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Update from DKA's campaign against child labour

Update from DKA's campaign against child labour

In August, we posted on our Facebook page that our development partner, Dreikönigsaktion der Katholischen Jungschar (DKA Austria), recently conducted a "Stop Child Labor" campaign. We had posted that you could view the very creative mosaic that they had created.

We just received another update that we would like to share with you. Martina Clara Podeprel, Advocacy & Campaigns for DKA, wrote the following:

Altogether we have received around 5000 submissions from symbolic hands against child labour. We encourage you to visit the website, and even though it is in German, you can view the mosaic with all the photos and also you can zoom in and see each picture: https://www.kinderarbeitstoppen.at/mach-mit

We had three appointments with high-level political decision-makers in Austria during June and July to hand over the mosaic photo wall with your contributions.

Call for Entries: GIZ Photo Exhibition and Competition 2021

Call for Entries: GIZ Photo Exhibition and Competition 2021

In line with the Mindanao Peace Studies Conference VII of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), the YOUCAP project “Strengthening Youth for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in Mindanao” and the GIZ-Civil Peace Service in partnership with FSUU are organizing a Photo Competition and Exhibition with the theme of “Youth(ful) Expressions: Keeping a Lens on Peacebuilding in Mindanao.”

It aims to encourage young people to submit their photos telling stories of hope, showing resilience and opportunities for peace during the Covid-19 pandemic. All photographs that meet the criteria of the competition will be exhibited in a virtual gallery. The top three pictures will be shown, recognized, and discussed in a talk show of the Sunny Side Webcast on November 24 streamed in FSUU's Official Facebook page and Youtube Channel during the closing session of the conference. In addition, 20 winners will be provided with internet load to be able to participate in the virtual program of the Mindanao Peace Studies Conference from 22nd to 24th of November 2021.

Thus, GIZ would like to invite young people aged 15-30 to participate in this activity. Entries for the competition are to be submitted to Technical Advisor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before the 15th of October 2021.

Kindly refer to the pdf Competition Guidelines (211 KB) for further instructions and details of the activity. Should you have questions, clarifications, and concerns relevant to the competition, kindly communicate to Mr. Albert Putong at 0917-155-6388 or 0917-303-9643.

You may document download the Registration and Consent Form here (196 KB) .

You may also download competition poster image version one (2.31 MB) and image version two (1.90 MB) .

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International Women's Day Solidarity Greetings from DKA/kfb

International Women's Day Solidarity Greetings from DKA/kfb

Clemens Huber from DKA/kfb sent us the following greeting for International Women's Day 2021:

I would like to send you greetings of solidarity on this international women’s day. Here at DKA/kfb I am the person in charge of coordinating our work surrounding gender and struggles for gender equality, so I felt the need to share some thoughts with my colleagues on this day, and I decided to share them with you as well.

Stand with the people of Myanmar against the horrific violence inflicted upon them

Stand with the people of Myanmar against the horrific violence inflicted upon them

A statement from the Leadership Circle of IMPACT
April 21, 2021

We, members of the Leadership Circle of IMPACT (Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation), condemn the undermining of steps toward democracy and the violent suppression of peaceful protests in Myanmar. IMPACT is a diverse collective working globally to illuminate and strengthen the field of arts, culture, and conflict transformation, and believing in a world where dignity, vibrancy, creativity, and fairness must inscribe our relationships with one another and with the natural world. We are horrified at the turn of events in Myanmar. We write in support of the demands of the people of Myanmar for an end to the military’s reign of terror, and in solidarity with our colleagues at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in the Philippines, who have reached out to us regarding artists and other peacebuilders in Myanmar with whom they’ve worked over the years. The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) included the following in a published statement:

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute is appalled by the escalation of violence in Myanmar at the hands of the country’s military. The killing of demonstrators, arbitrary arrests, and reported torture of prisoners violate fundamental human rights and stand in clear defiance of calls throughout the world for restraint, dialogue, and a return to Myanmar’s democratic path.  

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, as of April 21, 739 peaceful demonstrators have been killed by the junta, and 3,331 have been arrested, charged or sentenced. The MPI statement reports that there are many more cases of missing [individuals] or disappearances as families do not know where their loved ones are. Two Members of Parliament of the duly elected democratic government were tortured and killed.

A March 28 statement by United Nations officials Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, proclaims, “We must ensure accountability for past crimes and deter the most serious international crimes from being committed…The failure to address the… crimes the military has committed in the past, including against Rohingya and other minorities, has brought Myanmar to this terrible pass… There is no way forward without accountability and fundamental reform of the military.”

We ask others to join us as we speak out in solidarity with Myanmar’s people, including the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities, appealing for an immediate ceasefire and an end to both the violations of human rights and impunity for perpetrators of these atrocities. Please encourage your colleagues, friends and others in your networks to stand with the people of Myanmar in their steadfast struggle to find creative paths toward the vibrant democratic future they imagine.

Signed by IMPACT Leadership Circle members:

Armine Avetisyan, Brandeis University, Armenia/USA
Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University, USA
Emilie Diouf, Brandeis University, Senegal/ USA
Ellada Evangelou, Artistic Director, Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, Cyprus
Germaine Ingram, USA
Dijana Milosevic, Co-founder, DAH Theatre, Serbia
Carmen Olaechea, Fundación Cambio Democrático/Fundación Crear Vale la Pena, Argentina/Suiza
Lee Pearlman, Tel Aviv
Emily Forsyth Queen, Independent Consultant, USA
Toni Shapiro-Phim, Brandeis University, USA
Polly. O. Walker, PhD, Director, Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College

Resources

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

Additional ways to support the resistance in Myanmar

Updated news from Myanmar and links to specific online campaigns

“Myanmar: Top UN officials condemn military’s ‘shameful, cowardly’ attacks on peaceful protesters” 

IMPACT

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Peace Channel reaching out to all the districts with its new Chapters

Peace Channel reaching out to all the districts with its new Chapters

Rev.Dr. C.P.Anto the founder and director of Peace Channel, an emerging secular youth peace movement that aims at the transformation of the individuals and groups as peace lovers, peacemakers, and peace promoters in the conflict situations said that the movement had trained nearly twenty NEISSRians who completed MSW in our institute in peace studies have been trained and capacitated to introduce the new chapters in all the districts to empower the children, youth and adult to be the promoters of peace and trainers of peace in all conflict situations. They are also given some seed money to start its branches officially in all the districts of Nagaland and in the days to come in the region and the country gradually by forming the peace clubs among the children, peer mediation forums among the youth in the colleges and universities and Peace Forums among the adults ie., professionals, educationists, and religious and community leaders who will be capacitated on different peace skills to prevent and intervene in the conflict situations.

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