Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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2. Other events

Sarah Bern selfdetermination okt2014

From 9 to 11 October 2014 the Department of Geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland hosted a conference on self-determination in Europe focusing on the contemporary challenges in multinational states . Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan had the chance to participate and collaborate with colleagues from the European Centre for Minority Issues as a chair and discussant in a panel on self-determination discourses in Eastern Europe. Sarah also presented her research on multi-level governance and the accommodation of autonomies within the EU and the Nordic Council/Council of Ministers in a panel discussing models for the accommodation of self-determination claims.

On June 12-15 four of the staff members of the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅÌPI), Justina Donielaite, Malin Söderberg, Cecilia Brenner and Liselott Lindén took part in the Nordic Forum in Malmö - New Action on Women’s Rights. The overall goal has been to gain new knowledge in the field of strategies and best practices of promoting human rights and equality, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming in youth activities and prevention of gender based violence.

Project manager Justina Donielaite was interviewed by NIKK about the experiences and lessons learned from the Nordic Forum. Watch the interview below. 

Ida 3On October 9 to 12 mediation officer Ida Persson visited mediation offices in Turku and Ekenäs to become acquainted with mediation activities in mainland Finland. Ida met with Pia Slögs who is responsible for the Uusimaa mediation office and with Daniela Sundell, who is a mediation advisor in Turku, at the Southwest Finland mediation agency. Ida gained insights into how mediation activities are conducted at two large mediation agencies and she also gained an understanding of their work practices and approaches.  

In Finland, mediation agencies in recent years have been merged and there are now 18 major agencies, compared to previous 25. All mediation agencies in their turn have branches in major cities. It is also possible to arrange mediation meetings in smaller towns without its own mediation agency.

The Southwest Finland mediation office in Turku has4 four full-time employees, one leading mediation advisor and three mediation advisors. The Åland mediation Office has one half-time employee. On the mainland the volontary mediators mediate many cases per year on a regular basis, one mediator may have 10 to 15 cases per year, compared to about 3-5 cases on Åland.

Sarah summer school 2013Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan participated between 24 June and 5 July in a summer school on Human Rights, minorities and diversity management at the European Academy in Bozen/Bolzano (Eurac). Sarah had the chance to briefly describe her impressions for latest newsletter of the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac, which you may find here.

 

 

1014180_683887851640570_1082524974_nFrom the 29th of July until 2nd of August the Manager of the Mediation Office Linda Johansson participated in the summer school ”Restorative justice in intercultural settings: business as usual?” that was arranged by the European Forum for Restorative Justice in cooperation with the Institute for the sociology of law and criminology (IRKS), the research project ”Alternative” and the European Commission in Vienna.

The participation was made possible with support from Grundtvig workshops for adults, through the European Commission’s “Program for lifelong learning”.

During the summer school the participants took part in discussions and role plays concerning intercultural connections to restorative justice and mediation. Study visits were made to local organisations that are active in intercultural environments and with conflict resolution. During the last day of the summer school the participants learnt about the “Alternative” project that includes research on practical experiences on intercultural conflicts, including Roma in Hungary.

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