Be a disruptor for peace: 4 ways to generate peaceful change

By Rebecca Crall, Areas of Focus Manager, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention In a recent conversation with a group of professional peacebuilders, one of my colleagues (and a new Rotary member) surprised me when he referred to Rotary as a “disruptor for peace.” A disruptor for peace? That was something new and unexpected. Disruption signals significant, … More Be a disruptor for peace: 4 ways to generate peaceful change

Rotary International-Peace Corps Week highlights ways this partnership promotes peace around the world

By Rotarian Wick Rowland, Ph.D., Niwot Rotary Club (Colorado, USA), Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and board member of Partnering for Peace. The second annual Rotary International – Peace Corps Week, which took place 19-23 September 2022, explored a range of issues in peacebuilding, from high-level institutional challenges to the detailed workings of several projects on … More Rotary International-Peace Corps Week highlights ways this partnership promotes peace around the world

Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International Partner to Train Community Mediators

By Lina Stahl, Mediators Beyond Borders International In 2019, a small group of visionaries from four Rotary districts in Zone 22, Southern Africa, approached service partner Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) to build social cohesion throughout the region by training a cohort of 100 community mediators to celebrate the Rotary’s Centennial on the African continent. … More Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International Partner to Train Community Mediators

International Day of Peace 2022: Building inclusive and peaceful communities 

By Ellina Kushnir, Service and Engagement Manager at Rotary International  Peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission. By carrying out service projects, becoming peace advocates, and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, we promote peace and take action to address the underlying causes of conflict within our communities. We recognize that conflict often results from inequitable … More International Day of Peace 2022: Building inclusive and peaceful communities 

2022 Rotary-Peace Corps Week: Peacebuilding on the Ground 

By Partnering for Peace, a group of Rotary members and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers  The service partnership between Rotary International and The Peace Corps is the focus of the second annual Rotary-Peace Corps Week taking place 19-23 September 2022. Partnering for Peace (PFP), a group of Rotary members and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, is hosting … More 2022 Rotary-Peace Corps Week: Peacebuilding on the Ground 

World Refugee Day: five ways to support newcomers and migrants 

By Quentin Wodon, Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration  UNHCR estimates that there are more than 100 million forcibly displaced people globally today. The number reached 89 million at the end of 2021, according to the latest report on global displacement, and has continued to rise over the past … More World Refugee Day: five ways to support newcomers and migrants 

Supporting the resettlement of refugees

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

Rotary Peace Fellow using the media to create peace in Zimbabwe

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

ShelterBox’s response in Yemen

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

Bridging differences for peace through intercountry committees

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