In the lead up to and during 2022, through its work with members of the Glencree All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network and as an active member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the Glencree Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) identified a lack of youth participation in peacebuilding. This was particularly acute among young women, raising a further concern in terms succession planning to ensure women’s voices are adequately represented in peacebuilding processes into the future.
This led to the successful application and launch by the WLP of a 12-month EU-funded European Solidarity Corps ‘Missing Peace’ project aimed at building leadership skills, developing an understanding of Women Peace & Security issues, teambuilding and shared learning of young women. This project took a co-design approach in which the young women led the design and pace , facilitated and supported by Glencree. Five young women participated in this initial project and significantly increased youth participation in the Glencree Network throughout 2022. As this one-year project drew to a close, further learnings and network development subsequently led to Glencree’s application to the EU to support a collaborative partnership among European partner organisations to explore good practices to promote young people's meaningful participation in peace processes. In 2023, Glencree, together with a consortium of partners, began work on the Erasmus+ ‘The Missing Peace: Youth, Peace and Reconciliation’ Project.