Key Stage 3 – Peace in Northern Ireland
Unit 17: Divided Ireland – why has it been so hard to achieve peace in Ireland?
Objectives: Children should learn that peace movements
were initiated from a variety of sources. Children should learn about the outcomes of the different peace movements.
Outcomes: Children demonstrate an understanding of the key events in Northern Ireland 1968-98. Children demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for, and the outcomes of, a range of peace movements.
Activities: Explain to the children that there were a number of peace movements in Northern Ireland after 1968, including significant women’s peace movements. Watch the speech given by Monica McWilliams, and use it to discuss structures for answers to the questions: ‘Why has it been so hard to achieve peace in Ireland?’ or, ‘How has the Women’s Coalition for Northern Ireland helped to achieve peace in Ireland?’
(Monica McWilliams is the Chief Commissioner for Northern Ireland’s Human Rights Commission).
From Peace Talks to Gender Justice
Points in the Speech:
8 minutes – Breaking the Curfew – Story of the 3000 women who, in 1970, broke down the barricade to get aid to people subjected to a curfew by the British Army.
10 minutes – Women Lead a Civil Rights March – Story of the march organised and lead by women a week after Bloody Sunday.
20 minutes – Women Against Violence – Story of how organisations like WAVE came about.
25 minutes – Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition – Story of how women began to organise politically in order to enter the peace process.
30 minutes – Male politicians and the media react to the Women’s Coalition for Northern Ireland’s political candidates.
37 minutes – World Leaders and the US show support for Women’s Coalition.
50 Minutes –Lessons learned.