The lecture, titled Finding the Balance: Security and Human Rights in the Contemporary World, sets the scene for the PeaceJam Conference which aims to inspire students from local schools and colleges to become the next generation of peacebuilders.
PeaceJam Winchester was set up as the South of England PeaceJam hub in 2014. It is part of an international youth movement with the aim to educate, inspire and engage young people in international fellowship and world peace.
“The University’s partnership with PeaceJam helps bring individuals to Winchester whose work in peacebuilding has been recognised at the very highest level, in order inspire the next generation of young peacebuilders and social activists,” said Dr Mark Owen, Director of the University of Winchester’s Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace. “It therefore gives us immense pleasure to welcome the Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Jody Williams to the University, and we are very much looking forward to hearing about her work, and learning from her wisdom and experiences.”
In 1997, Professor Williams was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), of which she was chief strategist. The ICBL called for an end to the use, production, trade and stockpiling of mines. Within five years of the campaign’s launch an international treaty against the use of landlines had been drawn up and signed by 122 countries. To date, more than 156 countries have signed the landmine ban treaty.
As well as giving the public talk with a question and answer session, Jody joins the PeaceJam Conference (7-8 March) at the University to work with and mentor local young people. Activities include project planning, team building and workshops.
Dr Owen added: “This is an amazing opportunity for the young people and students taking part, and we would strongly encourage local schools to get involved with the PeaceJam initiative here at the University.”
Finding the Balance: Security and Human Rights in the Contemporary World takes place on Friday 6 March at 6.30pm at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. Tickets cost £10 (free for students). Find out more at www.winchester.ac.uk/events