Tuesday, December 12, 2017

© Initiatives of Change Switzerland

In times of extremes, there are many ways of choosing to promote peace instead of violence. For Geneva Peace Week, CAUX-Initiatives of Change partnered with the UN Library in Geneva, in addition to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, to host a unique Human Library event, featuring the stories of a number of different peace-building professionals. This included the Caux Forum on Just Governance for Human Security’s Director, Shontaye Abegaz!

The event, which aimed to explore different peace-building approaches, allowed attendees to engage with the personal stories of 4 “human books” who work to promote interfaith dialogue, institutional tools, grassroots solutions and education as implements to contribute to living in a more peaceful society. In her role as one such “human book”, Shontaye spoke of her experiences living in different places, noting that a lifetime of encounters and volunteering has taught her the value of intercultural dialogue and personal transformation in preventing conflict and promoting peace.

Shontaye shared about her role as Director of Just Governance for Human Security, stating the importance of focusing on the advancement of human security through peace building and conflict transformation, dialogue, and the pursuit of the SDGs – the theme of this year’s forum. She was joined by a number of other high profile guests, including Hassan Mohamud, of Initiatives of Change, Sweden; Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Director, Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Washington DC; and Dina Ionesco, Head of Migration, Environment and Climate Division, International Organization for Migration. The event was a great success and we congratulate all those involved for their willingness to put a human face to the fight for peace.



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