Published on Jun 17 2016 1:07 PM EST
Start Date/Time: Jun 18 2016 9:00 AM EST
End Date/Time: Jun 21 2016 5:00 PM EST
More than 60 activists, scholars and community leaders will come together June 18-21 to discuss ways to end violence in all its forms during the Carter Center's annual Human Rights Defenders Forum, "A Time for Peace: "Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights."
Among the themes of this year's event are the economics of peace, unlearning violence, and nonviolent approaches to security and law enforcement.
The second half of the forum — which will include a keynote speech by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 — is open to the media. The Monday afternoon and Tuesday sessions also will be webcast live for those who cannot attend.
Global Peace Index Report 2015
This is the ninth edition of the Global Peace Index Report from the Institute for Economics and Peace. The Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators and ranks 162 independent states, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population. This report is included in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Voice and Choice: What Young Women Want
Voice & Choice: What Young Women Want is 4GGL’s preliminary report presenting the voices of adolescent girls and young women from all over the world who participated in the first-ever Women’s Empowerment Global Survey. This document is included in the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum Briefing Book.
Countering Extremism through The Classroom
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2015. Mossarat Qadeem wrotes as an expert on countering violent extremism and the Executive Director of PAIMAN Trust.In this article, she offers strategies for using peace education with children from an early age, to counter violent extremism. This article appeared in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
United Nations Agreements—A Framework for Accountability
This document includes text from UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, each of which touches on the need to create just and inclusive societies, with equal access to transparent national institutions, and a voice for all peoples in post-conflict decision making. This document was included in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development Conference Report
This report outlines the 2016 forum, co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This forum challenged high-level experts to examine the implementation framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that no one is left behind. This document is included in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Join the community working for the rights of women and girls
The Forum on Women, Religion, Violence, and Power is a tool to keep you connected with the research and activism at the forefront of women's rights. Here, you can read scholarly reports and see examples of the women's empowerment campaigns and programs going on worldwide. You can comment and engage in conversations building on what you read, here, and see. You can find opportunities to build your skills and knowledge in international peace building and rights advocacy, and take action to support the work of human rights defenders fighting for women and girls.
“ISIS Is One Piece of the Puzzle”
Yifat Susskind is executive director of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization based in New York. Jillian Schwedler spoke with her on October 28, 2015, the week after Yanar Mohammed, head of MADRE’s partner group the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), testified before the UN Security Council about women’s vital role in sustainable peacebuilding and about the task of sheltering women fleeing sexual violence, including from areas controlled by ISIS.
Shelters Without Walls: Women Building Protective Infrastructures Against Rape
Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
Cure Violence is a teaching, training, research and assessment NGO focused on a health approach to violence prevention. The Cure Violence health model is used by more than 50 cities and organizations in the U.S., as well as eight countries ranging from Canada to South Africa to Syria. Cities and organizations implementing the Cure Violence health model regularly experience reductions in violence within the first year ranging from 40-70% and greater reductions in subsequent years. We provide cities and organizations with the training and technical assistance to effectively implement the Cure Violence model. We are currently focusing our efforts on three parts of the world: the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa. Cure Violence is also leading a movement to treat violence as a health problem. We intend to fundamentally change the discourse on and approach to violence from the prevailing paradigm that understands violence as moral corruption or human failing that applies punitive strategies to address the issue, to one that includes an understanding and addressing of violence as a health problem – a contagious epidemic. To do so successfully, we are activating voices and resources throughout our comprehensive health system and establishing violence prevention as a health sector responsibility and imperative.
