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

What if many current conflicts in the world were connected to individual not-healed wounds?

“To heal the unhealed is the raison d’être of our Institute for Healing of Memories, so that the victims are not transformed in perpetrators.”

Michael Lapsley, 2016 Public Peace Prize winner in the category Global Peace and Reconciliation internationally-reputed peacemaker, deserved a commemorative plaque on October 6, 2016, in Montreal.

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Photo : Gilles Pilette

The presentation was made by Brian Bronfman, cofounder of Grant Peacemakers Network and Outils de paix network, as the organizers and financial partners of the Centre de services de justice réparatrice welcome Michael Lapsley who will facilitate the first workshop in Canada offered by the Institute for Healing of Memories based in Capetown, South Africa.

 Peace message delivered by Michael Lapsley to all people who supported his nomination

Thank you for the honour you have bestowed upon me. I am humbled by this acknowledgment of the work I do with my colleagues in the Institute for Healing of Memories.

In our Institute for Healing of Memories, we say that all people have a story to tell, and every story needs a listener.Whenever we are able to listen with compassionate hearts to one another, we find that it is our shared pain that connects us. 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 is a priest from South Africa who works with victims as well as authors of apartheid and other forms of repression and exclusion, and is publicly recognized for his disarming strength that has transformed wounds into powerful healing and reconciliation. He is visiting Montreal to offer a worship using his approach for healing memories.

Read more:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/michael-lapsley/

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It is time to nominate people or initiatives for the 2017 Public Peace Prize!

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The Public Peace Prize is a citizens’ initiative without borders. Its sole goal is to make better known as many peacemakers and peace initiatives as possible.

Read more:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/how-to-nominate-a-new-candidate/