URI Welcomes 12 New Cooperation Circles

27 October 2017, 12:34 PM
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Somalia Women Encouragement Center - SOWEC (Somalia, Africa)

Somali Women Encouragement Center (SOWEC) is a local center based in Somalia. It was established in 2015 by a group of intellectuals and scholars who identified needs and problems in a country with decades of unrest and civil wars. Members are providing a public service to women and children who are the most vulnerable groups in society because of the widespread poverty.

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All Congo Interfaith Platform - ACIP (Democratic Republic of Congo - DRC, Africa)

The All Congo Inter-Faiths Platform (ACIP) is a congregation made of 8 officially-recognized religious communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is open to other traditional religious groups. ACIP emerged as early as in 1992, during the Sovereign National Conference (CNS), a national gathering hosted by President Mobutu to bridge the national reconciliation. It was clear that religious communities had to unite to help the country heal the wounds of dictatorship and build a united and prosperous country. The Platform played a major role during the transition to ensure that the road to historical elections was not blocked. Those efforts led to the first democratic elections in the country. As a group that promotes mutual understanding and a shared future between religious communities, ACIP believes in the power of religion to heal the wounds and reunite mankind.

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Consejo Indigena Regional (Indigenous Regional Council) MCC (Latin America and the Caribbean)

This Multiple Cooperation Circle's purpose is to articulate the work of the Indigenous Cooperation Circles in the processes of rebuilding of the cosmovision of all Peoples and Nations. The MCC is made up of 12 Cooperation Circles based in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela.

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Peace and Human Security - PHSO (Iraq, Middle East and North Africa)

PHSO seeks to achieve peace and resolve violence through human experiments/studies and the science of human security. We are working with different bodies to build a better future for the Kurdistan region of Iraq through publishing research and experiments about peace, and the culture of “no for violence” and conflict resolution in a legal and peaceful way.

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Peace For All (Tunisia, Middle East and North Africa)

Peace For All's  purpose is building a culture of peace and tolerance between people, particularly the youth. Our activities include: youth empowerment through engaging young people in capacity-building programs; interfaith dialogue "debates about religions"; cultural exchanges including organizing/co-organizing EuroMed/ Erasmus+ projects; publications, research, analysis and studies related to youth empowerment, intercultural understanding, women’s empowerment and religious tolerance. 

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Spiritual Directors International - SDI (URI Multiregion, based in the United States)

Our purpose is to foster a worldwide community around the practice of spiritual direction. Through conferences, publications, community meetings, webinars, books, videos and other offerings to spiritual ministers, we aim to nurture, sustain and enhance the activities of spiritual directors worldwide. We lead yearly conferences and publications, especially “presence”, leader of the spiritual director community. We value inclusivity, diversity, and robust dialogue, but primarily contemplation. We focus on the arts, community building, education, health and social services, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and media.

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Naisha Foundation (Nigeria, Africa)

Our purpose is to end religiously-motivated violence and to create a culture of peace, justice and healing, so that all Nigerians can live in peace and harmony, irrespective of our differences. Our activities promote interfaith and intercultural understanding and dialogue through ICT education. We aim for enhanced social justice, peace and harmony, religious communities, and living together as brothers and sisters without wars. We have offered training and empowerment opportunities, using ICT education as a tool for peacebuilding. 

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Sudanese Community Pak CC (Islamabad, Pakistan, Asia)

We are working to organize functions seminar and conferences especially on World Interfaith Harmony Week and UN International Day of Peace celebrations. Our desired outcome is the establishment of love, peace, harmony and cooperation amongst the believers of various religions. For a long time, we have been working at promoting religious peace and harmony, and now we have a great desire to join URI and become a Cooperation Circle to do more work in this field. We value respect for all that is common among us, and also respect for what is different among us. Every human person is to be respected.

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Confederated Descendants of Rajah Mamalu Inc. CC (Maguindanao, Philippines, Southeast Asia and the Pacific)

We seek to empower indigenous peoples (IPs) in advancing their rights and welfare; to participate in building and raising the awareness and understanding of IPs roles; to develop IPs-related research and policies; and to promote the indigenous political structure or customary governance system. Our activities involve IP tribal leaders, youth, women’s empowerment, advocacy for IP human rights, mental health, and livelihood projects. 

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Wipe My Tears Foundation (Republic of South Sudan, Africa)

We aim to build connection, trust and harmony in our community. We foster awareness of HIV/AIDS and disabilities. We help orphans and street children to live free from violence and discrimination, and empower them to make decisions affecting their lives.

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Student Aid Drop (Bulgaria, Europe)

Our work includes fundraising, making aid drops at refugee camps, raising awareness at universities through different events, and holding intercultural events.

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Dreamz Unlimited Foundation (URI Multiregion, based in India, Iran and other countries)

We aim for social development in which there is no base of caste, creed, color or sex, while providing help to the poor and disabled.

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Learn more about these groups and URI's other Cooperation Circles.

Cooperation Circles Involved

All Congo Interfaith Platform

“Our purpose is to strengthen inter-religious cooperation across the DRC. We promote a culture of peace and mutual understanding among faith leaders and among followers of different beliefs. Out of many, we ensure to stay one and united as people created in the image of God. We contribute in building bridges and crossover religious and traditional limitations to be fully helpful to Mother Earth and to every human being. Part of our daily effort is reaching the national reconciliation which is key to social acceptance and mutual understanding. We strengthen the bones of unity and solidarity among people of different religions and beliefs.”

Peace and Human Security

" Our purpose is to achieve peace and resolve violence through human experiments/studies and the science of human security. We are working with different bodies to build a better future for Kurdistan region of Iraq through publishing researches and experiments about peace, the culture of “no for violence” and conflict resolution in a legal and peaceful way. "

Confederated Descendants of Rajah Mamalu Inc. CC

"Our purpose is to empower indigenous peoples (IPs) in advancing their rights and welfare; To participate in building and raising the awareness and understanding of IPs roles; To develop IPs-related research and policies, and to promote the indigenous political structure or customary governance system."