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Thursday, 11 August, 2016

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.

Thursday, 04 August, 2016
Alisi Waqainabete

"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

Thursday, 04 August, 2016
Iman AlGhafari and Kate Monkhouse

"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.

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
Ragnhild H. Østmo

"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

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
Bek Brown

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.

Saturday, 30 July, 2016
Peace Circle group Trinity Washington University

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.

Friday, 29 July, 2016
Creators of Peace participants in Armenia

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.

Thursday, 28 July, 2016
Memorial established at the site of the Nice attacks, July 16, 2016 (Photo: H.Murdock/VOA)

After the random killings that took place in France, Germany and the Middle East in July under the inspiration of what we cannot but call an international criminal organization, Initiatives of Change France wishes to express its shared sense of sorrow to all the victims, their relatives and friends, to the Christian community that was targeted, while strongly denouncing the inhumanity of the killing of innocents.

Thursday, 28 July, 2016
Workshop participant Aysha Dafalla reads a Peace Declaration from an open-air truck at the scene of the bomb blast in Eastleigh. Also present, from left to right, Pastor James Wuye, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, District Commissioner Omar Beja and District Commisioner George Natembeya.

'We assume from afar and you can kill someone based on assumption. We have learned a bitter lesson.' This line from 'The Imam and the Pastor' film leads the report of a conference on 'International Intervention: the Future?', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, Surrey University, on 18 and 19 July.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016
Merel Rumping Justin Makii

Over 30 million people worldwide are in need of prosthetics but have no access to them—a statistic that shocked the Caux audience. Merel Rumping from The Netherlands explained the concept of LegBank, whose mission is to ‘increase access to affordable, qualitative prostheses for low-income amputees in upcoming economies’.