WORLD DAY OF THE BOY CHILD – Trinidad and Tobago

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Boy Child Protection Social Inclusion Initiative

Created under the International Men’s Day umbrella, “World Day of the Boy Child” was inaugurated in 2018 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.

There is a need to protect the boy child from the harmful influences of society. There is an urgent need to focus on the home and school in order to save the boy child. The boy child lives in a turbulent social environment that makes him vulnerable to a multitude of negative forces. If a boy child is neglected or fed a diet of hate and violence it is obvious he will develop into a teenager who is misguided and confused. And the next crucial transition into manhood will be even more difficult. Too many of our boys are invisible and forgotten. Each boy is important and in this race for life, nobody should be left behind.

The annual observances of World Day of the Boy Child, on May 16, serve as a platform for individuals, organizations, and institutions to improve the manner in which we protect our boys and reclaim our heritage.  Supporters of World Day of the Boy Child attempt to rewrite the narrative on strength and masculinity by equating strength with vulnerability. This persons work with key stakeholders with whom boys and adolescent young males would engage in discussions with educators, school administrators, law enforcement professionals, legal professionals, health care professionals and providers, social services professionals and providers, parents, legislators, business leaders, and Fatherhood and Men’s Issues advocates and practitioners.

The objectives of World Day of the Boy Child, on May 16, include supporting existing initiatives which have a successful track record of addressing and helping to reduce or eradicate critical issues like: Academic underperformance of boys and adolescent males, rising incidence of depression and suicide among boys and adolescent males, their recruitment and utilization as child soldiers. Also, underlying causes of poverty which lead to boys and adolescent males working full-time to support their families and not attending school, among others.

To achieve these objectives, the platform proposes different alternatives. First, the employment of male educators in Fatherless household communities. Second, Design and implement of both, a Literacy Initiative and “male-inclusive” curricula. Third, offer emotional, psychological and essential decision-making tools. This includes implement in their curricula a mandatory anger management and conflicts resolution training.

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Zakaria El Hamel- Morocco

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Young Dedicated Human Rights and Peace Activist

Mr Zakaria El Hamel as a dedicated Human rights and Peace Activist in Morocco, is encouraging a new Generation to stand up for peace and human rights in turbulent Arabic World.

Zakaria El Hamel, 36 years old, is so important for Morocco: for almost two decades, Zakaria has dedicated himself to creating a culture of tolerance and understanding by instilling an awareness and appreciation of human rights. Born in the city of Berkane in northwestern Morocco, Zakaria was introduced to equality and religious diversity at a very early age. He studied law in university, and in 2005 he founded ‘‘Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures’’ in Oujda, where he now lives.

As the President of youth for Peace and Dialogue, Zakaria began to meet and collaborate with national and international active human rights groups to promote intercultural action. In August 2010, he took part in the Youth Summit for Human Rights International (YHRI) at the United Nations in Geneva as the Youth Delegate from Morocco. This event gave him a new inspiration in the following years to help protect the country from the growing threat of fanaticism in nearby lands by promoting all human rights, including freedom of religion and expression.

Zakaria reached further for even more help: Working alongside religious leaders from the Catholic, Islamic, Christian and Methodist faiths, Zakaria next staged an interfaith event in the Saint Louis Church in Oujda. This celebrated ‘‘World    Interfaith Harmony Week’’- a United Nations initiative to increase peace, tolerance and mutual understanding between different faiths.

With the contribution of different organizations, he has promoted human rights, respect for freedom of expression, thought and belief, through workshops and conferences. With his message he has reached street vendors, children, young leaders of schools and groups in different towns and cities throughout the country. From the Moroccan Observatory of Education and the National Council on Human Rights to the United Religions Initiative, more than twenty organisations and groups formed alliances. Together, they now work with Zakaria and his Foundation about Human rights education all over Morocco, maintaining the long tradition of peace and tolerance in this North African Kingdom.

Zakaria El Hamel is Member of Anna Lindh Foundation and Member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court too.