Basement Cultural Foundation
Basement is an independent civil society organization in Yemen which was registered in 2012. Basement aims to create positive change in the Yemeni society by increasing community participation. We work on fostering volunteerism activities and work on raising awareness in the community on issues of culture, society, and politics. Basement is self funded and sustainable from members and volunteers contributions. Basement Cultural Foundation seeks to promote: 1 - cultural and cognitive development and to encourage talent and creativity ; 2 - concern for the environment and sustainable development; 3 - interest in human rights and freedoms and the rights of women and children ; 4 - interest in science and the arts and literature and cognitive areas; 5 - development of civil society and the issues of democracy and dialogue ; 6 - development of public awareness and individual responsibility
The Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities. We believe in fundamental human rights, dignity, and the rule of law. We believe in a society where all people are free to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life. We believe in addressing inequalities that cut across multiple lines, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship. We believe in holding those in power accountable for their actions and in increasing the power of historically excluded groups. We believe in helping people and communities press for change on their own behalf. We believe in responding quickly and flexibly to the most critical threats to open society. We believe in taking on controversial issues and supporting bold, innovative solutions that address root causes and advance systemic change. We believe in encouraging critical debate and respecting diverse opinions
Women's Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)
The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)* brings together existing women rights and peace practitioners, organizations, and networks actively engaged in preventing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism, to enable their systematic and strategic collaboration. WASL partners have deep experience in: Providing religious literacy and alternative narratives Deradicalization & rehabilitation Security sector reform (SSR) and training Upholding human rights and gender equality Building community resilience and addressing grievances through social and economic programming Promoting a culture of peace and active citizenship * ‘Wasl’ means to ‘connect‘ in Arabic, Urdu and Persian
International Civil Society Action Network
Founded in 2006, ICAN is a registered non-profit, US based organization whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills, and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources. ICAN achieves its mission through trainings, information generation, sharing and exchange, and dialogue facilitation. ICAN places partnership and collaboration as a core principle of its interactions with other NGOs as well as academic institutions and multilateral organizations. We pride ourselves in listening to and responding to the needs of our partners in conflict affected countries. By virtue of establishing strong ties with globally renowned institutions, we can bridge the north-south divisions, and foster a mutually beneficial exchange of expertise and knowledge and practice. ICAN also believes in elevating the voices and profile of national experts onto the global arena. As such we strive to identify and work with local activists and scholars where possible.
Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Paysannes (ASSODIP)
ASSODIP (English: Association for the Development of Peasant Initiatives) is part of the Support Platform for Traceability and Transparency in the Management of Natural Resources (GATT-RN) which focuses on research, prevention, policy making, awareness, and protections in exploitative labor.
Christ the King United Church of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. We believe in the Trinity of the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We strive to be Christ Like, to live by the Bible with Jesus as head of our church and our lives. We draw strength from Christian fellowship and believe that there is power in moving by faith, that all things are possible through Christ Jesus, our risen Lord, who strengthens us. We believe that God’s mission for the church is to follow the way of Jesus Christ and to give praise, honor and glory to God almighty. We believe that we must lift up those who are down trodden and oppressed. We celebrate diversity and the dignity of all people. We believe that prayer with faith changes things.
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) is an Indigenous Lenca organization made up of 200 Lenca communities in the western Honduran states of Intibuca, Lempira, La Paz, and Santa Barbara. COPINH was born in 1993 when the Indigenous and popular movements in the Honduran state of Intibuca came together to stop logging and advance popular struggles. Today, COPINH encompasses 4 states in western Honduras and struggles for the rights of the Lenca people, including environmental, cultural, economic, social, health, education, and Indigenous rights. COPINH defends the Lenca territory and our natural resources as part of our Lenca cosmovision of respect for Mother Earth. For over 20 years, the Lenca people organized in COPINH have defended our communities and natural resources from logging, dams, mining projects, and other megaproyects that would destroy our way of life and environment. We have stopped at least 50 logging projects that would have deforested our land and forests and 10 hydroelectric dams that threatened Lenca communities, including the huge Tigre Dam project on the border of Honduras and El Salvador. Together with other Indigenous organizations we successfully pressured that the Honduran government to ratify ILO Convention 169 on the Rights of Indigenous People, which includes the right to free, prior, and informed consultation of Indigenous communities about projects that affect us. COPINH has also successfully fought for the creation and funding of health centers and schools in Lenca communities. COPINH has also worked to obtain communal land titles for Indigenous communities as a way of defending our territory and natural resources from incursion and destruction. We have won over 100 communal land titles, which are governed by community land councils, as well as the creation of 2 Indigenous municipalities and the declaration of protected zones to prevent logging. Through General Assemblies COPINH has also taken a strong position on women´s rights and works to address machismo and promote respect for leadership of women in our communities and organizations. COPINH acts in solidarity with many other struggles and is active in national and international struggles and networks. In 2009, a military coup removed Honduras´ president and ushered in an era of repression, militarization, violence, and repression of social movements. Those who seized power following the coup have set about imposing an extreme right-wing neoliberal agenda, especially the privatization and selling off of Honduras´ natural resourches to corporations for profit. A new Military Police has been created in addition to the police and military which already patrol the country, and these security forces in addition to private hitmen are used to terrorize and murder those who defend our natural resources and communities from being plundered and destroyed. COPINH struggles for life, for defense of Mother Earth, for Indigenous autonomy, and for a world where the rights as Indigenous people and all people are respected.
We empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. We believe that through this mission we can ensure every person—woman, man, girl, and boy—is able to live a life of dignity. Our origins date back to 1974 when Molly Melching first arrived in Senegal as an exchange student from the United States. After completing her studies, Molly stayed to work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dakar, creating the first radio program for children in national languages. Her work soon took her to rural villages, where she found that many development efforts were not addressing the true needs and realities of the communities in ways that were relevant to their lives. Relying heavily on community feedback, Molly and a team of Senegalese cultural specialists developed a new type of development program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP). This program respectfully engaged communities by working in their own languages and using traditional methods of learning. It facilitated community ownership over the development process, allowing communities to fulfill their own potential. Their efforts grew throughout the 1980s, leading Molly to found Tostan—which means ‘breakthrough’ in the Wolof language—in 1991. Over the past 24 years, Molly’s original concepts have developed into a leading model for community-led change -- a model that is now implemented in 22 languages across six African countries and is supported at the international, national, and grassroots levels. We are a positive, vibrant community of over 1,000 people working towards dignity for all. We are African-based and rely on the diverse skills and passion of our people to help run our programs across Africa, as well as in Europe and the United States. We are a grassroots organization led at a country level by national teams which include dedicated teams of facilitators and supervisors who work directly with our partner communities.
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. Founded by Catholic sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II, NETWORK works to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation. Inspired by our founders and the leadership of the women who followed, we faithfully embody Gospel justice as we ignite hope in the world. We are rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition and open to all who share our passion. The <A HREF=”https://networklobby.org/bus2016/” TARGET=”_blank)”>Nuns on the Bus</A> project of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice is a call to elected officials and candidates to Mend the Gaps in income and wealth inequality in our nation. In an election year, it is crucial that this message be heard and heeded because we know that when people at the economic margins do better, we all do better. We will bring the bus to both the Republican and Democratic Conventions where we will educate people on the gaps that we are experiencing in our society and NETWORK’s proactive policy strategy that can bridge those divides. Our goal is to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with our message of inclusion. NETWORK’s 44 year-old faith-filled political message is an alternative to the anger, fear, and polarization of this election cycle. We believe in faithful citizenship, which compels us to travel the country to listen to the lived experiences of people in their communities and hold elected officials accountable to the promises they have made to legislate for the common good.
Benetvision exists to encourage the development of contemporary spirituality from a monastic, feminist and global perspective through the works of Joan Chittister. Joan Chittister is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the the Huffington Post. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England. In 2014 the Annual Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, in conjunction with the dedication of the The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister. Maria Shriver will join Joan Chittister for the 2015 presentation. Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was an adviser for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored “Council of Sages,” an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations. She served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University, the primary site of her archive collection. Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.
Posts for Peace and Justice
Using 6-8 foot vinyl posts made in workshops, “posted” in social media, and “hosted” in a variety of physical settings in an effort to raise awareness and stimulate thought and conversation leading to raising consciousness and taking action to resolve injustices. Posts are generally made as a collaborative effort with everyone adding something to the completion of the post. We encourage diversity in participants to embrace multiple perspectives and greater universal understanding of the issues. Every post has at least one professional artist who aids in development, design, application, final touches, and relaying principles of effective art techniques and principles. Posts generally will include powerful, inspirational quotes: informational, eye-opening facts: visual stories: meaningful symbols; hand-prints of those involved in making or supporting the ideas on the post.
Women's Action for New Direction
WAND seeks to educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive Pentagon spending to unmet human and environmental needs. WAND's goals include: - Challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict. Shift from a military to a civilian based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met. - Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination. - Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction. Prevent violence against women. - Increase women’s political leadership to further WAND’s goals.
