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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The 2018 edition of the Public Peace Prize innovates!

The 2018 edition of the Public Peace Prize innovates
by making the endorsement process for
the laureates completely non-competitive!

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A prize daring to step outside old elitist models

The Public Peace Prize, the only peace prize in the world for which candidates are proposed, nominated and supported by the planet’s simple citizens, wants to further encourage a culture of mutual aid, collaboration and peace.

Completely new in 2018 is that all participants will be called upon to contribute to sustaining each initiative or artisan of peace beyond any form of competition.

Read more about how to propose an initiative or a person:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/propose-an-initiative-or-a-person/

Why this new approach? Because many competitions and prizes end up involuntarily supporting elitist trends. Invariably this creates more losers than winners. We just need to think about all the initiatives and artisans of peace who remain little known, shadowed by those officially proclaimed winners.

Noteworthy is the fact that for years now, and thanks to public support, the PPP has largely contributed to making known over thirty finalists and laureates around the world.

Like previous years, the Public Peace Prize is a completely cost-free, unsubsidized, unsponsored prize, run by ordinary volunteers, citizens of the world. Its purpose is to promote greater support for the artisans and initiatives of peace beyond borders, cultures, religions and social backgrounds.

Wanted: Volunteers and Correspondents

The People’s Peace Prize is looking for writers, translators, communicators, artists, musicians and correspondents in different countries to contribute to the process of acknowledging world peace initiatives and artisans of peace!

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2017 Public Peace Prize Finalists

“Youth peace ambassadors” category

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“Peacemakers committed to nonviolence and reconciliation” category

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“Mediators for reconciliation between groups and people divided by conflicts” category

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“Peacemakers committed to nonviolence and reconciliation” category

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“Peace and nonviolence initiatives through education and medias” category

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“Peacemakers defending linguistic minorities” category

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Public initiatives for reconciliation, social transformation and peace” category

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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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Stay connected,
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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
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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.

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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.

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/

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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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.

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

Art, Altruism and Youth for Peace

Art as a Passport for Peace

Peacemakers with HeARTs

aapilogotrThe African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) is a Pan-African movement of artists and peace-makers, championing a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa. The overarching objective is to use ”The ARTS” as a weapon and tool for nurturing a culture of peace based on values, attitude, and ways of life conducive to the promotion of peace among individuals, groups and society.

Why APPI?

  • To mobilize a massive movement of artists involved in peace building across Africa.
  • To create a platform in which visual and performing artists can unite their artistic abilities and advocate creatively for non-violent conflict resolution by engaging with each other and their audiences, especially young people in conflict, post-conflict and fragile states.
  • To foster intercultural/youth exchange activities across the continent
  • Champion African art as an educational and outreach force for the attainment of the AU 2063 agenda.

http://www.aapiafrica.org/

Art as Advocacy

Artist Issam Kourbaj at St. Paul's Chapel and with his installation, Another Day Lost, in Trinity Church's south churchyard.

Artist Issam Kourbaj at St. Paul’s Chapel and with his installation, Another Day Lost, in Trinity Church’s south churchyard.

An art installation at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, is using waste materials to invoke images of refugee camps in an attempt to “foster awareness and spur greater relief efforts on the part of citizens and governments worldwide” for Syrian refugees.

The installation, Another Day Lost, has been installed in the churchyard and parish centre as part Trinity Wall Street’s art-as-advocacy project. It has been created by UK-based Syrian-born artist Issam Kourbaj, and is inspired by aerial photographs of refugee camps.

Another Day Lost offers a sombre perspective on the human cost of the Syrian civil war,” Trinity’s director of justice and reconciliation, the Revd Winnie Varghese, said. “Though far away, we cannot stand by at a time when worldwide, we are faced with a desperate humanitarian crisis. Growing numbers of people need asylum. In global partnership, we must find ways to welcome the stranger to our midst.”

The Episcopal Church has been vocal in its efforts to encourage the United States to accept greater numbers of Syrian refugees.

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2015/12/art-installation-turns-garbage-into-advocacy-for-syrian-refugees.aspx

The Global Art Project

08-collageThe mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project celebrates diversity and multi-culturalism while expressing the idea: We Are All One.

The Global Art Project is an International Art Exchange for Peace. Here’s how it works: Participants create a work of art in any medium, expressing their vision of global peace and goodwill. The art is displayed locally in each participant’s community. Global Art Project then organizes an international exchange by matching participants—group-to-group and individual-to-individual. The exchange occurs April 23-30 biennially, resulting in thousands of people sending messages of Peace around the world at one time—visions of unity simultaneously encircle the Earth. The art is sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in the receiving community.

