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Name: Priscilla Dionio-Valmonte, widow since 1988, Female, Birthdate: April 30, 1941 of Zamboanga City, Philippines. Spouse: Henry Lagasca Valmonte, of Bacnotan, La Union, a lawyer by profession.
BSPsychology graduate from the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila in 1962
Completed Academic Reguirements for a Masteral degree in Psychology; Completed a two-summer program on Retreat Direction offered by the Jesuits
Work Experiences (Both as Volunteers and as salaried)
-Executive Secretary - Peace Advocates Zamboanga (1997-2005)
-Guidance Directors - College Guidance Office , Ateneo de Zamboanga (1989-1995)
-Retreat Facilitator on call - EUNTES Asian Center on Mission Formation for priests, religious and Catechist of Asia ( a 10 month Formation Program_
-Resource Person for the Lay Formation Center of the Archdiocese on the Spirituality and Mission of the Laity ( a 9 month Formation Program)
-Executive Director - Silsilah Dialogue Movement (1984-1989)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
-Spiritual Formation Work for the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites -regions where there are existing OCDS communities.
-FAcilitator & Resource Person: Interreligious Dialogue - Zamboanga City and neighboring areas
-Facilitator & Resource Person: Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace -Archdiocesan-wide (Zamboanga City)
-FAcilitator & Resource Person: Seminar-wrkshop on the Culture of Peace - REgion IX
-FAcilitator & REsource Person: Conflict Management & Peacebuilding-
Zamboanga City, Region IX & Military Camp in Shariff Kabunsuan (Central Mindanao)
-Counseling-Psychologist - Zamboanga City
Various exposure to seminars, workshops and mobilization work on Peace Advocacy.
-Heads the Zamboanga Life Care Services, Inc. , a service provider non-government organization that works for the empowerment of the marginalized through Capacity building seminar-workshops; values Formation and psycho-spiritual seminars; Chairs the ABSNET (Area Standard Network) composed of some 40 more or less non-government , peoples' organization and other civil society groups that are engaged in welfare services; Lead Convenor of the newly=formed Bangsamoro Consortium, a civil society group composed of Peace and development Communities; Muslim-Christian Group; Farmers, and other groups.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Training seminars on Uplifting the Morale of Persons through personal empowerment.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
I'm a MA student studying Conflict Resolution, and I'm currently conducting research on women world leaders, including Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Corazon Aquino. With your background, I was wondering if you would be willing to help me and recommended some readings or sources about the aforementioned topic. If so, would you be open to sharing them with me? Thank you very much in advance!
Thanks for your comments. As with all academic programs you need to apply to be considered for a fellowship. See the scholarships section on this site as I put a lot of resources there, and also the Guide to MA and Ph.D. Programs.
The Rift Valley is a geographical fault line that runs through Kenya.
But it is also the centre of a political and ethnic divide.
So it is no coincidence, historians and academics say, that Rift Valley towns like Nakuru and Naivasha have exploded in the wake of Kenya's disputed elections.
They say that while the dispute over the elections is clearly political - with the opposition and some independent observers accusing the government of having rigged the polls - the root cause of some of the violence is hunger for fertile land.
And they add that land hunger is inevitably expressed, in poor communities, through ethnicity or tribe.
A Nairobi-based academic, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Rift Valley was dominated, before the advent of large scale commercial farming in Africa, by ethnic Masaai herders and Kalenjin people.
"The Masaai were displaced from the late 19th Century onwards, at least from the more desirable land, by British settlers," the academic said.
The cooler and more fertile parts of the Rift were part of what became known as the "White Highlands" of Kenya.
Before they got out of the house, they met a crowd waiting for them
'People are killing each other'
"When independence came," the academic said, "the departing white farmers were replaced not by Masaai, but to a large extent by politically well-connected Kikuyus."
This displacement - or more accurately the historic resentment that politicians can extract from it - is part of the root of today's violence.
The Kikuyu are the largest and most economically-dominant ethnic group in Kenya. They organised most successfully against the British (in the Mau Mau rebellion and later through elections) so they won the first fruits of independence.
They have been at the heart of the violence in Rift Valley towns like Naivasha and Nakuru - as both perpetrators and victims.
The incumbent government in Kenya is perceived by the opposition as being Kikuyu-dominated, so the current political dispute is fuel for the smouldering embers of a land dispute which has existed for decades.
But the Nairobi-based academic said it was far from being a simple matter of ethnicity.
