How representative is a representative democracy when it locks out a certain demographic strata of the very society under its jurisdiction? Equitable participation of different groups in politics and governance is essential to building and sustaining democracy, yet often, youth (and women), are grossly underrepresented. African youth, throughout the continent, face several obstacles to participating in political life and running for public office. This occurs despite their proven abilities as le...
Written by Ndunge Wayua and published on 27-March-2016
Dear Beyond Violence community:
We have a number of exciting and important campaigns currently ongoing and in the works, with many of you already playing a key role. But if we’re to continue making positive impacts in conflict-affected areas, we need to be ahead of the game, with an eye on the horizon.
That’s why we’re making this call to you to make your proposal of where Beyond Violence should go next.
Written by David Fernandes and published on 05-March-2016
As the Syrian Civil War has dragged on for more than 4 years, 10.6 million people, or almost half the population have been displaced, with 4.1 million people as registered refugees. Syrians make up the majority in the latest European migration crisis. “Close to 480,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea this year, and are now reaching European shores at a ...
Written by Sofie Chen and published on 07-October-2015
On grassroots peace activism by Red Elephant Foundation
People tend to create their own bubbles, where they find their comfort zones and feel secure. The alternative otherwise speaks for itself: exposure to an unfamiliar world brings vulnerability. The bubbles we create for ourselves serve as our own armors. These armors are our perceptions of the world, made of our personal beliefs, the palpable and impalpable bias, as well as other elements that constitute our worldviews. We see o...
Written by Sofie Chen and published on 07-September-2015
***Warning: Graphic language***
Just imagine yourself in such a situation!
Imagine yourself between the hammer and the anvil
Swimming in mud and dust; feet to the doors of the abyss.
Imagine one day, a bomb falls on your palace
And creates a bloodbath all around;
Imagine that one day your playground turns into a cemetery;
Where the local bar becomes a site of desolation and tears.
Imagine the soft music that caressed your soul disappears
And instead, you hear the noise of boots and the ...
Written by Menes la Plume and published on 21-August-2014
When discussing the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the concept of pinkwashing is one that is rarely mentioned. Pinkwashing occurs when supporters of Israel attempt to deflect attention from Israel’s human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by pointing out the favourable treatment of the minority LGBT community in Israel, the aim being to perpetuate the image that Israel is a modern democratic state that does not carry out human rights abuses. However, it s...
Written by A.N.S. and published on 06-June-2014
Peace and justice go hand-in-hand in most countries, but in countries that are neither stable nor democratic it peace and justice often compromise each other and only one is achieved at any time. The questions that peacemakers, international organisations and politicians ask themselves are is it more important to end violence and save civilians from atrocities? Or are charges of leaders for their crimes against humanity and bring justice to the victims more important?
Can there be a peace w...
Written by TES and published on 16-May-2014
Peace and justice go hand-in-hand in most countries, but in countries which are neither stable nor democratic, peace and justice often compromise one other and it seems that only one can be achieved at any time. Peacemakers, international organisations and politicians ask themselves whether it is more important to end violence and save civilians from atrocities, or whether charging leaders with crimes against humanity and bringing justice to the victims is more important.
Can there be peace wit...
Written by TES and published on 10-May-2014
On 2nd April 2014 a monument was unveiled in a Dublin cemetery in memory of more than 220 Irish children who died in a Protestant care home (Bethany Home) in the 20th century and were subsequently buried in unmarked graves. The abuse and neglect of Irish children in Catholic care homes during the same time period has been
Written by Avril Ní Shéamus and published on 05-May-2014
Generation C interviewed him on the theory and practice related to peace and violence.
GC: It is a common assumption that peace is the opposite of war, which can take form in, for instance, inter- and intra-state conflict. You distinguish between five different types of peace. Can you elaborate?
War is direct violence, organized violence. Usually we talk about war where at least one of the parties is a state. But not always...
Written by Generation C, Caroline Hargreaves and published on 03-April-2014