Peacebuilding can take many forms. At the grassroots or community level, in Schools, sports are increasingly becoming a part of the peace builder's toolkit worldwide. Sports can bring people together towards a common goal, while promoting respect and community with others.
By building relationships between different groups, conflict can be transformed. In addition, sports can be used as a deterrent by teaching the values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, respect and communication skills needed to reduce tensions and prevent conflict.
Women’s inclusion in peacebuilding processes is essential for long-term success. This is proven. Gender-equal participation contributes to longer, and lasting peace after conflict.
Despite strong evidence in favour of their inclusion, women remain largely invisible in and sidelined from formal peace processes and negotiations.
In Akobo, RLC is striving to promote and engage women in peacebuilding efforts through community dialogues to create sustainable peace. Through previous experiences in implementing peace building in Akobo supported by VISTAS/USAID, RLC has been engaging communities’ leaders through conducting peace building conferences, trained traditional leaders on customary laws, capacity building of community leaders on conflict prevention and early warning system and child abduction.