2006 Peace Writers
Jackee Batanda was born and raised in Uganda and attended Makerere University in Kampala, receiving an undergraduate degree in communication skills and French. She is a graduate student in forced migration studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. As a freelance journalist, Batanda published articles in the two daily newspapers in Uganda, New Vision and The Monitor. She was the general secretary of the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) and her work has been published in numerous countries. BBC 3 commissioned her short story, “Aciro’s Song,” set in an internally displaced peoples’ camp in northern Uganda. Batanda’s children’s book, The Blue Marble, was published by UNESCO-Paris, and her short story “City Link,” was adapted onto the stage and performed at the Fair Trade Campaign in London. Prior to her graduate studies, Batanda was writer-in-residence at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Updated 9/11 - Batanda was named the 2011-12 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow of the International Women's Media Foundation. During the fellowship she will study at MIT's Center for International Studies and have access to the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Updated 12/10 - Batanda was given the Young Achievers Award, which recognizes excellence and innovation among Ugandan citizens aged 18 to 35. The award is given by the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Tetea Uganda, and was presented this year by President Yoweri Museveni.
Updated 6/10 - Batanda joined the Refugee Law Project of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University as a communications officer in 2007, after completing of her M.A. in forced migration studies. In 2008, she was selected for a six-week research fellowship at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, where she published "The Role of Civil Society in Advocating for Transitional Justice in Uganda." In January 2010, Batanda was appointed senior communications officer at the Refugee Law Project. She continues to write and publish, and has recent works appearing in acclaimed journals such as The Literary Review and Wasafiri, among others. She was awarded a one-month residency with the Housing Authors & Literature Denmark in July and August 2010 to work on her novel A Lesson in Forgetting. Batanda was also recently made a freelance reporter for the Global Press Institute's Global News Wire.
Heather Farrell graduated with honors from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in peace studies. In 2005, she completed an intensive graduate course in Peace Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. As a student at McMaster, Farrell was a teaching assistant and a coordinator of the Refugee Sponsorship Program for the World University Service of Canada. She organized the annual Gandhi Peace Festival held at Hamilton City Hall and was a keynote speaker and facilitator at the Fourth Peace Education Conference, where she presented a paper entitled “E-Learning: Experiences Developing Online Learning Tools for Peace Education.” In addition, she co-wrote an online textbook on peacebuilding in the health sector, an emerging field in peace studies. Farrell is a co-facilitator of employment empowerment workshops for immigrant and refugee women at St. Joseph Immigrant Women’s Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Updated 6/10 - Farrell is a graduate student in speech-language pathology at the University of Toronto.
Susan Van Schoonhoven was born in Washington, D.C. and relocated to Oregon for her undergraduate studies, receiving her bachelor’s degree in theory and application of mass media, theater and multimedia. She has lived and worked in Japan and Germany and traveled throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. Van Schoonhoven graduated with a master's degree in conflict transformation from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt. During her work with the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Summer Institute, she initiated the documentation of the experiences of a number of peace workers, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on their past work and future goals. The theme of her most recent work is the empowerment of women and children from around the world. Van Schoonhoven is deeply dedicated to the process of transformation of conflict and human rights and to advancing women’s roles in these fields.
Tragically, Van Schoonhoven passed away on Feb. 27, 2008.
Reflections by IPJ staff, peacemakers and peace writers
Eulogy by Emi Noma
"Is Peace Possible? Women PeaceMakers in Action" - co-written by Van Schoonhoven