Once again this year, The Institute for Inclusive Security's Deputy Director for Management and Partnerships Evelyn Thornton will teach a
course as part of American University's Peacebuilding and Development Summer
Institute. This year, she will be joined by long-time Women Waging Peace
Network member Precious Dennis Mitchell from Liberia who will co-lead the
course and contribute her experiences training women leaders and advocating for
increased women's participation in the security sector in post-conflict Liberia.
The course, entitled Inclusive Security: Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes, will be taught June 7th through
11th. It will introduce participants to "inclusive security," a
framework for creating sustainable peace and security. Given changes in
the nature of modern conflicts, conflict resolution and transformation efforts
require increased participation of all stakeholders, particularly women.
Through interactive role plays, small group work, case study analysis and use
of visual media, participants will explore the critical role and specific
contributions of women in peace processes. Specifically, the course will
provide participants with concrete skills to engage women in several key
components of peacebuilding, including negotiations, disarmament,
demobilization and reintegration (DDR) structures, and transitional justice mechanisms.
You can visit their website at http://www1.sis.american.edu/peacebuilding/New2009/week2.htm to learn more about taking the Inclusive Security course.