A three-day seminar (26-28 May 2017) was conducted on “Women in Peace building” by Nagaland Catholic Women Association in Collaboration with Peace Channel and Don Bosco Institute of Development & Leadership (DBIDL) Dimapur, Nagaland. The seminar was organised inorder to educate and empower the women about their rights and train them on the skills and techniques of peace to work for peace building in the society. The Resource Persons for the seminar were Fr. Dr. C. P. Anto (Founder & Director of Peace Channel), Dr. Akum Longchar (Chief Editor & CEO Morung Express), Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu (Head of English Dept. Nagaland University cum Advisor of Naga Women Association), Mrs. Liangsi Niumai (Advocate, Director of Care-Centre for Environment and Rural Poor Dimapur), Mr. Samir Bordoloi (a freelance organic Farmer, Consultant and an Agripreneur). The topics which were being stressed upon by the resource persons during the seminar were “Skills & Status of Women in conflict situation,” “Women participation in conflict resolution & peacebuilding,” “Role of women in peacebuilding activities,” "Women as an agents for positive change” and “To bring peace in the society by improving the economy through organic farming.” The seminar consisted of lectures, group discussions, peace celebration, audio visual learning sessions and different exercises to learn the importance of Truth, Mercy, Justice and Peace and to convey the message of our present society.
Two prominent philanthropists and social activists who have been serving the people in the society for their upliftment, education and welfare activities were conferred Rotary National Peace Award at the hands of RTN Paul Netzel (Trustee Chair Elect, The Rotary Foundation) on the occasion of International Understanding and Peace Symposium (IUPS) held at Pune, India From 18th – 19th February 2017.
Peace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Science and Research commemorated the International Day of Peace on 21st September, 2016 at the NEISSR’s Auditorium. The commemoration programme also coincides with the 10th founding anniversary of Peace Channel. The programme began with a presentation on the history and background of the International Day of Peace by Ms. Akha Richa and Ms. Akumnaro Longchar, third semester students of NEISSR.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Fr.C.P. Anto, Director, Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR highlighted the increasing need for efforts to build peace and spread the message of peace. ‘Indifference is one of the fundamental causes for conflicts and the lack of peace. This indifference leads to individualism which in turn results in isolation, ignorance and selfishness’, he said. He called upon everyone present to unlearn and then relearn to be an agent of peace. We need to unlearn things from our history, our environment and from everything that have shaped as who we are, yet make us selfish or indifferent to the injustice that is happening around us. ‘We need to relearn the human values that will make us strive for unity and also develop concerns for our fellow human beings and the things which are hindering us from achieving our rights’, he added.
We are very excited to share the news about online resources and course from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) 100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding as they mark the centennial of working for peace. The following message is from Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs as AFSC.
As Associate General Secretary for International Programs at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and an AfP Board Member, I am eager to share with you a new, online collection that I believe can enhance the peacebuilding, civil resistance, and social justice work of both our organizations. As we all strive to make the case for the value of conflict prevention and violence reduction, the collection, “100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding”, can be an important resource to draw on and point to.
The link for the materials is: https://www.usipglobalcampus.org/training/afsc/
In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace and in recognition of AFSC’s upcoming 100th year anniversary, we designed a six-chapter, free, self-guided course that we believe you’ll find useful in your activism, education, and exploration. The curated collection includes videos, photographs, reading materials, and activities that provide insights and lessons, from across the world and right here in the United States, relevant to the conflicts and oppression we witness today.
The collection celebrates the stories of individual peace builders, activists, and community leaders, many of whom have risked their lives to bravely promote nonviolence, mediate with those committing violence, and call for social change. We are honored by the collection’s welcoming remarks by the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, as well as those by Victor Ochen, United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Justice, and friend to both AfP and AFSC. We hope that you will engage with this online resource and share it widely.