PSRP Partner Confirms Five Scholarships for Upcoming Summer School in Belfast

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The Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University is hosting a Summer School this month as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme. ‘Women and Political Settlements: International, Regional and Local Approaches to Peacemaking’ begins on 27 June 2016 – the week after the Global Justice Academy’s Summer School on ‘Inclusive Political Settlements: the Theory and Practice of Transforming Conflict’. Both programmes benefit from generous scholarship provision, and TJI is delighted to announce and introduce the recipients of this year’s awards:

Messina Manirakiza

Messina ManirakizaMessina Laurette MANIRAKIZA holds a law degree (LLB with distinction) from National University of Rwanda in 2009, a Master of Science (with High distinction) in Gender, Institutions and Societies from Light University Bujumbura(class of 2013), an LLM in International Economic and Business Law from University of Groningen where she was an Eric Bleumink Fund fellow from University of Groningen in Netherlands (class of 2014) and an LLM (cum Laude) from the University of Notre Dame-Center for Civil and Human Rights (class of 2015). Her previous professional experience includes working for the American Bar Association in Burundi in the Former Child Soldiers Reintegration domain, and as project manager of a National program of Sensitization against Sexual and Gender Based Violence and regional program entitled “Reducing Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Region” both at the National Justice and Peace Commission of Burundi, an organization which belongs to the Burundian National Catholic’s Bishop Conference between 2009 and 2011. She has also worked as a legal advisor with leading law firms in Rwanda and Burundi in 2012 and 2013.She is currently working as a researcher with IMPUNITY WATCH (Burundi Office) with special focus on International Criminal Justice, Transitional justice and Gender Justice. She is also a visiting lecturer at Light University of Bujumbura and is part of the Burundian platform ‘’Women, Peace and Security’’ which brings together women from different groups at the national level including religious groups, women’s organizations and political parties and provides a framework for reflection on the potential role of women in the process of restoring peace and security in Burundi.

Jose Ivo Correia

Jose Ivo CorreiaJosé Ivo Correia is researcher, community dialogues facilitator and activist. He got his BA honors in International relations in 1993 and then attended a Conflict Resolution Programme at the University of Uppsala. Following the Mozambican General Peace Agreement, he trained Poll Monitor for the 1994 Mozambican elections and also worked as research assistant in the Oxford University Economic Costs of War project in Mozambique (1995-1996). He also got a Masters in Public Management in 2001. He also worked for UNAIDS as Gender and HIV and AIDS Programme Officer (2005-2007) before joining Forum Mulher (Mozambican Women Forum) in 2008-2011 as a community facilitator on women international and national legal frameworks. Now he is a researcher at the Centre for Mozambican and International Studies (CEMO). His areas of interest are conflict resolution techniques, legal pluralism, Gender, Masculinities and the peaceful resolution of political conflicts.

Shyamala Gomez

Shyamala GomezShyamala Gomez is the Country Director at FOKUS WOMEN, the Country Office for FOKUS, a women’s organization based in Oslo. FOKUS WOMEN works on women, peace and security issues in post war Sri Lanka. Ms. Gomez taught law at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo for eight years and was also the Gender Advisor to the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator in Colombo from 2006 to 2011. She has published in the areas of violence against women, masculinities, migrant worker rights, women’s land rights and on women, peace and security. A Fulbright Scholar, she has an LLB from the University of Colombo and a Masters in Law from Georgetown University, Washington DC.


Prativa Khanal

Pravita KhanalPrativa Khanal is a human rights lawyer and a Project Coordinator at CCS-Italy (Centro Cooperazione Sviluppo Onlus), Nepal Country Office working in the implementation of UNSCRs 1325 and 1820. Her aim is to enhance marginalized conflict-affected women and girls’ (victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, SGBV) access to justice by bringing these issues to policy level from grassroots level to mainstream gender issues through legal aid/representation/counseling. Being a young human rights activist, she believes that SGBV victims/survivors of decade-long conflict in Nepal are yet to get truth, justice and reparation as per the international human rights law.



Onguka Janet Awuor

Onguka Janet AwuorOnguka Janet Awuor comes from South Sudan and is a community development officer with the grass-roots organisation, Hope Agency for Relief and Development HARD. She has been an Emergency Programmes Co-ordinator for over four years. Janet is experienced in managing Peace Building, Human Rights and Governance, and Human Security and Justice Programs in conflict and post-conflict countries. Her recent activities include reinforcing the principle of inclusivity and the role of women in peace building, promoting the establishment and strengthening of community peace building institutions, promoting conflict resolution through peace conferences. Janet resides in HARD’s Guest house in Wau-South Sudan and she enjoys aerobics and music.





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