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Talking peace: Young women's agency and peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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dc.contributor.advisor Kindon, Sara
dc.contributor.author Goulter, Sophie
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-16T00:33:23Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T03:13:48Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-16T00:33:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T03:13:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29733
dc.description.abstract As violence reignites in Israel and Palestine, prospects of attaining a sustainable peace agreement appear bleak. Youth engaging in collaborative peacemaking face increasing obstacles to demonstrate their agency. Through critical feminist and phenomenological analyses, this thesis examines the agency of youth in Creativity for Peace (CfP) through an investigation of their capacity to act for peace. CfP is a charity facilitating dialogue between young Israeli and Palestinian women in a bid to grow the next generation of peacemaking leaders in the region, through providing leadership training and support. This research aims to develop gender-specific analysis of inter-group peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, distinguishing how the young women of CfP practice their agency in navigating obstacles they encounter. Recommendations will then be offered for how CfP can improve its initiative to better address the challenges the participants face. This investigation places emphasis on how the dynamics of the girls’ age and gender hinder or assist them in practising their agency. Drawing on qualitative data gathered from interviews, focus groups and participant observation, the challenges the girls encounter and the ways these are negotiated are explored. The research findings suggest the dominant challenges to participation in peacemaking are structural challenges; the societal stigma towards peacemaking, the internal conflict the young women experience and the emotional commitment required to sustain their engagement. The means by which the girls negotiate these challenges largely comes back to practising non-violent communication learnt with CfP, and creating and sustaining supportive personal networks within the CfP community. This study challenges the representation of young women as passive victims of this conflict and examines how they can be powerful actors for peace in the Middle East. Findings may be applicable to similar dialogue-based organisations working with young Israelis and Palestinians in peacemaking. Best practice may then be shared. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.subject Youth en_NZ
dc.subject Peace en_NZ
dc.subject Middle East en_NZ
dc.title Talking peace: Young women's agency and peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Development Studies en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Development Studies en_NZ

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