On Sunday 7th April, Sir Mark Rylance presented the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on our behalf. Read on to see why he supports us, and tune in to hear him make the case for locally-led peacebuilding!
“I’ve been a patron of Peace Direct since it was founded fifteen years ago. In this time, we’ve grown from a simple, sustainable idea to an international organisation working in twelve different countries with 16 local partners – but there are still so many more people and places to reach.
One example of the difference we make is in the remarkable story of Josephine, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was once a combatant but now builds peace in her community, thanks to the support of Peace Direct and our incredible local partner.
My belief in and passion for the work of Peace Direct means that it gives me great pleasure to have recently presented the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the charity. In it, I explain in more detail why I believe the local approach to peacebuilding is so vital, and I share more about Josephine’s story too.
You can listen to the appeal here.
Thank you so much, and I hope you will join me in supporting Peace Direct.”
Sir Mark Rylance
Hear more from Sir Mark below, and find out why he’s been a devoted supporter of Peace Direct since 2003.
This is the story of Michael, a local hero who runs Peace Initiative Network, a peacebuilding organisation supporting young people in the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. This video was produced by Zoomin.TV as part of their Local Heroes series. Read more »
Dishani Senaratne is a peacebuilder from Sri Lanka. After participating in an online consultation on youth and peacebuilding, she was invited to attend a series of events during the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. We spoke to Dishani about her experience, and what she gained from the visit. Read more »