Making Space for Peace: Human Rights Defenders and peacebuilding

Time/date: 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday evenings from the 1st of May.

Venue: Comhlamh Offices, 12 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Course Fee€45 waged; €30 for Comhlamh members; €20 for student/unwaged.

Peace Brigades International Ireland is launching an exciting new course entitled “Making Space for Peace: Human rights defenders and peacebuilding.”

The course will take place in Dublin and is a 5 week evening course that provides participants with an introduction to the world of human rights, peacebuilding and the role of civil society and social movements in the achievement of positive peace.

If you are interested in the field of peace studies and the work of human rights defenders in mobilising communities, giving visibility to human rights and promoting sustainable peace then this course is for you!

This course will be interactive and participatory with the aim of supporting you to gain and practice skills integral to the approach of nonviolence and local peacebuilding.

Over the course of five weeks you will learn about some key concepts in peacebuilding with particular focus on nonviolence, the work of human rights defenders in different stages of peace - promoting the reduction of violence, the protection of civilians, local and national dialogue or contributing to national peace processes – and the challenges faced by HRDs through case studies and personal stories from PBI accompanied HRDs and former field volunteers. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the international protective accompaniment model pioneered by PBI in areas of conflict and post-conflict and how it supports defenders to do their work despite difficult circumstances.

Specific topics explored will include:

- Introduction to Human Rights, peacebuilding and the role of civil society in peace.

- Introduction to non-violence and peace studies.

- The theory of protection and PBI’s model of international protective accompaniment.

- The role of HRDs in peacebuilding (including advocacy)

- Key case studies from PBI’s work with HRDS that illustrate the connection between HRDs and peacebuilding and the reduction of violence.

The course will run over 5 Wednesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm, starting on the 1st of May in Comhlámh offices, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2.

Spaces are limited, so please get in touch to reserve your place by 24th April. To register just email with your name and contact details and we’ll get back to you.