In a world with a fast-growing population, dwindling natural resources, serious inequality and other major problems, the ability to solve conflicts and make peace is more important than ever. Conflicts cannot be resolved by force – peaceful negotiation is the only real solution. There is no conflict, no matter how serious, that cannot be solved. As President Ahtisaari likes to say, peace is a matter of will.
These learning materials focus on peace mediation lessons learned by President Ahtisaari and underline the importance of inclusion of women into peace processes.
1. President Ahtisaari’s lessons for peace
Nobel Peace laureate and former president of Finland Martti Ahtisaari shares the most important principles he has learned and put into practice during his long career as a peacemaker.
2. Women in peacemaking
Women’s experience and know-how are often called belittled as “women’s matters”, and are not taken into account in considering matters of peace-building and security. This exercise focuses on the myths associated with social and political participation by women.
In this five-hour advanced training package, students learn about the theme “women, peace and security”, and about the contributions that women could make to peace processes, negotiations and resolving armed conflicts.
Video: A better road to peace
Why is it important to include women into conflict resolution? How can we best support a stronger role for women in peace processes? Have a look at the ICAN’s (International Civil Society Network) video on women in peacemaking.
3. Centre Country, South Country, East Country
The purpose of this exercise is to show, and provide an experience on an emotional level of how conflicts can start. The exercise will also make clear that there seldom is a ’good’ or ’bad’ side. It’s important to listen to each other and to take each other’s views and concerns into consideration.