The Glencree Women’s Programme
“The thinking that gives rise to armed conflict has its roots in the unequal power relationship between men and women. There is a continuum of violence, from domestic violence to violence in the political and economic spheres, which must be systematically challenged.”
(From the Preamble of the Women’s Global Action for a Culture of Peace, prepared by women peace leaders for 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace conference) There is a lack of women in positions of leadership, particularly in politics and business, in Ireland, North and South. Numerous surveys, studies and research papers detail the inequality between men and women in Ireland North and South and worldwide. The existence of the ‘glass ceiling’ for working woman has been well researched, documented and debated in Europe and the US.
Facilitating the Role of Women as Community Leaders
The Women’s Programme enhances understanding among women towards a strong and peaceful civil society on the island of Ireland. The Programme is an all-island initiative of capacity building for women and includes community groups, women from a variety of religions and traditions, as well as women from Ireland North and South, and not only from the border region.
Glencree uses facilitation techniques that have been developed over the past 30 years of peacebuilding and reconciliation work in Ireland. The skills and knowledge are very relevant to dealing with modern demographic changes, as well as old-fashioned prejudices, and the single-minded views that often grow from isolation.
The Difference we make
Click here for a report on learnings from the Women’s Leadership Programme.
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The Political Dialogue Programme
Political Dialogue and Training Programme
Political Dialogue Workshops
- Participants control the agenda
- Glencree controls the process.
- Participant’s feedback new understandings and political analysis to their party without attributing specific remarks to individuals.
Annual Summer School
Political skills training for community and political activists
Other activities in the political arena
Providing Opportunities for Dialogue
Glencree’s commitment to inclusivity means that in this programme we are striving to include direct participants in the armed aspects of the ‘troubles’ from a wide range of loyalist and republican ex-prisoners’ groups as well as participants from military and police backgrounds from all parts of these islands.
Since early 2003 regular bimonthly residentials are being held in which issues such as social inclusion are discussed. On a number of occasions representatives of the broader society (churches, trade unions, political parties, the business sector, the media) have fruitfully participated in discussions with and between (ex)combatants.
Following further consultations it was agreed that the programme will focus, firstly, on more in depth work with smaller numbers of participants (within a “Sustainable Peace” network). Secondly, the programme’s inclusivity will be strengthened by concentrating on groups who have been underrepresented thus far, such as members of state forces and some loyalist groupings.
Glencree Sustainable Peace Project
Developing Leaders in Sustainable Peace Building
The positive results of the pilot project encouraged a similar visit in November 2002. This time the group consisted of 6 ex-combatants and 6 victims.
Following an in-depth evaluation of the programme and subsequent amendments, Glencree brought together a group of 18 participants in 2004. This group was highly diverse and inclusive on every level (gender, age, region, political/religious background, role in conflict/peace): 2 participants from Britain, a Protestant and a Catholic from the Republic of Ireland, 4 from the (North) West of Ireland, 1 from Derry, the rest evenly divided between communities in and around Belfast; 2 UVF ex-prisoners, a PIRA and 2 INLA ex-prisoners, a senior ex-RUC/PSNI officer, a senior ex-British army officer, project leaders of a republican and a unionist victims’ group, 3 cross-community victims workers, a former British Metropolitan police survivor of the Harrod’s IRA bomb, a Northern Irish Presbyterian and 2 Catholic youth/church workers, the project leader of a Belfast cross-community women’s group, the CEO from a large Irish construction company.
Aims of the Sustainable Peace Project (SPP):
- To promote sustainable relationships between victims/survivors, ex-combatants and members of the broader society on the islands of Ireland and Britain;
- To develop meaningful partnerships between participants from the global “North” and “South”;
- To nurture leadership in environment friendly peace building;
- To enhance appreciation for the roles of wilderness or nature-based activities in peace building.
- To provide opportunities for personal development for a core group of (potential) leaders.
Click here to view the Sustainable Peace Trail Map, a visual presentation of the journey of the Sustainable Peace Network, 2001-2008.
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Youth and Young Adults Programme
Shaping Future Leaders
Through our own experience and through consultation we have identified the need to build leadership potential at grassroots level among young people as one of the vital ingredients in deepening reconciliation.
Glencree has a track record in this type of work and the necessary capacity and experience to deliver high quality outputs. Participants who go through this cycle will become advocates for its continuation and be involved in recruitment of a new group thereby helping to build a network of those building peace.
The Difference we make
There will also be a multiplier effect through the gradual extension of a network of young people committed to reconciliation.
New leadership skills will also start to emerge amongst participants.