"Focussing on the Kikuyu is easy," he said "but it's really about deep, long-running income inequalities in Kenya" - and a rapidly growing population which sees land ownership as a means of survival.
Rich and politically well-connected members of the Masaai community, he stressed, had benefited from land ownership in the Rift Valley as well as Kikuyus.
Politicians from all ethnic groups, the academic said, had been preparing the ground for trouble in the wake of the elections because they know that "land clashes", as they are known in Kenya, always flare up around polling time.
"There were peaks in land clash violence 1992/3, 1997 and 2001/2", he said, "all around election time."
Here is the brief on Kenya's crisis from BBC :
Difficult tasks await Kenyan MPs
By Karen Allen
BBC News, Nairobi
It had all the pageantry and trappings of a state ceremony.
The two leaders agreed the power-sharing deal last week
The national anthem, the guard of honour, the ceremonial dress - but this was a unique opening of parliament.
Kenya's lawmakers are under the spotlight in a way never seen before.
Kenyans still stunned by post-election violence are vesting their trust in leaders in a country where in the recent past, they have been badly let down.
More than half of the members of parliament are newcomers and they will be expected to hit the ground running, to turn up to vote and pave the way for a historic coalition.
A coalition aimed at restoring unity to what the president described as "one Kenya".
It was a week to the day that a power-sharing deal had been agreed between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
They shook hands in the presence of the world's media, flanked by Kofi Annan and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.
The new parliament began with two minutes of silence
In pictures: Parliament opens
Q&A: Power-sharing pact
'Too soon to celebrate'
That was just the start of a process. In the coming weeks lawmakers will be expected to enact legislation that will amend the constitution and allow a grand coalition to be formed.
They then have to try to "sell" the idea of power sharing to their constituents, among them people who are now homeless or who have lost loved ones in the violence.
There are still potential stumbling blocks ahead - in particular, how power will be shared and how cabinet posts and other senior positions will be allocated.
But for Thursday's ceremony the tone was conciliatory and upbeat.
After a two minute silence - first for parliamentarians killed in post-election violence and then for "ordinary" Kenyans who lost their lives, President Kibaki rose to his feet.
In a 30-minute speech he stressed the need for last week's peace accord to be quickly enacted into law, but warned that it would require "goodwill, unity, good faith and integrity" of Kenya's lawmakers.
This country is emerging from one of the darkest periods of its history and the coming weeks will be a real test of the commitment of all sides to a durable peace.
Some 1,500 people died in unrest after disputed poll results
Kenyans will be forced to confront some awkward realities with the establishment of a truth, justice and reconciliation commission to investigate past injustices and violence blamed on supporters on all sides of the political fence.
They will also be forced to compromise.
There are concerns that a grand coalition will rob Kenyans of a real opposition.
This has effectively been a deal between two political blocks - those supporting President Kibaki's PNU and those backing Raila Odinga's ODM.
Earlier in the day, diplomats insisted the onus would be on the media to help keep the government in check.
But what is clear is that this could be the start of a new pragmatism in Kenyan politics. A chance for a new breed of politician to shine, putting aside a past where winner takes all.
Thanks James for your invitation to view the Global Peacebuilders online. I think this is one of the best opportunities I will have to be able to access to some funding institutions as this is one of our setbacks in my peacebuilding initiatives with the military.
You may already know about it, but just in case it’s something that would benefit you…
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Thanks for joining the site and for your comments. I do agree that there are many organizations and individuals who we may not think of as partners who can actually be extremely important allies. This can include business, police, military actors and more. Of course the context is different in each region and thus there is no magic recipe for how to get groups involved. But if one of the goals of peacebuilding is to build more inclusive processes to help address, resolve and prevent conflicted situations, then security actors are an important component. There are some wonderful examples from the US and other societies of working with police to increase their contacts with communities (and provide conflict resolution training). The military in many cases is also increasing training in conflict resolution related issues and this is particularly important for peacekeeping and peace enforcement type missions.
Perhaps you can share more on the site about your work in Mindanao and lessons we can learn for other situations?
Hi Ms. Priscilla,
Welcome to Peace and collaborative development Network. I am happy to know you. We are from the same situation where Mindanao until now is till in conflict. I am Tabrani Yunis, from Aceh Indonesia. I believe that you are rich of experiences living in conflict area. We learn a lot from the conflict in Mindanao.
Nice to share with you
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