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Project assistants for the 'Creative Peace and Human Rights Education Summer School'

Started Apr 15, 2012 0 Replies

Vacancy for 2 Project Assistants (volunteer position) The International Summer school 'Creative Peace and Human Rights Education' 2012 is looking for 2 Project AssistantsDate: 1- 6 July 2012Place:…Continue

Call for Applicants 'Creative Peace and Human Rights Education' Summer School

Started Apr 15, 2012 0 Replies

Call for applicants to the international summer school 'Creative Peace and Human Rights Education’1 – 6 July 2012, Utrecht, The Netherlands.Application deadline: 6 June 2012In our world, many…Continue

Tags: summer, Global, school, Human, Rights

Call for applicants to the Intermodel Expressive Arts Therapy Course

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Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapies refers to the combined use of theater & storytelling, movement & dance, visual arts including photography, music, and creative writing/poetry together as…Continue

Call for Applicants for the International Summerschool 'Peace and Human Rights Education'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marloes van Houten Mar 20, 2011. 6 Replies

Call for applicants for the International Summerschool 'Peace and Human Rights Education'. 1-12 August 2011, The Netherlands.This year the summerschool will focus on:1) Examples of peace and human…Continue

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
After studying performing (dance/theatre) & visual arts, and management, I went abroad (canada) to work in a dance theatre. Later on, I started to use creative media to work on development issues (in romania, hongary, albania mexico). Back in the Netherlands, I worked at a crisis/care take centre for children and women.

Since these work experiences were quite practical and performed at local level, a more strategic developmental focus appealed to me. A BA Development Studies (University of Utrecht) and a Research Msc. Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies helped me to gain understanding in the global dimension of development problems. During my study and research conducted (Brasil, the Netherlands and Nepal), I committed myself to the following development topics: environment, gender and conflict transformation. For my msc. research I went to Nepal to look at the conflict impact on social structures in the Mid-Western Hill communities.

After her studies, in 2008, I worked as a Junior Lecturer Conflict and Development International Development and Conflict Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2008 I also got involved with UNOY Peacebuilders and served first as a board member and from February 2009 till November 2010 as a Program Coordinator. Part of my responsibilities were to coordinate UNOY’s Africa and Asia programme and its Dutch Capacity Building Programme.

Since December 2010 I works as a research fellow for the International Institute for Asians Studies (IIAS, see and as a coordinator & sport instructor for Health Centre Lunetten (see
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Canada (British Columbia)
Eastern Europe (Albania/Romania/Hongary),
South-asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh)
The Netherlands
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
The Netherlands
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Coordinator and sport instructor @ Health Centre Lunetten
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Culture, Development, Gender, Sports for Development, Youth, Peacebuilding
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Training, Intervention
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Research topic 1) Conflict Impact, Social Capital and Resilience in the local communities of Nepal’s Mid-Western Hills.

Research topic 2) Culture (sports, arts and rituals) and its role in trauma healing processes (on the individual level) and reconciliation of groups.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications

1) M. van Houten ed. (2011) Good Practice Publication. Youth Advocacy in Africa, for a Culture of Peace. A hands-on toolkit published by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, December 2010. The toolkit will soon be available at

2) Vriens, L.J.A. and M. van Houten (forth coming, Jan 2011), ‘A Peace Education Experiment: Lessons drawn from five years of International Summerschool on the Education of Peace and Human Rights’. In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice

3) M. van Houten (2009), ‘Veiligheids- en ethische uitdagingen die studenten kunnen tegenkomen tijdens hun veldwerk’, In: UVA Nieuwskrant Geografie, Planologie en Internationale Ontwikkelingstudies, Spring No. 15 ‘Mobiliteit’, pp 16.

4) A. Heller & M. van Houten (2009), ‘Maoisten Plaag voor Indiaanse Regering’, In: het Nederlands Dagblad, 5 May 2009, pp 8.

5) Houten, M. van (May 2009), ‘Civil War, Aid and the Resilient capacity of the local communities in the CPN-Maoist heartland of Nepal’. In: Puzzling complexity: aid in Nepal in the midst of the Maoist revolt (edited volume), the volume has been submitted to SAGE India. A draft version of the paper was presented in the World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, February 2009, Groningen.

6) Marloes van Houten, Mike O'Brien & Esther Westra, Dutch NGO Development Practitioner Experiences with Organizational Learning. Inspiring stories of the application of Appreciative Inquiry as a learning tool. In partnership with PSO, and the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, first version June 2007, revised version November 2008. Download the report at


1) December 2009, MA National Thesis Award of the International Institute of Asian Studies for my research master thesis ‘Nepal’s Civil War and its Impact. Conflict Impact, Social Capital and Resilient Institutions In the CPN-M Maoist Heartland Communities of Nepal’. The prize concerns a scholarship. See

2) September 2009, Nominated for the ‘Visions on Peace’ thesis prize of IKV Pax Christi and Stichting Vredeswetenschappen. See

3) 1992, Young Writers Contest Award for an essay on the effects of people’s living environment on their overall well being and health.