The Avielle Foundation
The Mission of the Avielle Foundation is to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. The Foundation will do so by directing resources to support: * Breakthrough neuroscience research, bridging behavioral and biochemical sciences, and making the neurosciences a prestigious and lucrative life endeavor. * Community engagement and education initiatives that empower youth, parents, teachers, health care providers, and law enforcement – the everyday citizen – to advocate for brain health in themselves and others. Avielle Rose Richman was, at the time, our only daughter and one of 26 children and educators tragically murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012. My wife Jennifer and I are infinitely heart broken. In the three years since the murder of our beautiful six year old daughter our heartbreak has been repeated with over 140 school shootings in the United States, not to mention the daily occurrences of homicide and suicide on our streets and in our homes. Violence, in its myriad forms, is an epidemic that plagues our country. We miss Avielle more every day, and like so many of you, we want to bring about changes to stop this epidemic of violence. We want to prevent tragedies like these from happening to any community — ever again. The Avielle Foundation has been created in honor of our loving daughter — along with all the others who fall victim to violence — to foster an understanding of what leads someone to engage in harmful behavior, the risk factors, and conversely to identify and engender protective factors that lead away from violence and toward compassion, kindness, connection and community. We’re working closely with world leaders in two vital areas: Brain health research and community building.
The Center for African American Theological Studies at the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education
The Center for African American Theological Studies is a part of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE). SCUPE envisions a world in which religions come together as a proactive force for justice, inclusivity and peace, and educates people of faith and goodwill to become powerful leaders to tear down barriers of exclusivity and superiority and build communities of peace with justice.
One Earth Future Foundation
Founded by Marcel Arsenault and Cynda Collins Arsenault, the One Earth Future Foundation is a self-funded private operating foundation that seeks to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. Programs: Enhancing cooperation to solve maritime piracy: Oceans Beyond Piracy addresses maritime piracy and violence at sea by mobilizing stakeholders from across the maritime community and promoting long-term solutions at sea and on shore. Advancing sustainable fisheries through science-based analysis: Secure Fisheries collects, analyzes and shares data about fisheries in the Somali and Lake Victoria regions and coordinates with regional stakeholders to fight IUU fishing in the Indian Ocean. Creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies: Shuraako facilitates investment in promising Somali-based businesses, fostering a marketplace that encourages economic development and stability throughout the country. Building sustainable peace through collaboration: PASO Colombia provides multi-sector coalitions with stronger systems of collaboration and information to promote sustainable peace in Colombia. Contributing to thought leadership on good governance: OEF Research collects and analyzes data on the role of good governance in support of sustainable peace globally and convenes academics and practitioners in support of evidence-based practice.
Voice of a Practitioner in Nigeria – Fatima Akilu
Dr. Fatima Akilu is a university educator and an advocate for marginalized groups working in the area of psychology and health for more than two decades. She has had extensive experience working with forensic dually diagnosed mentally retarded women, violent offenders, and sex offenders. Previously head of communication for the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, she is currently Chairman Editorial Board Leadership Newspapers. Dr. Akilu was until recently the director of the Behavioral Analysis and Strategic Communication unit that has developed a multi-pronged approach to countering violent extremism (CVE) that consists of prison deradicalization, counter radicalization geared at building community resilience, and a strategic communication effort including public diplomacy and messaging. Nigeria’s CVE program, which she designed, also includes policy changes in the areas of education and mental health through the provision of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling. Akilu is also a children’s writer and hosts a weekly radio show Radio Psych, which discusses social and psychological issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in research methods in psychology and Ph.D. in psychology from Reading University. In this podcast episode from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Dr. Akilu discusses her role as the founder of the Nigerian government’s deradicalization program, the importance of psychological and social programming to provide youth with positive alternatives to violent extremism, and the nexus of development and security at the community level. Her unique perspective as a psychologist – and as a woman in a field dominated by men – provides deeper insight into the future of countering violent extremism.
Taller de Vida
The Central Association of Development and Consulting Workshop psycho-social life-was created in 1994 by a group of professional women and community leaders from different parts of the country who share a commitment to ending socio political violence and wanted to contribute to the transformation of its impact in the lives of children, youth, families and communities facing the situation of forced displacement, forced disappearance and involvement in the armed conflict. Since then, the commitment to human dignity from a framework of action and psychosocial rights has guided our work, and based the development of an innovative methodology from the systemic approach, the principles of resilience and expressive arts. We are a non-governmental social organization that promotes the development of personal, community and social resources for children, youth, families and communities affected or at risk of being affected by socio-political violence, thus contributing to strengthening processes of human development from a psychosocial framework of action and rights.
