Yaliwe Clarke reflects on the project she convened (2009- 2010) - 30 August 2011
This research and capacity building project that Yaliwe speaks about in this podcast involved women activists confronting militarism and conflict in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project was primarily about developing new analytic voices around the meaning of ‘gendered security’ for women in diverse settings (slums, refugee settlements, migrant routes, conflict zones, and peacekeeping initiatives). The project did this by working with 15 of women peace activists from the two sub-regions. Through a combination of research and training workshops as well as one-to-one interaction between AGI and women peace activists, the project strengthened organisational capacities to respond to situations of extreme insecurity. In 2009, AGI partnered with Isis-WICCE, a leading Ugandan based NGO that has for the last 13 years documented women’s experiences of armed conflict in 15 African countries. Although the project formally ended in December of 2010, the women peace activists continue to have conversations regarding their work through a listserve they called 'Write Peace.' Yaliwe Clarke, the Convenor of the project continues to work with the Ugandan based Isis-WICCE as a member of their board.