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At 1:26am on September 7, 2011, Paudyal, Dhruba P. said…

Dear Ms Marloes

Going through your profile, I noticed that you've done an intensive research on Maoist movement of Nepal. Thus, it is not necessary for you (Sun) to show a candle. I've interest in participating your peace and human rights education programme to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I applied for the course but I also request you for a scholarship to attend the programme. Could you please guide me whom to send the CV. Presently I am working in the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Nepal and involved in the execution of Model village/Peace Village safety nets and similar programs in various hardest hit areas (e.g. Khara, Rukum).


At 12:23pm on September 6, 2011, Paudyal, Dhruba P. said…

Dear Ms Marloes

Thank you very much for accepting the request for being a peace friend. Like other friends I have interest in applying for your summer school. However, I got confused with the date. Is it a Jan 2011 to Dec 2011? Could you please specify? and is Nepal eligible for scholarship which shall be the only means for participation?

At 12:21am on August 27, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Goedemorgen Marloes,


The only way to get rid of it is to send a message to Craig and ask him to delete it. You can add him to your friends or try doing it through the <contact> button in the top menu. 

I had the same with an event I am co-hosting - the event shifted dates due to elections here in Thailand when we originally planned the event.


In case your interesting and given your line of work you might; I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) not-for-profit event; "The Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit - From Talk To Action", taking place in Bangkok 2 - 4 December 2011, which brings together mediation and ADR specialists from various fields; including family mediation, commercial and workplace mediation, court-annexed mediation, conflict and community mediation, climate change and disaster response mediation and various cross-sectional themes, like for example human rights, cross-cultural dynamics and women in mediation.

Do have a look at my profile and the Mediation Summit's link ( and feel free to email me or send me a message when having any questions regarding participation.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Dennis Bours

At 3:04am on August 24, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Hoi Marloes;


Ik keek net naar je event, en ik wilde je even tippen dat de data van je event niet overeen komen met wat je in de tekst zegt (8 jan 2011 - 8 december 2011)... Mensen zoeken vaak op specieke data en het lijkt nu alsof je een 1-jarig programma hebt.



Dennis Bours

At 12:45am on June 15, 2011, Marvin Kandindima said…
I looked at your rich profile with admiration at your achievements. Please find room for me to participate in the Summer School for Peace and Human Rights Education. I am very much interested in attending because my organisation is looking for such opportunities for networking and training. I also wish to make friends, I believe there is a lot I can learn from your experience for the good of my organisation, the Forum for Peace Zambia.
Kind regards
At 8:34am on March 23, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Marloes,

Nice to visit your profile here. We can share experience here.

In Peace.

At 12:00pm on July 31, 2008, shyam tosawad said…
Dear Marloes
by the art &psychosocial therapyin post conflict areas,it is agreat work,thanks for doing this deffinatly it will bring peace in world
At 8:54am on July 21, 2008, yakov said…
My Dear Friend! I would like your opinion about interreligios conflicts. I ask for give me answers shortest on the next questions:
1) What Inter-religious conflicts are there and what are the trend of development of modern religious?
2) How do technologies of inter-religious conflict make-decision?
3) Is there Inter-religious conflict as social group conflict?
4) How can mediate in the Inter-religious conflict?
5) How can range religious conflicts?
6) What is the role of religious prejudices in the onset of religious conflict?
7) What are the origins of social conflicts?
8) What are more significant technologies of religious conflict make-decision?
9) How can range strategies of religious conflict make-decision?
10) What are forms of religious organizations?
11) What is role of religious in the modern society?
12) What place the religious take among the basic social Institutes?
Thanks a lot for your attention and answers. Sincerely yours, Yakov
At 3:25am on July 17, 2008, Waheed Ahmad said…

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Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.

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Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

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Difficult is to refrain the tongue

Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...

Easy is to forgive others
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness

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Difficult is to fight for a dream...

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Difficult is to improve oneself...

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At 3:34pm on July 15, 2008, Yadab Bastola said…
Hi Marlose
It is really glad to see you on this Network and so happy to hear about you are writing the article on Nepali conflict. I hope you had have great experiences about Nepali conflict am also from the western hilly region and I worked almost 4 year in that region with many Human rights and civil society organization on Peace building and community development It would be nice to keep in touch with you.
Hope see you on next mail.

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