The Middle East is widely regarded as an area of unmitigated negativity. However, there are more creative and hope-giving initiatives being undertaken than we might imagine. It is to some of these that a group from Lebanon and Syria will witness on a short European tour to Sweden, Norway and the UK between 21 April and 12 May. The visiting delegation is associated with the international Initiatives of Change movement, and they represent two networks which are working for peace in their countries through people finding new perspectives and a change of heart.
The official launch of the film 'Chad - a Journey to Hope' took place at the Centre Al Mouna in NDjamena, on 21 March. The launch was organised by the Chadian Association of Initiatives of Change and co-hosted together with Chad’s National Network for Peace & Reconciliation (CSAPR).
On Saturday 24 February, IofC Lebanon conducted its first outreach workshop in 2018, entitled ‘Let's Make a difference’ in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Aley. The event brought more than 24 participants together for a fruitful and invigorating discussion. Sixteen of the participants were newcomers and had their first experience with IofC and the organization’s rich history and core values.
Creators of Peace UK presented an afternoon on women and peacebuilding as part of the International Women’s Day Festival in Oxford. Kate Monkhouse, Executive Officer of Creators of Peace International, shared this message for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.
Rajmohan Gandhi, a former President of Initiatives of Change International, was a speaker this month in a debate at the Oxford Union on ‘This house regrets the Partition of India’. Other speakers included former Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid; Ashis Ray, India’s longest-serving foreign correspondent; and historian Professor Mridula Mukherjee. Nearly 300 students came to hear the debate, many of them with Pakistani or Indian heritage.