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The BARMM: Opportunities and Challenges

The BARMM: Opportunities and Challenges

During MPI's 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Training, one of the founders and former Board Member of MPI, Guiamel Alim gave a presentation to the participants on Mindanao. He focused on the newly formed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), highlighting the opportunities and challenges. Guiamel is presently chairperson of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) and Director of the Kadtuntaya Foundation, Incorporated (KFI) in Cotabato City.

Below you may view the slideshow that was presented during the session. While the slides do not include the full explanation, we hope that you will still find them of interest and more or less self-expanatory.

Please click on the image/first slide below to view the slideshow.

Conflict-Sensitive Journalism - an International Academic Conference

Conflict-Sensitive Journalism - an International Academic Conference

forumZFD is happy to announce the Call for Abstracts for the first ever 'Conflict-Sensitive Journalism - an International Academic Conference', to be held in Davao City, the Philippines, on February 10-11, 2020

All information and the possibility to register for the conference can be found here: www.conflictsensitivejournalism.info.  You can download a short brochure about the conference here.

Peace Education Can End All Forms of Violence & Conflicts

Peace Education Can End All Forms of Violence & Conflicts

Fr. C.P. Anto, the founder-director of Peace Channel, while addressing the induction of the new peace club members of Assisi Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur Nagaland, on 18th of Feb 2019, said that “peace education in the educational institutions can end all forms of violence in the families, schools and communities.” He also stressed on the importance of peace education in the multi-cultural, religious and linguistic communities of Nagaland. Peace always begins with self and then transmits to others by following certain universal values and principles suggested by the movement.

Foundation Stone was laid for the Peace Center in Nagaland

Foundation Stone was laid for the Peace Center in Nagaland

Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima diocese, Nagaland laid the foundation stone for the Peace Center (A Centre for Education, Research and Community Action for Peace and peace studies) at St. Joseph Hr. Sec. School Campus Chumukedima, Nagaland on the 9th of March 2019. The historical event was witnessed by fathers, sisters, 120 catechists representing various local churches form the diocese, church, community and village leaders, faculty members, and students from North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), and staff and members of Peace Channel respectively.

The Peacebuilders as new name of ICF E-newsletter

The Peacebuilders as new name of ICF E-newsletter

The Interfaith Cooperation Forum has published the maiden issue of the ICF e-newsletter with a new name, pdf The Peacebuilders (962 KB) . They write:

We are all called to be peacebuilders - whatever our faith tradition, class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and nationality, among others. As peacebuilders, we know that we cannot have genuine and enduring peace if there is no justice in all dimensions of our lives - be it social, political, economic, and religio-cultural. These are all intertwined. Moreover, our lives are inevitably interconnected with the Earth and Earth rights. There is no community apart from Earth community, which is the context of our peacebuilding efforts. Yet, peacebuilders must also do self-criticism and examine our complicity in bringing unpeace and injustice to our communities though our prejudices, language, behaviors, and lifestyles. Faith must be translated to actions towards the realization of peace. "The Peacebuilders" is deemed an action-oriented name, and also one that keeps us challenged.

Cover page of The Peacebuilders Vol. 1. No. 1Download Volume 1, Number 1 of The Peacebuilders here

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