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.
It’s time to talk about peacebuilding
Tell the dictionaries it’s time to add “peacebuilding”
If you’re on Twitter, tweet at the dictionaries to tell them you want to see peacebuilding included in their next edition:
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Why do we want to add peacebuilding to the dictionary?
It’s not just because we hate that squiggly line that tells us we’ve made a spelling mistake every time we write peacebuilding (although that is a good reason).
We think it is time to recognise the extraordinary impact of peacebuilders who have worked hard to bring their societies out of violent conflict and into peace, work that is as vital as ever. More than that, we think it is vital that people have the language to understand the concept of peacebuilding, so that we can all focus on ending violent conflict in the long term by really addressing the reasons why people fight.
What do we want the dictionaries to add?
Peacebuilding (also seen peace-building, peace building)
noun | /pēs bildiNG/ [pees bil-ding]
“A broad range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current or post‐conflict situations and which are explicitly guided and motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict and the promotion of a lasting and sustainable peace.”
Throughout history, peacebuilders have made peace a reality amid devastating violence. Peacebuilders in Rwanda worked together to overcome a genocide and bring together perpetrators and survivors of violence to learn how to live side by side in their communities. Peacebuilders in Northern Ireland brought peace to a country that had suffered violence for generations. Peacebuilders in Yemen, Syria, DRC all are working hard to resolve conflict without violence and find a way to build long-term peace. Find out more about the work of local peacebuilders here.
So join us, and tell the dictionaries it’s time to talk about peacebuilding!
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