Theory and Practice of Peace Advocacy (PA)
Vanessa Bible (Australia) and Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral (Philippines)
This course introduces participants to the theory and practice of peace advocacy. Whether participants’ backgrounds are in social justice, environmental advocacy, natural resources, working with youth, community development, or any other peace-related field, this course will be applicable to those wishing to further build their advocacy skills. It will focus on some of the most important aspects of peace advocacy, including the theory of social and environmental justice, stakeholder negotiation, nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, and leadership. The course is designed to help individuals to identify and develop their own unique advocacy skillset, tailored towards their own existing or future professional field. By the final session, participants will have developed their own ‘peacebuilding toolkit.’
Vanessa “Ned” Bible is a Lecturer in Peace Studies and History at the University of New England, Australia. Vanessa has been lecturing in Peace Studies for eight years. She has also been involved in grassroots peace, environmental, and social justice organizations for 20 years. Vanessa has helped establish a number of local groups in her community, and she is currently the Convenor of People for Peace, an action group of Sustainable Living Armidale in Armidale, New South Wales.
Vanessa has a PhD in Peace Studies, as well as a Master of Environmental Advocacy, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of New England. She is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science in order to bring a more holistic understanding to her environmental peacebuilding approach. Her award-winning PhD focused on the importance of place, identity, and belonging in cultivating inclusive and community-based environmental peacebuilding. Vanessa is currently working on a book titled Environmental Peace in the Anthropocene, which is to be published with Routledge in 2023.
GABRIELLE AZIZA SAGARAL
Gabrielle “Gabs” Aziza Sagaral is a Project Manager with Forum Civil Peace Service (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e.V. or forumZFD), an international non-governmental organization working on nonviolent conflict transformation in several countries, including the Philippines. She leads the Davao-based project team’s efforts in integrating peace education in the curricula of higher education, and the strengthening of local communities in the use of nonviolent conflict transformation approaches. The latter is being used to complement their indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms to resolve local conflicts. She works closely with local stakeholders, such as academic institutions, education agencies, and people’s organizations within the Davao region in Mindanao, Philippines.
For over 10 years, Gabs has been engaged in peacebuilding, nonviolent conflict transformation, and asset-based community development work. Starting as a volunteer and program officer with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, she has worked alongside different Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao by providing capacity building on community-based media and cultural regeneration through iEmergence, Inc. Gabs graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the Ateneo de Davao University. She is an alumna of MPI and one of the pioneer members of the first batch of its Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program. Gabs joined MPI’s distinguished roster of facilitators in 2019.