Combating human trafficking in the United States

By Past District Governor Bob Deering, Rotary Club of East Sacramento, California, USA According to Polaris, there are an estimated 100,000 - 300,000 prostituted children in the United States. 244,000 American children and youth are estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation. According to the California Attorney General Office, …

Sparking peace within your community

By the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) The Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) is a vital component of Rotary's vision for global peace. We support a peace ecosystem that meets the needs of local communities by connecting them with global resources, tools, and Rotarians. By investing, designing, and implementing peace projects, we are able …

Rotary’s Partners in Peace

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 …

Peace building conversations that can lead to connecting communities

By Scott R. Martin, 2017 Rotary Peace Fellow and Founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International As my Rotary Peace Fellowship came to a close in Bangkok, I was already planning my next steps but I had no idea how quickly the plan would unfold. I took three major lessons from my peace education: The …

Building Peace in the Middle East through water, sanitation, and hygiene

By Rotary Service Staff Last month, Rotary District 2452 had the honor of hosting the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Presidential Peacebuilding Conference in Beirut, Lebanon. For generations, access to water, one of the world’s most valuable commodities, has united and divided communities around the globe. The conference examined access to water, sanitation, and programs supporting …

Promoting peace alongside Palestinian community leaders

By the Rotarian Action Group for Peace In January, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace’s (RAGFP) Executive Director, Reem Ghunaim, journeyed from the RAGFP headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to conduct a peace tour in her home country of Palestine. Reem is a Rotary Peace Fellow from the Duke-UNC Peace Center in North Carolina, USA. As …

Building Peace through Environmental Sustainability in Vancouver

By Rotary Service Staff We’re bringing you a sneak peek inside the Environmental Sustainability Peacebuilding Conference, hosted in Vancouver, Canada on 10 February, 2018 . There’s still time to register for the remaining Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences: 24 February – Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace, Coventry, England, United Kingdom 17 March – Economic and Community Development and …

4 ways to build peace through Rotary

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and …

2017 Presidential Peace Conference – Celebrate Rotary’s continued commitment to Peace

By Past District Governor Rudy Westervelt, Conference Program Chair, and Past RI Director Robert Stuart, Conference Chair Dear friends, Join RI President John Germ and us in Atlanta on 9 and 10 June, immediately preceding the RI Convention, for the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The conference will discuss …

Rotary programs offer opportunities to advance world peace

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff February is Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Month, a great time to take action in promoting peace worldwide. Rotary offers a variety of programs that allow members to discover new cultures, exchange ideas, promote global understanding, and develop leaders who become catalysts for peace. Here are a few ways you …