It’s time to offer our support/vote for the Public Peace Prize finalists

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Important:  each day we will publish the profile of one category and the finalists falling under it on our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. The quality and the quantity of support received during the three days following the publication date will determine the choice of laureates for the 2017 Public Peace Prize.

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Everyone is invited to support the finalists of their choice using the following supportive actions:

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

The initiatives or candidates who receive a significant amount of support in their category will be proclaimed the laureate of this category.   The PPP team reserves the right to create categories in line with the candidatures proposed in order to maximise the recognition of the diversity of actions for peace.

Your support is important!

The Public Peace Prize is not a cash prize but a prize of public recognition. Your signs of appreciation and support are decisive to help make the finalists better known and to contribute to their visibility around the world.

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

New propositions for the Public Peace Prize

New propositions of candidates will be automatically signed up for the 2018 edition of the Public Peace Prize.

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Peacemakers defending linguistic minorities” and “Public initiatives for reconciliation, social transformation and peace” categories!

ZUBAIR TORWALI

zubair-torwali-ppp-2017-enZubair Torwali lives in Bahrain, in the Swat Valley of northern Pakistan, and is a social, cultural, civil society and human rights activist, author, journalist, researcher, and the most powerful voice for the rights of all the marginalized linguistic communities of his region. He has been justly called “The voice of the unheard”. In 2007, he founded the Institute for Education and Development to work to give an identity to the ethnic minorities such as the Torwali, Gawri, Gujars and others. Eight years ago the Torwali people didn’t know who they were. He began to write “Torwali” as his family name and since then over 1200 youth began writing Torwali with their names, a move which has given immense confidence to this indigenous people, who are no longer ashamed of their unique identity, but rather feel pride in it. Through his writings and media engagements, Zubair Torwali has made the Torwali community known both within Pakistan and internationally.

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/zubair-torwali/

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INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

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International Men’s Day is a global initiative inaugurated in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999 to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices that men make to families, to nations, and to the world. It has since been observed in over 80 nations around the world.

The focus of International Men’s Day is not restricted to men, but includes boys, women, teenagers and children. The underlying message is that ongoing conflict among men, women and children must cease and the healing must begin. The observances of International Men’s Day are part of a global non-violent revolution. It is annually observed by persons who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scars and seemingly irreparable troubled minds, seek solutions to social problems, help the dysfunctional, promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals. Such developments are badly needed in today’s wounded communities which reflect distorted and outdated beliefs and constant clashes among men, women and children which unravel the fabric of the family and society.

Annual themes of International Men’s Day have focused on health, gender relations and fatherhood. Also discussed are themes relating to gender inequality, religion, class, violence, ethnicity, poverty, environmental protection and nationalism.

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/international-mens-day/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Peace and nonviolence initiatives through education and medias” category

PAZABORDO

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In the south of Barranquilla, the fourth biggest city in Colombia, a youth group started a citizen’s initiative made up of 15 youth  named Pazabordo, in order to participate  in rebuilding peace in their communities through radio. Having received financial help from the minister of culture, Pazabordo was able to use this financial contribution to delivered a series of ten programs on community radio in the southern area of Barranquilla between September and December 2016. These programs allowed the youth to tell their stories and share their peace projects. Thanks to this citizen’s initiative the students had the opportunity to prepare the content and deliver radio shows. Pazabordo is above all an invitation to participate in the peace process, successfully created and managed by youth.

Read more + Español:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/pazabordo/

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“CRECIENDO EN AMOR” – FUNDACIÓN PIES DESCALZOS

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Creciendo en Amor works with the intention of giving tools to parents and guiding them about the evolution and the development of their children – including physical, emotional, social, intellectual and creative aspects – tools that will improve communication mutual understanding. “Creciendo en Amor” (in English, Growing in love) is program run by the non-profit organization Fundacion Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation) founded in 1997 by the well-known Colombian singer Shakira. It’s mission is to help children in vulnerable situations based on a model that places school at the centre of community development. This program can be reproduced in any part of the country, and truly promotes peace through education and being good neighbors.

