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Lessons of nonviolence on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Next Monday, offices and schools around the United States and some other parts of the world will close in honour of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. What would King’s message to us today be? How would he respond to the types of injustice and violence we face today?

A vision of a just world

Peace Direct’s CEO, Dylan Mathews, looks back at 2015 and shares Peace Direct’s plans for the next 12 months.

Jerusalem on a knife edge

As street violence increases in Israel-Palestine, Shoshana Gottesman looks at the vital work of Heartbeat

The harshness of being a Syrian refugee in Lebanon

By the end of 2015 the UN estimates 1.8 million Syrian refugees will be living in Lebanon – and will make up one third of the Lebanese population. Our local correspondent for Lebanon, Sawssan Abou-Zahr speaks to some of these refugees about the struggles they face and their dreams for the future.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders photography prize

Peace Direct’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders photography prize looked for photos that best illustrated the theme of ‘local peacebuilding’. Images which capture the essence of local people actively building peace in their communities or localities -preventing conflict, resolving conflict as it happens, or healing the effects of conflict. $1,000 worth of camera gear was available in prizes.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders – 2015 winners

Last night the winners of the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards were announced at London’s Frontline Club, the home of international news journalism. Each will receive $10,000 in prize money to progress their life-saving peace work with local communities.

Conflict prevention at centre of new UK aid policy

Peace Direct are delighted to see the British government this week refocusing its overseas aid towards stopping conflicts around the world. Launching its new aid policy, the government committed 50% of its international development budget to ‘fragile countries and regions’ – many of which are conflict-affected – and recognised ‘the crucial role peace and security play in development’.

Eliminating violence against women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is observed on the 25th of November each year and aims to raise awareness of some of the gravest concerns facing women today – including systematic rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. The day was created by the United Nations to highlight … Continued