We received this request for an interview with a peace activist from a researcher in Costa Rica and I wanted to see if any of you are interested in participating.
Please see Den's email below, and if you are interested in this opportunity, private message me for Den's contact information.
My name is Den Quinsay, a graduate in Gender and Peacebuilding from University for Peace in Costa Rica. I found your work through the attendee list for the 2012 Women Peace Maker Conference. I am writing an independent research project about women's participation during and post-conflict. The working title is: "Challenging the gendered hierarchy during and post-conflict: How long do windows of opportunity stay open for women and peacemakers?"
Numerous writings had been published on women and their participation in peace building. Many theorists and experts in the field can agree that conflict is a time when hierarchal and patriarchal systems can be best challenged. While it is important to know that women's participation is ever-present, it is also significant to find out the extent of their participation. This research would aim to follow the peacemaker's or mediator's participation in peace process or involvement in gender work.
I would like to personally ask you if I may interviewsomeone from your organization who would identify as a peacemaker and is interested in sharing their experience thus far. There are only 3 questions - please see below. The interview can be conducted through Skype or if you prefer email, that is fine as well.
This research will contribute towards expanding the information available about women peacemakers, especially those engaged in the field of gender. Learning about the period of their involvement will help draw attention to structures and systems that both hinder and encourage participation in peace process.
Thank you for your consideration and thank you very much for your time. I hope to hear from you soon. If you need more information regarding the research, please let me know.
- What is your direct or indirect experience with/in peace building?
- What structures or systems encourage success or create challenges for women's participation in peace processes?
- How long do windows of opportunity to partake in peace processes stay open for women? In what ways can we help help this window stay open?
Den Quinsay Gender and Peacebuilding (M.A.) Global Leadership (M.S.)
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