PeaceTalks with Sister Pauline Acayo

PeaceTalks with Sister Pauline Acayo

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms E/F

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




PeaceTalks with Sister Pauline Acayo
2005 Woman PeaceMaker and 2011 ACR Leadership Award
Trauma, Displaced Peoples, Religion and Peacebuilding

In collaboration with Catholic Relief Services

RSVPs are preferred at but all are welcome. 

As peacebuilding project officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Gulu, Uganda, Sister Pauline Acayo has helped over 2,000 formerly abducted children reintegrate into their communities through the use of mediation, psychosocial trauma counseling and traditional indigenous ceremonies. Through Acayo’s support of women peace committees in internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps and encouragement to participate in peace and reconciliation activities, women are gaining influential roles in northern Ugandan society. She trains women task forces and creates community forums for women to voice their views. These task forces also work in coordination with Acayo and CRS to promote reconciliation and forgiveness in communities torn apart by 20 years of war. 

Throughout 2006, Acayo was instrumental in ensuring free and fair election processes. She conducted civic education sessions and pushed for greater women’s representation in government. Acayo is also coordinating civil society efforts for peacebuilding in Uganda. With the initiation of peace talks in Juba, Sudan between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 2006, a large number of IDPs and refugees have returned home. Acayo is engaged with other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in educating the displaced communities on land rights and the land tenure system, hoping to alleviate and prevent land disputes as people return home.

With CRS and the Inter-Religious Council of Churches, Acayo coordinated a peace and reconciliation strategy workshop for senior religious leaders in Uganda and the Great Lakes region, effectively sending their voices to the Juba peace talks. Acayo was a Woman PeaceMaker at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice in 2005, and will be in San Diego to receive the 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution. 

Read more about Sister Pauline Acayo's residency as a 2005 Woman PeaceMaker at:


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