We live in a local community where there is often violence based on mistrust and fear between the different religious groups. We see that women can meet together to learn about religions within our community and create harmony together and have a positive influence on our families and larger social circles. We have held regular meetings for four years in different religious groups to get to know each other and our customs so as to support women to create calm and harmony between religious groups in our community. Recently we held a large meeting with deep discussion about our religious holidays – sharing customs and rituals. We hold regular meetings with Jewish women’s groups from other communities to strengthen connections between women in our local region and country - from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem -- and to learn more about other religions. We are a program within the Daliat Ha Carmel Community Center and therefore are part of the Israeli National Community Center system and have access to meet regularly with the twenty other Arab community centers, and the many Jewish community centers.
Mahila Chetna Kendra CC is located in Dera village outside of New Delhi, India. They work with women from Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jain communities, primarily bringing them together for economic empowerment and vocational training programs. The Hindu and Muslim Gujjar communities are prone to misunderstandings and violence. By providing interfaith spaces to learn and work together, Mahila Chetna Kendra is advancing prospects for women and helping them forge strong relationships with peers from diverse backgrounds.
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Maia was formed by a shared vision of living simply in nature and the understanding of self-sustainability in the backdrop of climate change and peak. Members are from a mix of cultures and nationalities. The ecovillage hosts people from many countries and many cultural and spiritual practices As an ecovillage, the purpose of this Cooperation Circle is to engage earth practices in sustainable peacebuilding across cultures, faiths, and beliefs promoting the idea of shared earth stewardship to bridge people in dialogue and wise action for the earth community in the face of ongoing ecological crises. Ecovillages, defined as “human-scale settlements, rural or urban, that strive to create models for sustainable living” have been globally recognized in modelling resilience and adaptation to ecological changes. As an ecovillage, Maia works in the backdrop of climate change and peak oil. Using ecovillage design models, members engage leaders, organizations, and communities in self-sustainability practices through permaculture gardening, appropriate technologies, waste management, natural home building, and conscious family and community living. At the core of their work is the
Our purpose is to develop interreligious harmony.
Our Cooperation Circle promotes interreligious harmony and peace by creating awareness about the aims and objectives of URI through workshops and seminars.
Makers of Hope for Human Rights (SHM) is a new young leaders (18-30) led foundation that was established in 2013. The group is formed by young male and female community leaders who are active in the field of human rights, environment issues, minority rights, and women rights; they are students from different disciplines. They work in a project called Women, Peace and Security, which emphasizes the importance of women’s leadership and political involvement in peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected countries. They are equipping both young women and men in monitoring community security to hold the Libyan Government accountable on establishing the rule of law and human rights. This way, both female and male young community leaders work in a collective spirit on a common goal that envisions Libya as a state in which women’s rights (as part of human rights) are adhered to. The two Dutch NGOs collaborating on this project – Cordaid and Human Security Collective - bring significant development and advocacy experience into this project. Young community leaders use new media to access and share information, express opinions, improve campaign outreach, build new networks and advocate for community security. The ultimate goal of the project is to strengthen community security through young community leaders in monitoring human security in their own communities. Messages involving dialogue, reconciliation and non-violent conflict resolution will be more widely disseminated among the Libyan public.
Our purpose is to maintain communal harmony and peace and elevate cultural values by creating a platform to bring people from various religions and traditions together.
Manbazar Chandra Memorial’s motto is to build a harmonious community with people from every tradition and religion, and to bring about justice and peace. Our Cooperation Circle has engaged everyone from government official to community leaders to uplift our community. We have organized health camps for tribal children planted trees, and hosted sports events.
The project draws inspiration from local sacred circles popularly referred to as the Mandala which means "Sacred Circle" in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Existing in almost all of the world's traditions, the circle has been a medium for integration and seeing all things as whole, interconnected elements. Using the mandala as medium, process, and message, valuable earth wisdom coming from the local culture and practice are applied to the existing conditions that need solutions and actions.
The CC’s purpose is to support and empower communities in tapping existing knowledge, capacities and resources to address existing ecological, social, and/or political conditions. Transformational community actions are designed using integral, innovative, and whole systems design and approach. Through shared earth stories, the project hopes to derive collective wisdom that holds space for Earth Wisdom to be remembered, explored, translated, and most importantly - applied to some of the pressing issues humanity and the earth face today in relation to conflict, ecological degradation, and climate change related disasters. At this moment CC members are working on the following projects: Earth Wisdom Circle, Kites for Peace, Seed Story Project, Living Library Project, Project Rainbow, Cocoon Dream Lab, and Inner Climate Change. Something outstanding about these projects is that they are all accompanied by wonderful partners.
There is very little interfaith conflict in Malawi, but there is a separation between religious groups. Mangochi Central West CC aims to build on the peace, by creating unity and cohesion where there is separation. Peace, for them, is not just the absence of conflict. They have a vision of creating peace, love and harmony between all people of different religions and tribes. For this they need co-operation, a collective spirit and common purpose. The people of Mangochi Central West are very modest with unemployment sitting at around 70%. With resources being so limited, they have become highly creative about how to raise funds and then how to stretch those funds to get optimal benefit from them. Doing maintenance jobs at the various places of worship using the skills of the group members is one clever initiative. The group is highly organized, committed and passionate about their country, their lives and their future. They present a united front. They are clear about their needs – education, information. Unlike in other parts of Malawi, the women are activel and we at least five of them occupy important positions in the executive of the group They want their children to be able to progress and to grow up seeing their parents being active healthy citizens.