Peacebuilder conference encourages action to address refugee crisis

By Bindi Rajasegaran, District Rotary Peace Fellowships Subcommittee Chair and District 3300 Governor-nominee, Malaysia This past March, more than 280 delegates gathered for a Peacebuilders Conference organized by Rotary District 3300, Malaysia, in partnership with local Rotary clubs, UNHCR, Brickfields Asia College, the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia Response and Relief Team (IMARET), Carefugees, Mercy Malaysia and Microsoft … More Peacebuilder conference encourages action to address refugee crisis

A creative look at the Four-Way Test

By Dennis Wong, Co-Founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace and member of the E-Club of World Peace Imagine yourself addressing conflicts through the lenses of fellowship, empathy, accountability and trust. That is the Four-Way Test.  Imagine the power four questions and twenty-four words can have to help resolve conflicts without violence and fulfill … More A creative look at the Four-Way Test

How to build peace locally: 3 tools for Rotarians

By Summer Lewis, Rotary-IEP Partnership Coordinator When you think about peace, do you think about actions, like how peace is lived and practiced? Are you seeing images of violence and war and thinking peace is the “opposite” of that? Actually, there is no one right way to define peace. There are many ways to work … More How to build peace locally: 3 tools for Rotarians

Building peace through Rotary service

By Soomin Kim, Rotary International Staff Most of the members the Rotary Club of Ulsan Jayu (meaning freedom in Korean) are refugees emigrants from North Korea. Many risked their lives emigrating in pursuit of greater opportunities and are still struggling to adapt to South Korean society. Through the humanitarian service work of South Korean Rotary … More Building peace through Rotary service

Peacebuilder Clubs create momentum for peace within communities

By Reem Ghunaim and Mike Green, members of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace We launched our Peacebuilder Clubs program at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto. Peacebuilder Clubs were pioneered eight years ago by past Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) Board Member and Past District 5100 Governor, Mike Caruso as a way of building support for … More Peacebuilder Clubs create momentum for peace within communities

Sparking peace in your community

By Rotary Service and Engagement According to UNHCR, 44,400 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal … More Sparking peace in your community

Rotary clubs partner to empower youth to build peace in Colombia

By Don Evans, Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, Canada; Summer Lewis, Rotary-Institute for Economics and Peace Partnership Coordinator and Kris Swanson, Member of the Rotary Club of Park City Sunrise, United States Since the Colombian government and the Marxist-led Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a peace agreement in 2016, after a 52-year … More Rotary clubs partner to empower youth to build peace in Colombia

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 … More Rotary’s Partners in Peace

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 … More Peace building conversations that can lead to connecting communities

Promoting world peace through the Open World Program

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer Rotarians from Parker, Colorado, recently participated in the Open World Program by hosting six delegates from Ukraine. Ukrainian visitors explored the Fire Department, EMT Management and Volunteerism hosting theme during their 8-day stay in Parker. Rotarian Alvaro Pizoni, a long-time supporter of the Open World Program, lead the … More Promoting world peace through the Open World Program