Workshop: Mediative Practice and Civil Observers

Protests, Marches and Demonstrations raise public awareness as racial and climate justice groups engage citizens, governments, and organizations across the world. As we live through the multiple crises that threaten democracy, health, and the planet, there are small and big constructive steps that mediators and peacebuilders can take to reduce the potential for violence and promote constructive conversation.
Join MBBI in an interactive workshop Mediative Practice and Civil Observers by Mary Montague, our European Representative, on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 11:00 AM EDT (-4 UTC). Mary will facilitate this workshop on mediative practices in the midst of social action; she will share examples from her experience in Northern Ireland that includes shuttle mediation, monitoring, engaging, and facilitating the shift to longer-term dialogues. Mary Montague, the 2015 MBBI Peacemaker of the Year was a nurse in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. She was a front line peacebuilder well before and then after the peace treaty was signed. She is a founding member of the Women Waging Peace global network and remains active locally and globally conducting analysis, designing, and facilitating interventions. 

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Mary Montague has been involved in peacebuilding work since 1975. She is a trained mediator and has had extensive experience working in community development and community relations throughout the many years of conflict in Northern Ireland. She has been an initiator of many programs to build capacity within communities worked with families from all sides of the community divide in Northern Ireland who had directly suffered due to the violence and developed therapeutic programs for children traumatized as a result of the conflict.

In 2001 Mary co-founded TIDES Training a Charitable non-profit Training and Consultancy company. Mary has an established background in community capacity development with particular interest in mediation and conflict management. She has lectured and trained internationally on many occasions on the themes of conflict management, peace building and reconciliation through community building in countries such as Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sudan and Pakistan. The programs incorporated the learning from Northern Ireland, the ‘Rights Based Approach’ and the ‘Do no Harm’ approach. Mary is a founding member of Women Waging Peace global network at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Boston, USA. She has been a committee member of the CFNI Communities in Transition Program, and has sat on a number of Boards and Committees including InterChurch Reconciliation Fund Committee, The Human Rights Commission Working Party for a bill of rights and victims. As an experienced mentor, she advises groups in strategic developmental projects. She offers coaching to many individuals on a one to one basis to further develop their skills in community development, mediation and mediative interventions. She is the author of Relationships to Reconciliation.

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