Peacebuilding approaches in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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Faculty: Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics
Department: International Relations and Diplomacy

Type of the workshop: National Workshop
The workshop in brief:

The aim of the program was to celebrate the global entrepreneurship week and the workshop has provided a platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange the ideas.

Participants: There were 19 participants in the workshop.

Date and time: January 31, 2021.
Place: Tishk International University.

Session topics: 

  1. Session one was by Ms. Anne Blanchflower about how to build peace with and for children by weaving resilience through their communities.
  2. Session 2 by Mr. Romeo Hakari on how the KRI has achieved its current level of peace.
  3. The third session by Mr. Krmanj Othman on the legal perspective on peace building.

Presenters names and affiliations:

  • Ms. Anne Blanchflower, Head of International Relations & Diplomacy Department, TIU
  • Mr. Romeo Hakari, KRG Parliament Member
  • Mr. Romeo Hakari was born in Hawdyian, Rwandz and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Mr Romeo is affiliated to the National Union Coalition and is currently serving his second term as a Member of the Kurdistan Parliament, representing the Christian minority.  In his capacity as an MP, he is the Head of several key committees including Social Affairs, the Protection of Women’s Rights, and Human Rights. In addition to his participation in these humanitarian committees, Mr Romeo is also a member of the Interior, Security and Local Councils’ committee.
  • Mr. Krmanj Othman, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Justice
  • Mr. Krmanj Othman is a Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Justice in the Kurdish Regional Government.  In addition to this Mr Krmanj conducts extensive research in the areas of Human Rights and International Law.  He attained his master’s degree in Peacekeeping Management from the University of Turin, Italy and has since worked as Researcher or Legal Advisor for a number of international non-governmental organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, ACTED, EPOS, Spark and Emma.

Outcome of the workshop:

There was a discussion among the students and the presenters on how to build peace with and for children by weaving resilience through their communities. Peacebuilding contributes to good governance, sustainable and equitable economic development, peace and reconciliation, and civic empowerment and some students shared their comments about peace and support for a World Vision which promotes and listens to children and young people in conflict areas, enabling them to build a peaceful future.