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http://www.myafricanmagazine.com/zakaria-el-hamel-wins-the-2017-pan-african-humanitarian-award/

https://www.peacetraining.eu/documentary-human-rights-morocco-launched-to-celebrate-peace-and-interfaith-dialogue-in-morocco/

Etienne De Jonghe – Belgium

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Builder of peace, engaged in the formation of international networks for the demilitarization, the disarmament, the reconciliation and the rights of the peoples.

Mr. Etienne De Jonghe grew up in Belgium in a Europe immersed in the uncertainties of the Cold War. After studying political science, international relations at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and the sciences of peace and conflict at the Polemological Institute of the University of Groningen (the Netherlands, 1968-1970), he directed his professional life towards peace education. For thirty years he was Secretary General of Pax Christi International where he worked to consolidate and develop this movement born in 1945 for Franco-German reconciliation. When he retired in 2008, the movement has a hundred member organizations spread across worldwide.

Endowed with a strong contact capacity and a deep sense of justice, he has patiently woven links with citizens of Central and Eastern Europe who have engaged in civil society to advance respect for human rights. In critical years when Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo appeal to Pax Christi, Etienne helps to organize a continental network of groups and organizations that mobilize for peace and reconciliation. At the call of Archbishop Oscar Romero, El Salvador, and other circles in Colombia, Peru and Brazil, a continental network is taking shape in Latin America, in defense of communities affected by violent conflict and the mining industries.

Since retiring, Etienne has been participating in seminars, symposiums and conferences alongside people eager to create a world free from violence, for a lasting peace. His extensive knowledge of European institutions and East-West relations is thus used to create and organize new forums for dialogue to combat intolerance and the effects of populism. For more than thirty years, he has been interested in the role that major religions can play in promoting the conditions for a just and lasting peace, for example by participating in dialogues between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Also, he has regularly been involved in the CCADD, Christian Approaches to Demilitarization and Disarmament to organise annual gatherings.

Currently, he is active at the European Council of Religious Leaders; he sits on the boards of directors of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) based in Berlin and Brussels, the European Network on Religions and Beliefs (ENORB), and VIRA, a Dutch-Flemish association which organizes conferences on international affairs and brings together a large group of diplomats, journalists and academics in Brussels. Since 2018, in the name of Pax Christi International and with the leaders of Dutch civil society and two Polish faith-based organizations, Etienne has set up a four-year project (2018-2022) which is developing a network with faith-based civil society groups active in Central and Eastern Europe. The aim is to promote pluralistic democracy, dialogue and cooperation, in particular because of the rise of populism and authoritarianism on the European continent.

In short, by his faith, his convictions, his action, and with the constant support of his wife Magda Van Damme, Etienne De Jonghe is a true builder of peace. He is well deserving of this recognition by the Public Peace Prize.

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Rehmat Aziz Khan Chitrali – Pakistan

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The Voice of the Communities without Voice, Pacifist and Defender of Human Rights for all

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, and is a linguist, poet, author, translator, social activist, cultural researcher, human rights activist, volunteer, keyboards developer and Inventor.

As peacemaker he works on countering violent extremism in Pakistan. He spreads the message of peace through his initiative “My language and my poetry for Peace”. He works on the conflict resolution issues between the villagers, mainly between men and women. He is known for his ability to mobilize people and resources for peacebuilding. Rehmat Aziz has wide-ranging experience in advocating for systemic change relating to women and youth’s inclusion in prevention, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and security at a regional level.

Committed to protecting the human rights of young women, girls and children in Pakistan; he is convincing the parents to admit their girls in school for imparting mother language education. Through his initiative “Stop Forced Marriage” he is also fighting against the forced marriage of young girls with aged men. He is also fighting against the physical torture, violence against women and girls in this man dominated society. He is mobilizing women and girls for peacebuilding in their areas.