Participants may send documentation of the art created and of the people who came together to create the art to the GAP Art Bank. Global Art Project exhibitions, books, slide presentations, and this website give people an opportunity to experience visions of peace and unity created by individuals from diverse cultures around the world.

http://www.globalartproject.org/

Create Peace Project

IMG_0356.edited-1024x768Create Peace Project was founded in May of 2008 by Ross Holzman in San Francisco, CA. CPP was formed in response to the overwhelming amount of violence in the world, the violence and negativity streaming through the mass media, coupled with the severe lack of creative arts in people’s lives, the deterioration of arts-programing in U.S. public schools, and the suffering people are experiencing as a result. Create Peace Project is responding to growing need to strengthen human connection, cultivate self-awareness, spread hope and create peace in people’s lives.

By educating, empowering and activating joyous feelings of self-worth using the universal language of creativity, Create Peace Project achieves it mission of strengthening community and fostering self-awareness through our arts-for-peace practices.

http://createpeaceproject.org/

Mentoring Peace Through Art

phoca_thumb_m_IMG_1937Mentoring Peace Through Art identifies, engages, and develops leadership potential of young individuals through art projects that serve the social needs of diverse communities. This mission is accomplished through its two programs: MuralWorks® in the Streets and MuralWorks® in the Schools.

Whether on the streets or in the classroom, Mentoring Peace Through Art immerses young people in the real-life situation of working together. Regardless of their talent, ability or cultural background, every MuralWorker® is essential to the success of the group: Actionable teamwork turns into a positive work ethic, which, in turn, results in a genuine feeling of self-worth by all participants.

http://www.mentoringpeace.org/index.php/about-us#sthash.t5y3tsdb.dpuf

 

Altruism, Citizen’s Involvement

Mark Zuckerberg to give 99% of Facebook stock
to charity

facebook.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxMark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced to the world in a Facebook post the birth of their first child, a daughter named Max Chan Zuckerberg. They also announced another gift to the world: pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares — currently valued at $45 billion (U.S.) — to charity, starting the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place.

In the post, written as a letter to their new baby, Zuckerberg and Chan began: “Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in. Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.”

The co-founder doesn’t plan to give away more than $1 billion a year for at least the next three years, the company said in a separate filing, meaning Zuckerberg will still maintain voting control of Facebook for the foreseeable future.

More details will be released in the months ahead as how the organization and the donations will be doled out, but already some are speculating that it might be the largest donation pledged in history.

http://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2015/12/01/mark-zuckerberg-to-give-99-of-facebook-stock-to-charity.html

Youth and Training in Action for a Peaceful Future

House of Peace

al-Marwani_byTamaraAbdulHadi-NYT-300x163Melodic calls to prayer rise upward, echoing across Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a. Children gleefully run down a flooded street in Old City, past buildings with striking geometric patterns made from burnt red brick and white gypsum. Then a whistling noise cuts through the air, followed by explosions.

Hope lies at the edge of the city – at the Dar Al-Salaam Organisation (DASO) which means “House of Peace”. Founded in 1997 by Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Marwani, DASO is a Yemeni NGO working in conflict resolution, negotiation and countering violent extremism through engagement of tribal and religious leaders and by working with youth. Fiercely driven by his devout Sufi beliefs and a vision of a peaceful Yemen, Sheikh Al-Marwani travels throughout his country tackling volatile and seemingly intractable conflicts.

It is there, within Yemen’s remote villages and towns, that Al-Marwani and DASO work hard for stability by negotiating peace between tribal leaders. This work is not without risk. At least 15 members of DASO have been killed in crossfire between warring tribes as a result of their peacemaking work.[v] The Sheikh, himself, has been targeted for murder. Yet he fearlessly continues his work, despite the risks and the toll it takes:

“Sometimes I can’t sleep…sometimes I feel my head is going to explode but let me tell you: I would give my life if only the world could live in peace.”Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Marwani

https://tanenbaum.org/peacemakers-in-action-network/meet-the-peacemakers/sheikh-abdulrahman-al-marwani/

Arab-Jewish School An Island Of Unity Amid Violence

Presto ID 74668290 This is the Jaffa branch of ìYad bíYadî ó or ìHand in Handî in both Hebrew and Arabic ó a school made up of four kindergarten and two first-grade classes that aims to respond to growing Jewish-Arab segregation and violence with mutual respect and open dialogue. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Presto ID 74668290 This is the Jaffa branch of ìYad bíYadî ó or ìHand in Handî in both Hebrew and Arabic ó a school made up of four kindergarten and two first-grade classes that aims to respond to growing Jewish-Arab segregation and violence with mutual respect and open dialogue. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

“This is the only place where we feel that my children, and my neighbor’s children, are secure.”

JAFFA, Israel — Amid ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis, a school in this city seems more determined than ever to teach Arab and Jewish children about coexistence.

In a sunny playground here just 3 miles south of Tel Aviv, children paint recycled tires in vibrant colors and refurbish wooden furniture to beautify a place that many in the community say is their best chance at a peaceful future.

This is the Jaffa branch of “Yad b’Yad” — or “Hand in Hand” in both Hebrew and Arabic — a school made up of four kindergarten and two first-grade classes that aims to respond to growing Jewish-Arab segregation and violence with mutual respect and open dialogue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/israel-hand-in-hand-school_5632628ae4b00aa54a4d416b?utm_hp_ref=interfaith

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