The new book chapter "We Are Alive, but Have No Life": Rohingya Refugees, Deprived of the Prospects for a Future written by Senior Researcher Marte Nilsen, explores some of the everyday strategies of survival that stateless, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh make use of to navigate under the precarious conditions of being denied rights and recognition.
Klo Kwe Moo Kham has successfully defended his thesis "The Quest for Peace in Kawthoolei: The Strategies, Outcomes, and Sustainability of Peacebuilding in Southeast Myanmar, 2012-2020".
In societies at war or facing severe repression, what motivates individuals to take action for social justice when doing so involves great risk and uncertainty? How do such small but often heroic everyday acts of common people inspire larger transformations? And what is the impact of storytelling about everyday acts that challenge inequalities and injustices in places like Myanmar, Somaliland and Syria?
The TRANSFORM research team has grappled with these questions for four years, and you will find some answers in this online exhibition.
On June 3rd 2021, the INSPIRE research platform was launched with a live performance by Faytinga and a presentation of artwork by Diala Brisly. The research platform can be explored at inspire.gallery
How do political opposition groups in Myanmar and Thailand use popular culture and art to generate legitimacy for their political causes and propagate their messages?
The project will investigate the current crisis of statelessness affecting millions of people in the Bengali borderlands, including the Rohingya population of Myanmar and Bengali Muslims in the Northeast Indian state of Assam.
What drives the small but often heroic everyday acts of people in their attempts to challenge dehumanization and abuse in violent conflict? PRIO is proud to share the first of a series of three animations and comics from Myanmar, Syria and Somaliland, made for the TRANSFORM project in collaboration with PositiveNegatives.
PRIO's Centre on Culture and Conflict has received funding from the FRIPRO programme of the Research Council of Norway for the 4-year project Inspirational Creative Practice: the Work of Artists in Times of War (INSPIRE). Congratulations to project leaders Katarzyna Grabska and Cindy Horst, as well as Marte Nilsen and Covadonga Morales Bertrand, who will also take part in the project. There will also be a PhD position.
On 2 August, Julie Marie Hansen gave a talk about sexual violence in armed conflict at KSAS, Humanity Institute in Myitkyina, Myanmar. Hansen introduced current theories on the causes and consequences of conflict-related sexual violence, and an overview of efforts to prevent and mitigate the impact of this type of violence.
The book describes women’s efforts as agents for change in Myanmar and examines the potential of the peace process as an opportunity for women’s empowerment.
Since the August 2017 crisis forced them to flee their native Myanmar, Rohingya refugees have attempted to rebuild a semblance of normalcy in the squalid camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The Government of Bangladesh restricts formal schooling for refugee children and youth. International and national NGOs provide some nonformal education in the camps, but the general lack of education has become a major source of concern and despair for refugees.
In response, numerous refugee-led networks of community teachers have been formed trying to fill the gap in formal education.
To learn more about these efforts and how these networks could be engaged by humanitarian agencies working to improve the education situation for refugees in the camps, read this new report commissioned for PRIO’s EducAid project.
This new GPS Policy Brief on women’s participation in the Myanmar peace process asks:
With so much attention on the destructive role of Facebook in Myanmar, Doctoral Researcher Julie M. Hansen points out the constructive side of Facebook by bringing in examples of how women in Myanmar use of the social media platform. She writes:
spread of hate speech and misinformation online that incites real-life violence
are serious issues that deserve the media attention they have received, and the
tech community must prioritise finding a solution. Yet, for a fuller
understanding of the role of Facebook – which has become such a dominant tool in
Myanmar for information and communication that is almost synonymous with the
internet – we should also recognise the platform’s constructive side. And this becomes apparent when we look at how
the social media platform is used by women."
For tredje år på rad går antall drepte i konflikter i verden ned. Men de fleste konflikter i verden hører vi sjelden noe om.
Bli litt klokere i sommer: Lytt til podcaster om de mindre kjente konfliktene i verden i dag.
Tusen takk til NRK for tillatelse til å gjengi lydfilene.
The conference was organised by the PRIO project on 'Gender Equality, Peace and Security in Nepal and Myanmar' (WOMENsPEACE). The papers presented at the conference described the diverse roles of women in the ongoing Myanmar peace process, insisting on the vital importance of a gender perspective in the study of conflict, security and peace.
The December 2017 issue of the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is now out.
The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS Update) is an electronic newsletter launched by the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in response to growing interest among the public for information about gender, peace and security issues.
For any queries regarding the GPS Update, contact Julie Marie Hansen (email@example.com).
From early 2018, Julie Marie Hansen will start a three-year doctoral research project studying the gendered impacts of social media on armed conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar.
Funded by the Research Council of Norway (NORGLOBAL), the PRIO project Gender Equality, Peace and Security in Nepal and Myanmar (WOMENsPEACE) studies the gender dimension of the peace processes in Nepal and Myanmar. As a part of the WOMENsPEACE project, we plan to publish an edited volume on Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you are doing research in this field and would like to contribute.
The planned book aims to describe the important but highly diverse roles of women in the Ethnic Armed Organizations of Myanmar, presenting perspectives on the agency of women in times of war as well as negotiations for peace. Engaging critically with the women, peace and security literature, the volume will question the potential of peace processes to become a window of opportunity for women's empowerment, while insisting on the vital importance of a gender perspective in the study of conflict, security and peace.
The second issue in 2017 the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is now out.
The lead story in this issue includes an interview with researchers Christine Amisi (ICART) and Gudrun Østby (PRIO) about their research on support programmes for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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