Above: An image of the grassroots peacebuilding conference in Gulu.

In June, Dr. John Harris and students of Regional + City Planning traveled to northern Uganda with the OU Center for Peace and Development (CPD) this past month to aid in the organization of a women’s grassroots peacebuilding conference in Gulu. The conference brought together 78 women from all five sub-regions of Northern region, Uganda to discuss ongoing sources of conflict in their communities and their priorities for action. The students assisted the conference by facilitating discussions, recording information, and compiling reports, briefs, and action items. The conference is part of the CPD’s commitment to learn from and work with grassroots organizations in post-conflict northern Uganda, especially around issues of gender equity. 

The peacebuilding conference has also been featured by the OU Daily.