Traditions: Islam, Christian, Hindu
Purpose: To promote peace building, equal citizenship, and human rights by creating common spaces for dialogue to be catalysts for peace, with a focus on youth.
ADD for Life raises awareness on the grassroots level (Youth, CSO,...) on religious pluralism, geopolitics of religions and interfaith relations. In addition they have introduced educational policies and programs in national schools. These education programs promote inclusive citizenship for religious diversity and the coexistence necessary to develop communication for the promotion of ADD for Life’s concepts and values. They have also developed a methodology to assess the effectiveness of intercultural and interfaith programs.
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Al-Karma and CIDT offers internships to Egyptian and Western students to work on papers on interreligious understanding for publication in the electronic magazine Arab-West Report (AWR). AWR was established in 1997 with the specific goal of fostering better understanding of the Arab world and also showing how polemics and biased media reporting can negatively impact understanding on each side of the Arab-West and Muslim-non-Muslim divide. Members of the CC are encouraged to contribute to the forum of the Electronic Network for Arab- West Understanding (ENAWU) on issues related to interreligious understanding (www.enawu.org).
CC purpose is to promote intercultural understanding and global common action for global equal citizenship, respecting human rights, and building peace across the globe.
CC members contribute to local society building, sustainable social development by empowering people and building their skills, offering them exchange experience, training them in intercultural understanding and respect for a more peaceful world. They conduct Intercultural programs with International volunteers. They involve them in community service projects and capacity building activities. They are also engaged in networking, experience and resources sharing with likewise organizations and initiatives. Normally they do these projects with Americans universities’ students.
They host about 20 American volunteers from American Universities per year and they have engaged them in their projects for the last 8 years. These projects included combating students leak from schools through awareness campaigns (March 2013 until now), Community service and volunteer activities. For example they conducted Madinaty Ajmal “My city is more beautiful” project and they cleaned streets, painted the walls and sidewalks, planted trees…etc. Other projects included food and clothes distribution, orphanage support…etc. They organized seven capacity building programs for women, youth, mature, children, unemployed…etc. and thirteen Intercultural dialogue trainings
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With the hopes of spreading a culture of tolerance in Tunisia, members arranged a meeting for 30 bloggers from across Tunisia to come up with a Charter/Code of Ethics to ensure that they will not spread rumors or fake news and will not promote violence. They also ran a campaign to spread awareness about the HIV (AIDS) disease; they organized a rap music party for 120 youth, and spread AIDS awareness. They organized capacity building for newly established non-profit organizations, teaching them how to blog and publish their work on social media. This group’s most memorable moment was spending time with talented but impoverished youth, helping them create art. CC members’ future plans include creating more films about youth in neglected areas in order to have their voices heard across the country. They also hope to establish a radio show to unite youth.
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Distinguished scholars and activists from different religious and professional backgrounds established the council of Arakhna (elders) and wise in Egypt in 2014 to promote peaceful co-existence among followers of different religions and to prevent violence and promote early conflict resolution in Egypt.
Their main focus is interaction with Egyptian stakeholders to defend the rights of the minorities and oppressed people, and the organization of interfaith dialogues forums to promote human rights, dignity and peaceful co-existence. They want to assure that all citizens of Egypt have the same opportunities regardless of their religious or gender backgrounds.
This group of Arab Muslim Sunnis, Jews, Amazigh (Tashelheet, Tamazighet, and Tarefeet) and Sahrawi (nomads) come together to increase an understanding about the importance of intercultural dialogue to build peace and respect among people of different faiths. Members have participated in international gatherings that brirng Arabs and Israelis together to work collaboratively to achieve peace in the Middle East. Some are members of YALA, an initiative that uses social media and technology to bring young people together to build an online academy and an online musicians forum, as well as organizing sports and cultural activities. They are active in Euro-Arab and Euro-med intercultural exchanges and dialogue. To visit their website, click here: http://socialchange2020.wordpress.com/
FoEME is bringing together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. They seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region through their Environmental Peacemaking work. They have offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv and they are a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental network in the world. They are a project-oriented organization; hence, their work is organized according to projects. Friends of the Earth Middle East have been involved in community development projects in the Jordan Valley since the early 2000s. Some of their ongoing projects: 1-The "Good Water Neighbors" (GWN) project aims at raising awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis. 2-Projects - Jordan River Rehabilitation, 3-The "Protecting Groundwater" project aims to promote sustainable management of water resources and alleviate pollution of groundwater in Mediterranean Basins.4- FoEME EcoParks, FoEME has developed 3 EcoParks; whether to preserve biodiversity, or as a powerful tool for environmental education, they are important community based projects.5- Jordan River Peace Park, which is considered as the concrete first step towards rehabilitating the Jordan River, endorsed by the mayors and communities on both sides of the River.