Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Peace Writer, Gabrielle Clifford, who tells the story of Judge Najla Ayubi from Afghanistan, a Women PeaceMaker at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego during 2015.
Excerpt from Interview
“The dissemination of the narratives particularly are representative of human rights education. Inserting feminine based content into or alongside texts that are historically written by men for men and only telling one part of the story is very much a peacebuiling move in that it is introducing balance into the conversation…and that is a very powerful tool in peacebuilidng.”
Biography of Gabrielle Clifford
Gabrielle holds a BA (with honors) in global studies, socioeconomics and politics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and two post-graduate certificates: one in sustainable business practices from the University of California at San Diego Extended Studies, and the other in impact investing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her background is in international relations, conflict resolution and environmental sustainability. Clifford is passionate about the relationship between environmental sustainability and grassroots international sustainable development in the context of peacebuilding.
The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego where Gabrielle spent concentrated time with Pauline while she was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).
More About The IPJ Peace Writers
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.
The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories, which are documented by four Peace Writers.
These Peace Writers tell their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. The Peace Writers interview their PeaceMakers daily and produce a document that includes narrative stories and complementary components, such as a historical summary of the conflict and a table of best practices in peacebuilding as demonstrated by the work of the PeaceMaker.
Monica McWilliams, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission comments on the importance of this program:
“You are writing women into history. You are making sure their stories are not forgotten. You are making sure those stories are passed on to the next generation.”