Yesterday we had our second day of seminar, and this time, we got to borrow a huge room in the Ministry of Solidarity, and best of all, it had air-condition! We started of the day with some name games, so that everyone got to know one another better. The theme of the day was Diversity, so after we learned each other’s names, we had a session called ‘the diverse me’. In this session, everyone thought of 3 things that makes them unique. After, they would go in couples and discuss these things. Some of the things were also true for the other person, some were not, and they later talked about how they could use their differences to help  each other.

Up next we had a lecture by the “Women, peace and leadership” (WPL) group which is under the Peace Centre at UNTL, and was founded 18.08.2012. It is organized by volunteers who focus on developing women’s skills, especially to ensure that their voices are heard. In order to do this they learn how to present themselves and do public speaking. The Timorlestian cultural talents are also preserved by showcasing tradition in public, and the WPL groups supports this preservation for both men and women.
An important activity they arrange is the “Circle of peace” where there are two gendered groups. The aim is to ask what they wish for peace, and to share their experiences. By learning about each others’ experience they can be not only inspired but learn specific ways on how to work with peaceful methods. The different students’ and genders’ competence is utilised to a great success. After the WPL group presented themselves, their activities and goals, the participants held a debate where it was highlighted that the main issue for women in Timor-Leste is the lack of capacity building, and this is exactly what the WPL group works with.

The daily Hi-Ha-Ho. Ane (right) clearly has no idea what she is doing
Obligatory selfie. From left: Fabio, Emil

After the lecture we split everyone into 8 groups, making sure to even out the numbers of students and farmers within every group. Within the groups, we had a workshop called ‘Lifeboat’, where you put 10 fictional characters on a sinking boat, and you need to throw them out one by one. It might be a pretty macabre scenario, but it led to some great discussions, and we went a over time since the groups just couldn’t decide who to throw out. After throwing everyone but one off the boat, two and two groups went together and discussed how they did things differently, and why. We also talked about judging people, if some people have more value than others, and about equality.

Discussing in the workshop groups

Finishing off, we played had a short workshop called ‘How do we judge’. Within the group, they had to write down different traits that characterize a person. After, we went through some of the traits, and talked about whether we change how we behave towards people with these traits or not. We ended the day with a quick discussion about discrimination, and what we can do to have less discrimination in our communities.

Many great heads breeds many great post-it notes

Today’s theme will be Ecological Crisis, and we are, as always, very excited about the day!

Peace out

Peace Project

The Peace Project Team and our lovely volunteers

Resolution 1325

31. October 2000

The UN security council adopts resolution 1325. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction,  and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. You can read the full resolution here: http://bit.ly/1RQx21h

Norwegian Actionplan

31. March 2006

The Norwegian government releases an action-plan to secure that 1325 is integrated into all implementation of norwegian politics linked to peace and security. The action-plan addresses that war and conflict affects women and men differently, and that the gender perspective therefore should be considered in all political efforts towards peace and security. You can read the whole actionplan here:  http://bit.ly/2jQIMI7

Resolution 1820

19. June 2008

Resolution 1820 is adopted. This resolution is a further restriction to resolution 1325. It focuses on the fact that civilians accounts for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, and that women and girls are specially targeted by the use of sexual violence. The resolution equates the use of sexual violence with other weapons used in armed conflict.
You can read the whole resolution here: http://bit.ly/IHVG4j

UN Women

2. October 2010

UN Women is created. For many years the UN faced challenges in its effort to promote gender equality issues because of inadequate funding and the lack of a recognised driver to direct UN activities on gender equality issues. UN Women works as the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. The organisation makes strategies which implements standards for equality in political negotiations.

Hajer Sharief

17. February 2017

Hajer Sharief receives The Student Peace Prize for her work for women, peace and security in Libya. Since 2011 Hajer has worked to include women and youth in the rebuilding of a stable Libya through her organisation “Together we build it”. She has initiated dialogue between different groups in the country and played an essential role in building a bridge between the Libyan and the international community. The award ceremony will take place on the 17th of February in Olavshallen in Trondheim.