By Quentin Wodon, Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration According to the latest statistics from UNHCR, an estimated 84 million people have been forcibly displaced globally as of mid-2021. Within this group, 26.6 million are refugees and 4.4 million are seeking asylum. As the number of displaced individuals grows … More Supporting the resettlement of refugees
By Patience Rusare, Rotary Peace Fellow at Makerere University When I applied for my Rotary Peace Fellowship for a professional development postgraduate diploma in March 2020, I deliberately chose the new center in Africa, Makerere Rotary Peace Centre in Uganda. In my application, I noted: “My first preference is Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Makerere is located in the … More Rotary Peace Fellow using the media to create peace in Zimbabwe
By Victoria Ifould, International Giving Executive, ShelterBox ShelterBox and Rotary members have a mutual concern about the rising levels of global displacement and a shared passion to support those whose lives are torn apart by disaster and conflict. When war and conflict destroy homes and displace people, shelter is one of the essential building blocks … More ShelterBox’s response in Yemen
By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Service & Engagement staff Intercountry committees date back to the early 1930s when Rotary members from Germany and France organized a petit comité to further mutual understanding between Rotarians of those two countries. The idea caught on and nearly 30 committees were created in Europe by 1937 when war prevented them from functioning. … More Bridging differences for peace through intercountry committees
By Rebecca Crall, Areas of Focus Manager, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Peace doesn’t happen overnight. Peace is built in small, consistent ways over time. This may often seem counterintuitive, and even unproductive, in a culture where immediate gratification is our norm. While the peacebuilding process is often quiet, personal and complex, it is also one … More 5 reminders for peacebuilding in a chaotic world
Peace is fundamental to Rotary’s mission. In a time of heightened tensions and uncertainties due to COVID-19 and other factors, it is critically important that we work together to create environments where peace can thrive. February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. Learn how Rotary members around the world are promoting peace. … More Create environments of peace
By Fergal McCarthy, Peace Programs Manager To mark International Day of Peace on 21 September, we are focusing on girl empowerment one of RI President Shekhar Mehta’s presidential initiatives. Equality is a fundamental human right, and a key element of many of the eight pillars of positive peace. It’s a prerequisite for the creation of a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Yet still today, girls and young women across the globe continue to endure inequities in all parts of … More Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!
By Kim Dixon, President of Partnering for Peace, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and member of Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club 20-26 September 2021 Partnering for Peace (PFP), with support of Rotary International and the U.S. Peace Corps, will host a collaborative week-long virtual celebration to highlight an evolving and ongoing partnership between the two organizations. Please … More Rotary-Peace Corps Week 20-26 September
By: Rotary Service & Engagement staff Join 2020-21 RI President Holger Knaack at one of Rotary’s three virtual preconventions, taking place 10-11 June before the Virtual Rotary Convention. Register today for the Virtual Preconventions and the Rotary Convention: Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace A key component of Rotary’s peacebuilding strategy, intercountry committees help clubs and districts … More Participate in Rotary’s virtual Preconventions and Convention!
By Scott Martin, Global Partnership Manager, Mediators Beyond Borders International with Suki Kalra, Partnership Storyteller, Mediators Beyond Borders International The mission of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is to create a more peace “able” world by empowering community members, with an emphasis on youth being central to that mission. MBBI maintains a sharp focus on … More Youth Lead Peace Conversations