Thursday, September 21st, 2023

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Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies Initiative and American University presented:

Change From the Ground Up: The Role of Women, Youth and Community-led Movements in Effecting Societal Change in Northern Ireland

Emma DeSouza

Thursday September 21. This event was free and open to the public.

Writer, peacebuilder, and political commentator, Emma DeSouza, spoke about youth leadership, women’s participation, and civil society in delivering change.

Emma is the Founder and Co-Facilitator of Northern Ireland’s Civic Initiative, and a Northern Ireland advisor on peace processes and policy.

She effected substantial changes to UK immigration law after a five-year court case to bring legislation in line with UK commitments regarding human rights, identity and citizenship in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. Former Leadership Coordinator of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Emma established the first All-island Women’s Forum, a new peacebuilding structure that brings women from across the island of Ireland together to work collectively in addressing women, peace, and security.

In 2023 Emma founded the Civic Initiative, a new participatory structure that brings together a wide range of civic society organizations to create a space for deliberative dialogues on advancing and supporting peace, reconciliation, and wellbeing. An accomplished journalist, Emma hosted a six-part podcast series on Northern Ireland’s Peace Process titled ‘Lost in Implementation’ and is working on her first book.

image is of DeSouza's PowerPoint presentation. Large wood paneled room with screen and audience visible.

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