the scope of peacebuilding; overcoming challenges to political participation is vital; understanding gender relations is key to building sustainable peace.