He is world record holder in the field of linguistics and IT. He is the first person in the world to create software which allows the typing of 40 ‎endangered languages on a single platform. While living in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during the Taliban regime, Rehmat Aziz created ‎Khowar Wikipedia on the internet and wrote Khowar language articles on topics the Taliban ‎discouraged, namely education, human rights, youth rights, peace, women’s rights, Children rights, fundamental rights, mother language education for boys and girls in primary level and the ‎preservation of regional endangered languages in northern Pakistan and played an active role for mother languages.  In spite of the region’s struggles with remoteness and security tensions, Rehmat Aziz has continued to ‎promote the Khowar language and its development along with the other 69 regional endangered languages of Pakistan. He is well known for his linguistics acumen, integrity, sincerity to the cause of language and culture documentation and dedication to the profession. His literary and linguistic works promoted essential qualities for a progressive society such as gender equality, love and affection, dedication to service, truthfulness, tolerance for each other, peace and inter provincial linguistic harmony.

He has already been awarded many national and international awards, gold medals, recognitions on excellent performance, contribution and dedicated works towards linguistics. He continues to pursue his activities in linguistics and literary works for mother languages and is a source of inspiration for younger generations.

He has participated in the United Nations Youth Forum on behalf of Pakistan. He has worked as voice over artist in the first ever Khowar environmental film namely Markhoor. His voice and art are widely applauded in the Khowar speaking community. He has been justly called “The Linguistic Mastermind” by the Pakistani civil society organization “My Voice Unheard”. Another civil society organization “Bolo Jawan” has also called him “The Preservers of Languages”.

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https://www.poemhunter.com/rehmat-azizchitrali/biography/

https://tribune.com.pk/story/791766/tech-talk-typing-in-tongues-now-a-click-away/

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Miraj Bibi

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Primary School Teacher, Volunteer and Female Education Activist

Mrs. Miraj Bibi, young primary school teacher at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department of Pakistan, has played an active role in education. She has established a free Tuition Centre for the poor boys and girls in her native town Khot Valley, where she imparted basic skills.

She is well known for her educational acumen, integrity, sincerity, concern for the poor children and dedication to the profession of education. She relentlessly confronted social and cultural bias and odds and emerged as an icon of the women’s education in Chitral.

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International Men’s Day

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Peace and Social Transformation Initiative

International Men’s Day promotes a way of life, a way of seeing the world that differs from the existing social model, to enable future generations to live better in tolerance, mutual acceptance and harmony between the sexes.

Celebrated annually on November 19 in 80 countries, this Day was founded in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago to better understanding the challenges facing boys and men in a global perspective of non-violence and peace. The themes explored through a wide range of activities are mental health, fatherhood and reduction of gender inequalities. Search for a way of transforming social relations with the participation of peace organizations, women’s movements, politicians and individuals in the community.

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PazalaMujer

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Women community radio program for a culture of peace, equality and reconciliation

PazalaMujer is an initiative of the “Red departamental de mujeres jóvenes del Atlántico”, Colombia. It was created as a response to the various acts of violence against women, the immersion of young women in street gangs and the wave of femicides.

PazalaMujer is a radio program, from the city of Barranquilla, created in 2017 as a tool of communication for participation of young women on the radio where they become protagonists to stimulate and make visible proposals for the construction of peace. Its non-discriminatory content and respect for women’s right to be free from violence include life stories, interviews, figures, opinions and reflections on the reality of women. These are living traces of our world, experiences of young women peacemaker.

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Inés Palomeque

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Teacher and pacifist dedicated to promoting a culture of peace

Inés Palomeque, from Argentina, teacher and school director, specializing in philosophy for children, sees education for peace among children and young people as a fundamental human right and a key to peace and sustainable development.

Famous as peace and solidarity worker, founder of the international organisation MILENIOS DE PAZ (MMP), Ines Palomeque contributes to the establishment of a culture of peace, through education, art, science and culture.

For twenty years, she has devoted her time preventing violence and spreading the voices of children and youth to build bridges connecting the mentalities and values of a new world era.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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