Category: Messages of Peace

Amadou’s Story

Amadou lives in the town of Mopti in central Mali, and works for a local organisation providing support to young people affected by violence in the country. His story helps us to understand the way young people experience conflict in the region, and the ways to support their successful reintegration into society as active citizens and promoters of peace.

#GivingTuesday: the gift of peace

Happy Giving Tuesday!   It’s #GivingTuesday – a chance for you, your friends and your family to celebrate and give back to the people and causes close to your heart!  This holiday season, we’re celebrating the tireless work of our local partners stopping wars and building peace – one person at a time. We’d love nothing more than for you to support their vital work around the … Continued

The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge 2018

Thanks to your support, we raised £32,130 in the Christmas Challenge! The Big Give’s #Christmas Challenge has been hugely successful for us this year. Thanks to your support, we raised over £32,000 to support the work of local people building peace around the world. Between 27 November and 4 December, we reached and exceeded our target. Through the generosity … Continued

Calling all storytellers

The art of weaving words and imagination together to make a story is a tradition as ancient as humanity itself. We are co-writing a book aimed at providing practical guidelines and tools for peacebuilders, and are collecting peacebuilding stories to be included. We want to hear how people are responding to conflict and building safer communities, in their own words.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018: meet the winners

Over the last few months, the Peace Direct team has reviewed over 300 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders applications from local organisations around the world; the highest turnout to date. Hosted at #PeaceCon2018 in Washington DC, we announced the three winning organisations, and celebrated the nine finalists who all demonstrate the most exciting and innovative peacebuilding activites.

International Day of the Girl: Change starts now 

International Day of the Girl is an opportunity for us to celebrate, empower and support women and girls. It reminds us of their resilience and ability to overcome challenges at times when conflict has greatly impacted their lives and those of their communities. 

International Day of Peace 2018: What does peace mean to you?

From Somalia to Sri Lanka, our work in war zones around the world shows us that peace means different things to different people. For International Day of Peace 2018 we are running a campaign asking people what peace means to them. For some of us, peace is simply the absence of war. To others, it can mean something altogether more complex. Here are some of the inspiring messages you have already shared with us when we asked ‘What does peace mean to you?’

Top takeaways from our Peace Exchange

This summer Peace Direct held a Peace Exchange in Beirut, Lebanon – a gathering of peacebuilders from around the world working to resolve conflict in their communities and build sustainable peace. The Exchange brought together 23 individuals from ten countries, representing 14 different grassroots organisations.

Let’s get peacebuilding in the dictionary

Warmonger, despot, brutality, warfare – all of these words are in the dictionary, and for good reason. It’s important to have the words to express the world around us, particularly those related to violent conflict, which is on the rise around the world and one of the leading causes of human suffering. But it’s also important to be able to talk about how we can build peace.

Shortlist announced for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018

The shortlist for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised. We received over 300 entries from peacebuilding organisations from around the world, and nine entries have been selected to go on to the next stage.