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/

Suzanne Loiselle – Nominated!

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The nomination for Suzanne Loiselle was proposed by Raymonde Maisonneuve and was endorsed by ten different people. Suzanne Loiselle is therefore officially a candidate for the 2016 Public Peace Prize.

To support the nomination for
Suzanne Loiselle

Share supportive comments:
On the website;
https://publicpeaceprize.org/suzanne-loiselle/
By email at contact@publicpeaceprize.org
On the Facebook page;
https://www.facebook.com/publicpeaceprize.prixpublicpaix
Or at the bottom of this article.

Each comment posted on Facebook or on the website will be worth three “votes” for this candidate.

The reputation of this woman from Quebec goes far beyond the framework of the organization L’Entraide missionnaire, which she has directed in Montreal for the past thirty years. Suzanne Loiselle has forged fast ties with a vast network of international cooperation agencies. The many struggles for peace and human rights which she has supported have taken her to Iraq with a Quebec delegation headed by Objection de conscience organisation. Her actions and forceful public statements reveal her strong bond with oppressed populations.

To find out more about Suzanne Loiselle and to read the comments supporting the nomination go to:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/suzanne-loiselle/

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La candidatura de Suzanne Loiselle fue propuesta por Raymonde Maisonneuve y apoyada por une decena de personas. Suzanne Loiselle es entonces oficialmente seleccionada al Premio del Público por la Paz 2016.

Para apoyar la candidatura de Suzanne Loiselle:

Escriba un comentario de apoyo …
en la página del perfil:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/suzanne-loiselle-esp/
por correo: contact@publicpeaceprize.org
en la página de Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/publicpeaceprize.prixpublicpaix
o abajo de este artículo

Cada comentario de apoyo publicado en Facebbok o en el sitio contará por tres «votos» a su favor.

Michael Lapsley – Nominated!

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The nomination for Michael Lapsley was proposed by the Centre for Services in Restorative Justice and was endorsed by ten different people. Michael Lapsley is therefore officially a candidate for the 2016 Public Peace Prize.

To support the nomination for
Michael Lapsley

Share supportive comments:
On the website;
https://publicpeaceprize.org/michael-lapsley/
By email at contact@publicpeaceprize.org
On the Facebook page;
https://www.facebook.com/publicpeaceprize.prixpublicpaix
Or at the bottom of this article.

Each comment posted on Facebook or on the website will be worth three “votes” for this candidate.

Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest born in New Zealand, was sent to South Africa at age 24. There he discovered the terrible reality that was Apartheid. Because of the death threats he received, he went into exile in Lesotho and later in Zimbabwe. In that country, on April 28, 1990, he lost both hands, an eardrum and an eye in a parcel-bomb attack. From that time, he was forced to live with a severe handicap – with hooks instead of hands and in need of assistance on a daily basis. Now at 65, he travels the world as an agent of reconciliation and peace. He facilitates healing memories workshops among inmates, refugees and the sick in numerous countries on every continent. His experience enables him to relate to those most wounded. Never one to be prone to discouragement, he managed to extricate himself from his ordeal with a strength which stemmed from humility and compassion.

To find out more about Michael Lapsley and to read the comments supporting the nomination go to:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/michael-lapsley/

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La candidatura de Michael Lapsley fue propuesta por Centre for Services in Restorative Justice y apoyada por une decena de personas. Michael Lapsley es entonces oficialmente seleccionado al Premio del Público por la Paz 2016.
https://publicpeaceprize.org/michael-lapsley-esp/

Para apoyar la candidatura de Michael Lapsley :

Escriba un comentario de apoyo …
en la página del perfil:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/michael-lapsley-esp/
por correo: contact@publicpeaceprize.org
en la página de Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/publicpeaceprize.prixpublicpaix
o abajo de este artículo

Cada comentario de apoyo publicado en Facebbok o en el sitio contará por tres «votos» a su favor.

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It’s already time to nominate candidates for 2016!

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The nomination period for the 2016 edition of the Public Peace Prize is now open until May 30th, 2015. You can already be on the lookout for people or groups who are building community, weaving connections in populations facing conflict, promoting peace education and fostering a culture of peace. A maximum of only 24 finalists will be accepted for the 2016 competition, so send your nominations in as soon as possible!

Read all the details on the website :
https://publicpeaceprize.org/how-to-nominate-a-new-candidate/

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https://publicpeaceprize.org/es-el-momento-de-nominar-los-candidatos-para-2016/