Peace Direct is an award-winning, international NGO operating in some of the most challenging conflict environments worldwide. - We have affiliate offices in the United Kingdom and United States - 11 partner programs in 8 countries - Local Correspondents in 34 countries reporting through Insight on Conflict. We support a network of trusted and effective peacebuilders in Africa and Asia, local heroes who are saving lives, helping people escape poverty and bringing hope to their communities. Their standing in the community and the respect they earn through courage and sacrifice gives them the credibility to influence those involved in conflict and achieve real change. Local people are the key to preventing, resolving and healing conflicts. They are the best way to break recurrent cycles of violence and make peace last. And increasingly they want to move away from depending on outside help, towards building their own futures. We help this strategic shift, and we add value to their efforts on the ground. Firstly, we raise funds for their programmes and offer management support and advice. Secondly, we build recognition for their work, to put them in touch with those in the wider world who can assist with funds and influence. And thirdly, we promote the concept of locally led peacebuilding to the international community, so that others will adopt our approach too.
We are a youth-serving organization that was established to put young people at the helm of peace building, volunteerism and community development, promote youth participation in governance and policy making. The Young Peace Builders is a Youth-Led non-governmental, non-political, non-religious and non-profit making voluntary network organization that seeks to pioneer peace and development by creating a supportive environment for the survival and development of communities by encouraging local initiatives for community developments, empowering young people in volunteerism and linking up their initiatives for peace to help increase the effectiveness of their actions. We are an organization that strongly believes in mutual respect for all regardless of race, origin, tribe, religious or political affiliations. We are committed to building a sustainable world in which Peace, Justice, Solidarity, Human Dignity, Sustainable development and respect for human rights prevails.
The Eagle Down Foundation
The Eagle Down Foundation began with a glimpse . . . a vision that it is possible for children and young people to live in a world free from violence, hate, and suffering in places of war and unrest. Since 2004, the Eagle Down Foundation has made this commitment to support and equip youth, globally and locally, in their efforts to live in a more peaceful and prosperous world. This is accomplished through the funding and implementation of peacebuilding initiatives, adventure camps, workshops, and conferences. The Eagle Down Foundation has had the opportunity to connect with young people already beginning to mobilize within their own communities and are working toward peace. In Kosovo, Uganda, Abkhazia, and many other countries, Eagle Down continues to build relationships and work with young leaders to bring about positive change. It remains the hope of the Eagle Down Foundation that young people will act as a symbol of unity in a world too often separated by our differences; be those ethnic, religious, socio-economic, or gender-based. There is room in our world for peace as there is room to find dignity, beauty and value in our differences. The Eagle Down Foundation seeks to support youth from around the globe with a vision and commitment to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Through the funding and implementation of peace education initiatives, adventure camps, workshops, and conferences, The Eagle Down Foundation encourages youth to act as a symbol of unity in a world often divided by ethno-religious borders and to find dignity, beauty and value in their differences as they inspire others to do the same.
Institute for Global Engagement
In our efforts to promote religious freedom, we operate at the intersection of thoughts and deeds. Words without action are worthless; action without thought is dangerous. Each must hone the other. Accordingly, IGE combines theory with praxis, thinking with doing. IGE’s three centers catalyze thought and action, promoting a practical and sustainable religious freedom that serves state and society worldwide. These centers are: The Center for Relational Diplomacy - IGE's relational diplomacy is grounded in a commitment to first study, listen to, and understand the local context and then engage it. It seeks to create partnerships and practical agreements between governmental and religious communities that promote a culturally owned and legally protected religious freedom which contributes to social and political stability. The Center on Faith & International Affairs - the Center on Faith & International Affairs (CFIA) equips scholars and practitioners of international affairs with the tools necessary to understand religion's impact on the world today. The Center publishes a groundbreaking quarterly journal, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, plus books, monographs, policy papers, and online resources. CFIA also sponsors scholarly and policy-focused conferences, lectures, research projects, and fellowships. The Center for Global Education - The Center for Global Education (CGE) prepares current and emerging leaders to engage global affairs in ways that promote sustainable environments for religious freedom. Currently CGE's signature program is its ongoing series of Global Leadership Forums. CGE also provides unique resources such as its online collection of syllabi.
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) stimulates and supports research and creative activities by University of Michigan faculty members and graduate students to further their work on women, gender and sexuality. We provide direct research funding and valuable expertise to those seeking external funding.
