Workshop with the activists from Northern Ireland

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After short listening 25 candidates for the study trip to Northern Ireland a workshop was organized on the 9 and 10 February, 2015 with participation from activists from Northern Ireland. They introduced the approach women from Northern Ireland took in regards to the negotiations of the Good Friday Peace Agreement and their subsequent involvement in politics. The participants came different parts of BiH, and were representatives of formal organizations as well as informal initiatives, political parties and individual activists. Our guests from Northern Ireland were Bronagh Hinds, Avila Kilmurray, and Monica McWilliams. The three of them were co-founders of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross-community political party elected to the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations that lead to the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998. At the workshop we looked at how peace-building and activism looked like in Northern Ireland, what strategies were used by women in order to become a party to the negotiations, what strategies they applied in regards to activism at community level working across nationalistic divides and what Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition meant for peace negotiations and the peace agreement itself.