Conflict sensitized training eyes capacity development for community leaders

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BY MAVIS NSIHIMURA PODOKOLO

A four-day training on conflict sensitivity eyes developing community leaders capacity to embrace a culture of peace, justice and non-violence.

Addressing the workshop Executive director of the Pacific Centre for Peace building and facilitator of the training Florence Swamy explained the training eyes emerging community leaders capacity in terms of peace building in any conflict.

She said this is a way forward to strengthen the coordination and cooperation towards nation building in relation to peace building for leaders capacities to embrace a culture of peace.

“With this at the end of this peace building exercise women’s capacity in the development of strategies that fosters inclusivity, transformative making and increased participation of women, youth and marginalised groups in a decision making structures will be strengthened.”

She adds the intended outcome of this activity is to trained participants to help educate communities and as well as advocate for peace.

Swamy said the knowledge imparted upon the trained participants will be implemented and extended to the community level to work out issues that are point of conflicts.

Hence the four days training will mainly focuses on peace building tools, such as conflict mapping, mediation and restoration of justice to name a few,” she said.

Swamy said they have chosen Solomon Islands to run this training as their work has included working in Solomon Islands and also Papua New Guinea.

The activity got its support from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariats and the action was funded by the European Union.

It starts yesterday with the theme; Strengthening women’s peacebuilding leadership programme and will ends on Thursday with a peace visual.

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