Category: Advocacy

Yemen: an update from Sana’a

The war in Yemen has left thousands dead and caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. Conflict has been going on for years but became especially violent in March 2017. Now, Over 7 million people face starvation and an outbreak of cholera is claiming more lives.

Two fearless women win prestigious award for human rights activism in conflict zones

Two fearless female activists, Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan and Gauri Lankesh from India, have won the prestigious RAW in WAR 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award for their courage speaking out against extremism against a backdrop of armed conflict. This award is testament to the power local people have to make a difference to thousands of lives.

A powerful story of change to celebrate Non-Violence Day

As global violence surges in the form of humanitarian crises, racial injustices and political oppression, it is important to show just how non-violent resistance can transform lives and communities. We share an inspiring story of nonviolent change from Pakistan, where recruitment by militant organisations threatens young lives and longer term peace.

9/11, 16 years later: what should we learn about peace not war?

16 years on the legacy of 9/11 continues to affect the world. As the US announces further troop deployments to Afghanistan, what can we learn from the local people building peace on the ground about avoiding terrorism and violent conflict?

Violence in Charlottesville

Events like Charlottesville and the equivocal responses from leadership may shock us, but the important thing is to ensure this has impact beyond its temporary ‘CNN effect’ or an opportunity to score political points. We must fully understand and embrace the need for processes of dialogue, social action, and transformation. If Americans unite in condemning hatred and violence, and commit to facing and addressing the long-standing racism and injustice, they can be a force for peace and the right kind of power in our society.

The Burundi Robotics Team: the real reason they went missing

The recent disappearance of six Burundian teenagers at a robotic challenge in the US opens up questions as to how effective US leadership and engagement could support Burundi (and neighbouring DR Congo) at a time when the situation demands active international diplomacy.

The woman battling violent extremism: Gulalai’s TEDx Exeter talk

In this TEDx Exeter talk, Gulalai reveals how she is building an equal and peaceful world, starting from her local community. From witnessing inequality as a young girl in Pakistan, to defying the Taliban and founding a peacebuilding organisation, this is a story of a courageous and inspiring woman.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders 2017: our annual awards open

Now in its fifth year, our Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards offer global recognition for grassroots peace activists in war zones around the world. These are the only global awards for local peacebuilders – inspiring individuals who are building a better tomorrow in the world’s most fragile places.

What role should local civil society play in Atrocity Prevention?

The newly introduced Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 gives important recognition to the role of local civil society in preventing genocide and atrocities. How can this be done on the ground? We look to our local partner for some answers.

Outbreak of violence in the Philippines: view from the ground

Last week deadly violence broke out on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. We are in regular touch with our local partner, Kapamagogopa Incorporated (KI), that works in the area. Here is an update from the ground about the situation, and what KI is doing in response.