Working Tirelessly for Peace and Equality: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Liberia

Working Tirelessly for Peace and Equality: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Liberia

by Janel B. Galvanek, James Suah Shilue
Working Tirelessly for Peace and Equality: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Liberia

Working Tirelessly for Peace and Equality: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Liberia

by Janel B. Galvanek, James Suah Shilue

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Overview

From the establishment of the Liberian state in 1847, the government's indirect rule over the majority indigenous Liberian population was oppressive and exploitative, and in 1980 the settler government was overthrown. But instead of uniting Liberians, the first indigenous Liberian president presided over a 10-year dictatorship, followed by a brutal civil war that lasted until 2003.


In this case study, we examine the methodologies and approaches of the various actors involved in civil resistance and peacebuilding throughout each phase of conflict in Liberia. Organizations like the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, the Mano River Women's Peace Network, and the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission worked for peace and advocated for democratic change throughout the civil war. Then in 2003, the Mass Action for Peace began organizing protests, sit-ins, and vigils to actively pressure the warring parties to come to an agreement. These actors pursued strategies of peacebuilding and civil resistance simultaneously, which led to the complementarity of their work and increased the impact they had on the peace process.



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ISBN-13: 9781943271740
Publisher: International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Publication date: 05/19/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 42
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Janel B. Galvanek is the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Unit at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin, Germany, where she leads the Foundation's projects in Somalia, supporting mediation and dialogue initiatives among local communities in Hirshabelle and Galmudug States. Janel's professional focus includes insider mediation, infrastructures for peace, and engaging local actors in conflict transformation processes. On a volunteer basis, Janel is the director of Growing Tree Liberia, an NGO based in Germany that supports programs for disadvantaged children in Liberia. She holds a Master's degree in Peace Research and Security Policy from Hamburg University and an MA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. James Suah Shilue is Executive Director for Liberian NGO, Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) as of June 2012. Prior to occupying this position, he served as Liberia's Programme Coordinator for UN joint Programme/Interpeace initiative (2007-2012). He presently serves as chairman for CSOs Cluster on peacebuilding and national reconciliation. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Liberia. His professional areas of interest include, social research, post war reconstruction and development, rule of law, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, youth, women peace and security and human security. He has enormous experience working with national and international stakeholders to communicate complex findings into policy relevant action plans. He holds a master's degree in Social and Community Studies (De Montfort University, UK) and an MA in Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands).

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