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
The mission of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is to catalyse dialogue and action for a socially and economically just, environmentally sustainable, democratic and peaceful world. In the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld the Foundation aims to generate new perspectives and ideas on global development and multilateral cooperation by building bridges between actors and provide space for those most affected by inequalities and injustice. The work of the Foundation is centred around five different programme areas, which include<A HREF=”http://www.daghammarskjold.se/programme-areas/peacebuilding/” TARGET=”_blank)”>Building Peace</A>, <A HREF=”http://www.daghammarskjold.se/programme-areas/global-disorders/” TARGET=”_blank)”>Global Disorders -Global Governance</A>, <A HREF=”http://www.daghammarskjold.se/programme-areas/agenda-2030/” TARGET=”_blank)”>Agenda 2030</A>, <A HREF=”http://www.daghammarskjold.se/programme-areas/renewal-of-the-un-development-system/” TARGET=”_blank)”>UN Renewal</A>, <A HREF=”http://www.daghammarskjold.se/programme-areas/hammarskjolds-legacy/” TARGET=”_blank)”>Hammarskjöld’s Legacy</A>
Our mission is to prevent violence against women by transforming the norms and cultures that enable it. We carry out this mission by building a critical mass of change agents worldwide—the Breakthrough Generation—whose bold collective action will deliver irreversible impact on the issue of our time.
The Carter Center's Human Rights House: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Human Rights House provides quality training and technical support to 73 NGO partners in the areas of project design, financial management and fundraising, investigating human rights violations, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Special projects to date have focused on the fairness of mining contracts and training police officers in human rights issues and practices in the DRC.
United Nations Development Programme
UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
Coalition for Action on Resolution 1325
The Coalition for Action on 1325, (COACT) works through member organizations to address the needs of women at all Levels in Uganda by strengthening civil society voice, coordinating action for the full implementation of UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, and sharing learning, experiences and good practice. Our mission is to engage and develop individual and institutional capacities to deliver on the women, peace and security agenda. Our vision is a coalition of excellence that contributes to a world in which women realize their full potential.
Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University
IDN connects research and academic programs at Emory and The Carter Center’s Peace and Health programs to strengthen scholarship on development and provide direct support to development efforts in some of the poorest countries in the world. Through research and action, IDN is reshaping the role of higher education in international development.
The Center for Disease Control's Division for Violence Prevention
The Center for Disease Control's Division for Violence Prevention is committed to stopping violence before it begins (i.e., primary prevention). The division's work involves monitoring violence-related injuries, conducting research on the factors that put people at risk or protect them from violence, creating and evaluating the effectiveness of violence prevention programs, helping state and local partners plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs, and conducting research on the effective adoption and dissemination of prevention strategies.
The Oneness Project
Founded on the principle that the oneness of humanity is the key to our nobility, prosperity and survival on Earth, the Oneness Project leverages the talent and resources of the music and entertainment industries to combat racism and prejudice. It mentors young people to express their social conscience through music and the arts and collaborates with like-minded organizations to promote unity in diversity.
Sojourners ministries grew out of the Sojourners Community, located in Southern Columbia Heights, an inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The community began at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, in the early 1970s when a handful of students began meeting to discuss the relationship between their faith and political issues, particularly the Vietnam War. In 1971, the group decided to create a publication that would express their convictions and test whether other people of faith had similar beliefs. What emerged was a publication committed to social justice and peace: The Post-American. We seek to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with people of other perspectives, for the common good of communities, families and individuals. We articulate that vision, convene and mobilize constituencies, and build alliances for effective advocacy.
4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL) is a 501c3 unique collaborative energizing a social change movement for our world’s girls. Our global mission is to transform the deep-seated mindset, the root cause of all girls’ suffering – from seeing girls as human trash to 1 billion strong, our most powerful force for change. Our local action is generating, electrifying and showing our world the power of girls – the next generation of empowered women leaders who will transform our world.
