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Providing tools for reconciliation: opening up to your own suffering in order to heal the wounds of the past, recognising the suffering of others and looking at your own mistakes and those of your community, asking for or granting forgiveness. Getting to the root of conflicts by striking at the frustrations, fears, personal or community hatreds, mindsets of exclusion, prejudices and contempt that give rise to conflicts.
Supporting the leaders on all sides to help them to set out a vision and long-term strategy that will take into account the interests of all parties and to take up stances that are conducive to peace.
Creating a network of people united through relations of trust and committed to promoting reconciliation beyond national and regional fault lines. The most effective way of encouraging the desired questioning and changes in mindsets is through personal accounts of changes experienced, presented on video, visual learning aids and direct personal accounts.
The project enjoys funding from the Swiss Foreign Affairs Ministry (DFAE).
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'