Read more + Español:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/creciendo-en-amor/

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THE EYE NEWSPAPER

the-eye-newspaper-ppp-enThe Eye Newspaper was nominated for its promotion of democratic tolerance in communities of Donga Mantung in the North West Region of Cameroon. After the 2013 municipal and legislative elections, homes, marriages and families were shattered. Politics was transformed into an instrument of destruction and uncertain peace, fighting erupted during campaigns, court cases were opened, and thousands of citizens were not on speaking terms with others of different political opinions. The Eye Newspaper set up an awards program to encourage political and democratic tolerance, and to rebuild mutual co-existence. Families that displayed the principles of democracy were rewarded and distinguished for their efforts to promote political tolerance.

Read more:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/the-eye-newspaper/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Stay connected,
the profiles of other finalists will be published in the coming days.

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Peacemakers committed to nonviolence and reconciliation” category

TIMOTHY MICHAEL ADEPOJU

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Timothy Michael Adepoju is a dedicated peace activist whose day-to-day life demonstrates his belief that “peace is possible In Nigeria”. His passion to engage in service to humanity was sparked in February of 2006 when he witnessed the killing of his mother, brother and sister during a religious crisis in the northern part of the country. The Triade Peace Foundation has since been formed (TRIADE means trio of Adepojus’ murdered) as an organization to promote love, forgiveness and tolerance, irrespective of religion, beliefs, tribe, culture and ethnicity…

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/timothy-michael-adepoju/

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PATRICK TOCKO MALOUM

patrick-tocko-maloum-ppp-2017-enPatrick Tocko Maloum is an expert in international conflict resolution and in the fight against violent extremism.  He has worked in the Central African Republic, in Côte-d’Ivoire, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo with civil society organisations and with UN missions to support conflict resolution, gender integration mediation, disarmament, demobilization and the reintegration of child soldiers. His work includes projects fighting against militarization of children, forced marriages of young girls and sexual violence against girls during and after war. For his role as National Coordinator of a UN network of youth leaders in Cameroon (Réseau des Jeunes Leaders UN Cameroun), Patrick Maloum returned to help contain the migratory flow of refugees and to prevent regionalization of the conflict.

Read more:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/patrick-tocko-maloum/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Stay connected,
the profiles of other finalists will be published in the coming days.

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Mediators for reconciliation between groups and people divided by conflicts” category

AAGHAZ-E-DOSTI

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“Aaghaz-e-Dosti” (the literal meaning of which in Hindi/Urdu is ‘beginning of friendship’) is a citizen’s initiative that works against all odds to create havens of peace and friendship between the two traditionally rival communities (in India and Pakistan). They have been working at this relentlessly for the past four years. The team is comprised of students and young professionals, mostly women, from both sides of the border, who volunteer their time. Other chapters of this organization are present in many cities from both countries.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti is focused on citizen diplomacy and works primarily through peace education aimed at familiarising people about the ‘other‘; countering stereotypes of a homogenised and negative image of the other; educating on issues of conflict and the existence of diverse views…

Read more :
https://publicpeaceprize.org/aaghaz-e-dosti/

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SHEIKH ABDRAHMAN AL-MARWANI

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In a country where almost half the population is illiterate and there are an estimated three guns per person, Sheikh Al-Marwani uses both technology, workshops and theater-based awareness campaigns to get his anti-gun message across while proposing peace and tolerance. Sheikh Al-Marwani started his peace mission twenty years ago, when he established the Dar AL-Salam Organization, or the Peace House, in Yemen.

The growing culture of extremism and terrorism is the most dangerous problem causing widespread human rights violations, but this has not dissuaded the Sheikh from his mediation work for peace and social cohesion.

Read more:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/sheikh-abdrahman-al-marwani/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Stay connected,
the profiles of other finalists will be published in the coming days.

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Peacemakers committed to nonviolence and reconciliation” category

CORALINE PARMENTIER

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Coraline Parmentier is a 21 year old classical pianist who puts her talents to use in service of world peace, using her music to to help create harmony and understanding between peoples. Captivated by music from around the world, she wanted to bring the beauty of lesser-known music to others.  She hopes to encourage a deeper understanding of  others by using her explorations into ethnic classical music. Her life’s project is to play all the music of the world, principally the music of the oppressed, with the goal of opening the hearts of her audience to others.

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/coraline-parmentier/

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DAVID AND RENATE JAKUPCA

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David and Renate Jakupca founded The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) who supports research, information sharing, and effective action promoting a sustainable culture of peace.Examples of their projects include building an environmentally sustainable home and eco-museum  in Berea, creation of the World’s Children Peace Monumentand the “Great American Peace Trail”, a coast-to-coast trail of peace stones in city parks that seek to end violence in America’s youth. Dr. Renate Jakupca was presented the world’s first Doctorate in Environmental Arts and Peace Sciences. David Jakupca is officially credited with being the spiritual father of the environmental art movement…

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/david-and-renate-jakupca/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Stay connected,
the profiles of other finalists will be published in the coming days.

