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Intersectional Gender Work and Peacebuilding

August 21 - August 31


In the light of #metoo and #WhyIDidntReport this Master Class examines how theory can be translated into practice and how various dilemmas pertaining to people navigating a changing world can be successfully adressed in the peace- and development work. Thus, this Master Class focuses on practices of emancipatory critical pedagogy in armed conflicts and in post conflict situations, in relation to methods that promote sustainable peace and human rights advocacy around experiences, questions and concerns related to gender. Furthermore, emerging new challenges and needs, such as the integration of refugees and immigrants, debates on human rights, and gender-related power struggles all call for creative alternative practices and frameworks that allow personal and collective narratives to enter our conversations, working-, learning- and living spaces!

The Master Class explores how trainers, facilitators, development- and aid workers, peace workers and gender educators can encourage participants to re-think culture, gender, race, sexual orientation, and social class, with a deep awareness of identity politics; language as identity, context signifier and tool of communication across disagreements and conflicts.

Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the head of the Gender and Peacebuilding Programme, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace and professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), and various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non-violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace).

Scholarships (partial or full) are available for applicants from DAC-countries and/or LGBTIQA+-communities! Application deadline for scholarships: 19.04.2019

Organizer & Host: Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) was founded in September 1982 as an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation. The ASPR aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and peaceful conflict resolution and to the dissemination of practical ideas for peace, including its developmental and environmental aspects.

In order to carry out these tasks, the ASPR conducts and evaluates research in line with its objectives, engages in training and education, and conducts scientific courses. It also publishes several periodicals (Dialog, Friedensforum, Friedensbericht) dealing with peace issues.

A Peace Museum in Schlaining Castle has been established. In order to help to facilitate ASPR activities, ASPR set up an unique infrastructure including the Peace Library in a former synagogue, a Conference Center in Schlaining Castle, the Hotel Burg Schlaining, and Haus International, which is a student hostel.

For these and other efforts, the ASPR was awarded the UN “Peace Messenger” status in 1987, and, together with the EPU, the UNESCO-Prize for Peace Education 1995.

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Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
+43 3355 2498


Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Rochusplatz 1
Stadtschlaining, Burgenland 7461 Austria
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