As we approach International Day of Peace on 21 September, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. International Peace Day is an opportunity to recognize and advance strengthening the ideals of peace, inclusivity, and justice. The vast Rotary network offers many resources for peacebuilding, intercultural understanding, the advancement of interpersonal and intercultural dialogue, and fostering goodwill locally and abroad. Rotary’s partners provide clubs and districts with direct access to technical guidance, strategies, and resources to be successful with peacebuilding projects, reconciliation programs, and conflict mitigation:
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) works with clubs, districts, and Rotary alumni to improve a communities’ capacity to heal from conflict, reconcile differences, and prevent the escalation of future issues to build more a more stable future. MBBI trains Rotarians and Rotaractors to be peace facilitators, engaging Rotary alumni to be synergists and project leaders, assisting clubs with community assessments and conflict prevention/resolution projects, and connecting the Rotary network with peacebuilding resources.
Peace Corps provides opportunities for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to work alongside U.S. volunteers training in the humanitarian development sector to empower communities and connect them to resources for a brighter future. By working on water and sanitation, economic and community development, or basic education and literacy projects, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Peace Corps Volunteers together lay the foundation for peace, stability, and prosperity.
Habitat for Humanity International works with clubs and districts to provide long-term safe, secure housing for families in need of better housing options. Rotarians and Rotaractors also work with Habitat to provide communities with access to clean driving water and start or expand income-generating ventures that empower independence and provide financial stability.
Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank and leader in the study of peace and conflict, helps Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary alumni address the root causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace. Participate in IEP’s Rotary Peace Academy – a free online learning platform that includes modules and interactive tools to teach users how to apply new peacebuilding methods and mobilize communities to address the underlying causes of conflict.
ShelterBox works with the Rotary family to provide emergency shelter and relief materials to communities impacted by disasters. Reliable and safe temporary housing options expedite and longer-term recovery of communities impacted by disasters.
Rotary partners with seven universities globally who host our Rotary Peace Centers. The centers empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peacebuilders through various academic programs, field experience, and global networking opportunities. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers. In just over 15 years, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1200 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Bank, or have started their own foundations and initiatives, from Ghana to Greece, and from Central Asia to Washington D.C. Help recruit Rotary’s next cohort of Rotary Peace Fellows.
Learn more about how you can promote peace in you communities.