Offer your support to the finalists in the “Youth peace ambassadors” category

ELLIOT HILLARY DOGBE

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Elliot Hillary Dogbe is an eleven year-old boy who lives in the Volta region of Ghana. He is also the National Peace Ambassador. The Open Dove Children’s Foundation gave him an assignment that led him to become not only the voice of the foundation, but the voice of the children and of thousands of Ghanaians. In the past year he has delivered a large number of speeches on peace, harmony and societal issues, travelling to meet thousands of people from all over the region…

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/elliot-hillary-dogbe/

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KHAIRATUL SAIDU

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Khairatul Saidu is a 17 year old Nigerian Peace Activist who is fighting for the rights of inhumanly sentenced prisoners and youth empowerment. Khairatul’s activism was sparked when her parents were unjustly held in prison when she was only 12 years old, a period which caused her a lot of suffering. She has since engaged in a number of activities including hosting conferences in communities, creating an online arena for youth to share ideas…

Read more
https://publicpeaceprize.org/khairatul-saidu/

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How do we offer our support/vote for the finalists?

Each visit of a new visitor to the finalist’s profile page
each “Like” on our ads on Facebook or Twitter
= 1 support/vote

Sharing finalist’s ad on Facebook or “retweets” on Twitter
= 2 supports/votes

Comments of appreciation or encouragement
published on the website, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account,
or sent by email to contact@publicpeaceprize.org
= 3 supports/votes

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and please invite your family and friends to participate!

Stay connected,
the profiles of other finalists will be published in the coming days.

The 2017 edition of the Public Peace Prize is officially launched!

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It’s time to offer your support to peacemakers and peace initiatives around the world!

The Public Peace Prize is the only peace award in the world for which the candidates are proposed, nominated and supported simply by citizens of the world. This mark of recognition allows everyone to offer their appreciation for initiatives and for people, known or unknown, who are working for reconciliation, non-violence and mutual aid.

The period of public support, during which it will be possible to encourage and make better known the peacemakers and peace initiatives, runs from Monday January 9th to Friday, January 20th 2017.

Sign up on the website, “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the details, and invite your friends to participate!

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Excerpts from peace messages from 2016 Public Peace Prize Laureates

ppp-2016-0004“We are all subjected to unquestionable assumptions that rest security in higher walls and stronger fences, more sophisticated weapons, bigger prisons and fear of the “other.” But we who would be peacemakers are called to define security in a different way – as freedom from want, freedom from fear, solidarity and community. We are called to commit our lives to active nonviolence; to live simply; to act with courage for social justice.”

Marie Dennis

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ppp-2016-0008“A key element in peace making is the full acknowledgment of how people have been wronged, and the opportunity to be heard. To break the chain that turns victims into victimisers, there needs to be safe and sacred spaces where people have permission to express how they feel about what happened to them and begin to detoxify. Dealing with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of the past are equally as important components of peace building as political, economic and social.” transformation.

Michael Lapsley

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ppp-2016-0010“I was a child soldier.  I learned to see the other as an enemy and in order to survive and defend my own; I picked up a machine gun and bombs.  After that, I wanted to change the Earth for I had understood how we are manipulated to be at war.  Life brought me to the discovery that wars are being waged inside of us.  My work for peace is to bring each one of us to pause, and allow ourselves to see within ourselves the difference we can make today, to be at peace and to live in peace.”

Antoinette Layoun

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ppp-2016-0006“When it comes to peace I think the most important thing for me is to have people come together to celebrate life together as one.  I also think that it is time that people look beyond our differences not only to respect each other but to make sure that every human being has equal opportunity.  One of the things I try to put into practice is to live my life with a conscious mind, because I believe that peace itself starts from home and I think that it is everyone’s obligation to be part of the process.”

Narine Dat Sookram

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Read the peace messages from 2016 Public Peace Prize Laureates
https://publicpeaceprize.org/2016-peace-messages/

Mensajes de Paz de Los Laureados del Premio del Público por la Paz, edición 2016
https://publicpeaceprize.org/mensajes-de-paz-de-2016/