Teresa Dumasy and Sanne Tielmans from Conciliation Resourcesvisit PRIO in the event of the launching of their new report Women Building Peace, an Accord Insight publication featuring first-hand accounts of women’s peacebuilding experiences in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Papua New Guinea (Bougainville), Northern Ireland, Angola, Sudan, Indonesia (Aceh) and Somalia.

The report provides insights for peacebuilding practitioners and policymakers into what women peacebuilders can achieve, their challenges and innovations, and how they can be effectively supported in their efforts.

In addition to a presentation of the report, Dumasy and Tielmans will present Conciliation Resources’ engagement on Women, Peace and Security and reflect on current international responses and thinking.

This Accord Insight presents nine articles drawn from previous editions of Accord that examine the roles women have played in addressing violence and building peace. The case studies cover a period from 1998 to 2010 and contexts as far apart as Bougainville and Sierra Leone, Aceh and Northern Ireland.


11:30 A light lunch will be served
12:00 Introductory remarks, Torunn L. Tryggestad, PRIO
12:05 Launch of Accord Insight Publication, Teresa Dumasy, Conciliation Resources
12:20 Conciliation Resources and Women, Peace and Security, Sanne Tielmans, Conciliation Resources
12:40 Comments, by Torunn L. Tryggestad, PRIO
12:50 Q&A, discussion
13:30 End of Seminar

Chair: Torunn L. Tryggestad, PRIO


Teresa Dumasy is Head of Policy and Learning at Conciliation Resources. Teresa joined Conciliation Resources in November 2010 as manager of the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project, an EC-funded initiative carried out in partnership with Saferworld. She now helps shape CRs work as Head of Policy and Learning. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant to NGOs working in the field of peacebuilding, advising on monitoring and evaluation and conducting project reviews. Teresa worked for a number of years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, including four years as adviser to the UK Government's Russia-CIS Conflict Prevention Pool.

Sanne Tielmans is a Policy Analyst at Conciliation Resources. Sanne leads the policy engagement with EU-based actors and European governments and aspects of CRs thematic work, including public participation and women, peace and security. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources, Sanne worked for peacebuilding and conflict prevention organizations in Brussels, including the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), where she led work on gender, peace and conflict.

The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) provided financial support for the production and dissemination of this publication.