The 22nd Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC), 'Youth for Change: Ethical Leadership and Trust Building toward Inclusive Global Society', was held in Bandung and was attended by 90 young people from 13 different countries and backgrounds.
With great diversity of ages, jobs and life experiences, 11 women got together for a new Peace Circle in Sitio Sao Luiz, base of Initiatives of Change in Brazil. All with a common interest: building personal peace to take it to their surroundings afterwards.
As the world watches the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Initiatives of Change is pleased to release a historic film from the port of Rio. Men of Brazil tells the true story of Brazilian port workers struggle in the 1950s which saw the first democratic election in the history of the port. We celebrate the dedication and courage of the Brazilian port workers and their families in telling their story and of IofC’s work over the years in Brazil by presenting this film online.
"I believe that young women who are going through dark days of neglect and depression can overcome their problems if they see past the pain and understand that how you feel about yourself is what you allow yourself to feel." Reflections on Living Peace by Alisi Waqainabete from Fiji
"To be a peacemaker means to be challenged and confronted with my own weakness, and to be tested by God and the universe in order to carry out the task properly." Reflections on Living Peace by Iman AlGhafari from Syria.
"If real peace was to become alive and active in my life, I needed peace to somehow become part of my daily routine. That meant discipline and being truthful to my decision – even through uninspired periods and periods of no visible results." Reflections on Living Peace by Ragnhild H. Østmo from Norway
As we begin the 25th anniversary conference for Creators of Peace at Caux, 6 women from our global network from Australia, Burundi, Fiji, Norway, Switzerland and Syria will share their reflections on what a 'living peace' means to them. Bek Brown, a member of the Conference Organising Committee, begins by sharing her thoughts on what will make this week of ‘living peace’ so special.
Who is speaking out? Who is stepping up? Who will be a voice for peace in a world of conflict and hatred? Ten women met in June in a Peace Circle at Trinity Washington University to reflect upon what peace meant to them. Trinity students, staff, and faculty from all three branches of the Abrahamic faiths—Jewish, Muslim and Christian—met with other women in the city to tell their personal stories, share their faith, and address their circles of concern about peace.
Arshaluys Mushkambaryan, who has introduced Creators of Peace to Armenia, had attended Peace Circles in India, at Asia Plateau in 2015 and had felt that her country needs this project on a local basis to help people to overcome inner and outer disturbances and build peace within and around them.