Liz O’Donnell: Respecting dignity is key to ending conflict
There is a timely visitor to our shores this week. Dr Donna Hicks is a Harvard academic and conflict resolution professional on a week-long visit North and South, sponsored by the Irish Institute at Boston College and the US State Department. Her schedule in Dublin includes a seminar in DCU on 'Alternatives to Political Violence' and a meeting with some TDs and senators in Leinster House.
Her thesis and the subject of her recent book, 'A Matter of Dignity', makes the compelling case that "dignity violations" create alienation, separation and aggression in all forms of discord, from wars to family or boardroom disputes.
Having worked in conflict situations for over 20 years all over the world, she identifies dignity as key to avoiding and resolving conflict. In Belfast she will meet senior politicians, the PSNI and community activists.