“Fuuse explores the diversity of modern societies and cultures with honesty and compassion. Whether on film or television, online or at live events, Fuuse seeks to bring voices and stories from the margins of the mainstream media into the heart of public discourse. Only through creating more inclusive dialogue across, and within, cultures and communities can we hope to foster understanding. Only through fearlessly confronting complex, controversial topics can we hope to challenge prejudice. That is my passion and this is Fuuse’s purpose.” – Deeyah Khan, filmmaker and Fuuse founder. Founded in 2010 and based in Oslo and London, Fuuse is an independent media and arts production company that tells the stories of those often silenced or ignored by the media. Fuuse exists to make heard the voices of women, people from minorities and third culture kids, to encourage debate and to celebrate diversity. Over the past few years, Fuuse has reached audiences of millions across more than 25 countries. Our first ever documentary film Banaz: A Love Story won an Emmy and Peabody award, and our second documentary, Jihad received a BAFTA nomination for best current affairs film. From our documentary films and our online magazine sister-hood, through to our annual global Fuuse Women conference, to our music productions and our live events, Fuuse is fearless in its outlook and fierce in its attitudes.
U.S. Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence. Vision A world without violent conflict. Mission To prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.
Media Monitor for Women Network
Media Monitor for Women Network aims to promote gender equality in media and women’s communication rights. It adheres to rectifying the discriminating and disparaging attitude towards women as well gender stereotypes, so as to increase the visibility of women and gender issues in media and communication, to enable more women to access to media and communication to express their thoughts and ideas and to improve female journalists’ status in media and communication agencies.
We are the nation's largest grassroots peace network, with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. We organize our grassroots network to place pressure on Congress and the Administration through write-in campaigns, internet actions, citizen lobbying and direct action. Through a close relationship with progressive members of Congress, we play a key role in devising strategies to move forward peace legislation, and, as a leading member of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War coalitions, we lend our expertise and large network to achieving common goals.
Eagle Down Foundation
The Eagle Down Foundation seeks to support youth from around the globe with a vision and commitment to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Through the funding and implementation of peace education initiatives, adventure camps, workshops, and conferences, The Eagle Down Foundation encourages youth to act as a symbol of unity in a world often divided by ethno-religious borders and to find dignity, beauty and value in their differences as they inspire others to do the same.
Institute for Global Engagement
Believing firmly in universal human dignity, IGE works toward a future in which people of all faiths and none have full freedom of conscience and equal citizenship. IGE advances the view that religious freedom—properly implemented—is integral to a flourishing society, and a stable state. IGE does so transparently, convening, connecting, and facilitating consensus among government officials, religious leaders, and scholars about the essential role of religious freedom in their region and country. Through its global network of partners at the national and provincial level, IGE creates mechanisms for mutually respectful and open dialogue. Through its research and education, IGE equips citizens and government leaders to work together toward a shared understanding of the meaning and benefits of religious liberty. Similarly, IGE also prepares current and emerging leaders to effectively engage in global affairs in ways that enhance religious freedom.
Alliance for Peacebuilding
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is the institutional home for the peacebuilding community—a network of over 100 organizations working to resolve conflict and create sustainable peace in 153 countries. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and the most powerful peacebuilding groups—and our partners span a range of sectors, including environment, education, unarmed citizen protection, business, media, the arts, and more—all working toward the shared goal of peace. AfP amplifies the voices of peacebuilders worldwide, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone. Our vision is to advance sustainable peace and security worldwide. We believe in a systems approach to peacebuilding that recognizes the complexity of modern conflict, and which connects the multiple sectors working for peace—making strong linkages between the local, national, regional, and global levels to create
Voice of a Practitioner in Pakistan - Mossarat Qadeem
Ms. Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a nonprofit group promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis. With PAIMAN, she established the country’s first center for conflict transformation and peacebuilding, which has helped thousands of young people and women across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pukhtunkwa province to prevent and resolve conflict. Their contribution is the development of PAIMAN's Mothers and Youth Peace Groups (TOLANA) an innovative way of neutralizing extremist tendencies through community mobilization, active citizenship and community empowerment for building social cohesion. Using Quran and Sunnah as the basis of alternate narrative to extremists’ narrative that they have developed and uses to reform and transform the extremist youth is other great achievement of her organization. Ms. Qadeem is an internationally known expert on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization and has contributed to the policy framework development of UNDTEC New York, UNWomen. She was a minister of information of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province in the interim government and remains a member of FATA Reform Commission. In this episode of the Center for Strategic International Studies podcast, Mossarat shares her experience as a practitioner countering violent extremism at the grassroots levels in some of the most conflict-affected areas of Pakistan. She talks about the importance of building trust at the community-level and the contributions women can make to peace and security – locally and globally. <iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/272452608&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true"></iframe>