The Glencree Women’s Programme has operated since 2004 with funding from the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Redeveloped in 2018 under the banner of ‘Women’s Leadership’ with a fresh, more diverse, all-island vision, this programme promotes reconciliation through dialogue, education and actively addressing legacies of conflict. This programme is specifically focused on UN Resolution 1325 - Women, Peace and Security.
Our Women's Leadership programme aims to support and empower women on the island of Ireland who have experience of political conflict, and its effects, to expand their influence and become active leaders in the political processes that promote peacebuilding on the island of Ireland and internationally.
Through Glencree’s experiences in conflict and post conflict societies, we have come to learn that women in these typically patriarchal and militaristic societies often see themselves as responsible for their families' welfare and safety. In the Northern Ireland context, low levels of education and opportunity, the threat of violence, issues of mental health, stress and suicide, can leave women in marginalised communities with little chance to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them. The political impasse of recent years coupled with Brexit uncertainties have hampered socio-economic development, and put pressure and tension on intra and inter community relationships. In this environment, many women are yet again left without a voice.
As a firm advocate of UN Resolution 1325, which recognises the value and importance of the role of women in peace-making, and as a member of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Glencree supports the Third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. This plan emphasises the need to fully recognise the contribution that women can and do make to bringing sustained peace in marginalised communities.
This Courageous Women podcast features interviews with community leaders in Northern Ireland who have found mutual respect through deep dialogue and critical thinking at Glencree. Participants discuss the issues stemming from the legacy of the conflict and what needs to change to create a more peaceful society.