The Caux conference on Just Governance for Human Security in July brought together participants from East and West Ukraine and from Crimea. Intense discussion took place between all sides. Yet people recognized the importance of having a genuine dialogue, however painful it might be, and often found much in common at the level of fundamental principles. Out of these discussions came a ‘Platform for Ukrainian-Russian Contact, Dialogue and Initiatives’ in both Russian and Ukrainian.
Since the month of June 2014, 13 Creators of Peace Circles have taken place reaching and sparking personal transformation in over 200 women from different parts of Kenya - and they are still going on! We must mention that we have taken the Peace Circles to areas that are hard to reach due to poor road network and to people who are mostly forgotten but who matter a lot - the women on the low side of economic life. We will take you on a journey of the different Peace Circles that have taken place, sharing what it has meant for the women and for our country Kenya. We start off our journey with the County of Nakuru. Here, two Peace Circles took place in two slum areas - Bondeni and Kivumbini.
Initiatives of Change International has released a press statement about current world crises, signed by former Presidents Cornelio Sommaruga, Mohamed Sahnoun and Rajmohan Gandhi, as well as current President Omnia Marzouk and the whole International Council.
On the evening of 18 July 2014, something unusual happened at Caux, the international conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Switzerland. A young, up and coming band of musicians, from inner city Manchester took centre stage to perform to an international audience.
Anna Bondarenko, CoP coordinator and trainer for Foundations for Freedom, has sent this report of the first ever Creators of Peace Circle in Crimea - and the first to be held in Russian. Questions were raised such as ‘How to live now?’ ‘How to have inner peace and peaceful relationships in the peninsula with neighbours and even families in many cases divided into different sides, having pro Russian or pro Ukrainian positions?’ ‘What role can they, the women, have in the current situation?’
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele arrived in the UK for the eagerly anticipated Beyond Forgiving Speaking Tour (18-30 May) that aimed to inspire and left many lingering on the key question of ‘could you forgive?’