Post conflict Northern Ireland – HERstory of History
Teaching Womens Network (TWN)
Women in power and decision-making, Women and the economy, Human rights of women, Education and training of women, Violence against women, Institutional mechanisms, Women and armed conflict
SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG16 – Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Building Peace through Women’s Education (2019)
Women's cooperation across various cultural and religious divides is a them that spreads out from IWD events and beyond
Trisha Mooney starts with TWN background . About tackling the issues that having paramilitary imbedded in the communities cause. NOT about tackling the actual paramilitary member.
1171 is the start of English invasion and stripping lands; 1800s famine. thus starting Protestant Catholic conflict
The1921 treaty divided the country leading to the troubles from the 1960s 1968 March against Catholic housing issues… (voting still not available to many) RUC (police) 'quelled' the disturbance. loyalists also demonstrated, and conflict started with RUC in the middle.
Internment started without trial, with the majority being Catholic. Communities were segregated, and 1971 brought killings and protestants left the south. Catholics fled to the south.
Many didn't recover and Theatre of Witness was set up to give women a voice. (Each woman in the room then stood and gave their lived experience – in their own words from those where were fighters to those who lost sons/husbands/neighbours and homes)
a very powerful example of how the therapeutic nature of talking with those who could be seen as enemies gives women a voice.
this type of inclusive event where women talk without judgement can be replicated in many areas of traditional war as well as conflict brought about by cultural difference (and for example the indigenous people trying to reclaim their roots or black lives matters campaign)

look at how this style of event can be replicated in other areas


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