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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?

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.

A better approach to tackling extremism

Rather than costly, reactionary military intervention, the US should help tackle violent extremism by supporting local and peer-to-peer approaches that address root causes of violence and support young people at risk of recruitment to turn away from violence.

Introducing Peacewatch: Yemen

Peace Direct launches a new strand of its work researching and engaging with local peacebuilders. The first in an original series of reports focuses on Yemen.

Aleppo update

Overnight, hopes grew that a ceasefire might allow for the remaining population to flee eastern Aleppo. This morning, no residents have yet been allowed to leave and there are reports of renewed shelling.