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We’d like to share with you a small selection of Peace Day 2015 stories from some of our partners across the globe. Their wonderful work goes beyond Peace Day, but these inspiring stories show the unifying power of the day itself. Take a look at what Kivu Youth Entertainment in the DRC, Club PESCT in Rwanda, Tijuana Propone in Mexico and some others did to celebrate Peace Day in 2015.
Baraka, South Kivu - DRC
On Peace Day more than 6500 people took part in a peace march in Baraka, South Kivu. A synergy of NGOs were involved in the planning and execution: Femmes Rurales Amies de la Paix et du Développement (FERAPAD), AJIF, Femmes en Action pour la Sauvegarde des Valeurs Plus Humaines, Justice Prodeo, FOSOF, SOPAD, PAFESKI, RADHF, CADEAL, AMOFUT, Debout Filles de Fizi, SOJIFEP/RDC, Notre Voix, FEDI, PACOPA, SOS JED, AP Femme, Arc-en-Ciel, Pamoja Tucheze, BEEAP, La Floraison, SOPAD, Parlement des Femmes Albinos, COFAS, Groupement de Femmes Vivant avec le VIH/SIDA and Village des Femmes. The march involved over 1700 students from 9 different schools, local authorities, members of the community and many other grassroot organisations.
Tijuana Propone, Mexico
A wonderful celebration of Peace Day took place in Tijuana, Mexico organised by Tijuana Propone with a 500 people strong 6km cycle ride where all participants wore Peace One Day T-Shirts, a 10km drive with participation of over 400 cars from 30 automobile clubs alongside many motorcycles, culminating in a 8000 people walking 3km to the Mexican border with battery candles and neon sticks where they had speeches on peace.
The African Union – Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC), United Religions Initiative – Africa (URI-Africa), All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA), Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), and the African Media Initiative (AMI) organised in partnership a celebration of the International Day of Peace on Monday 21 September, 2015 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. (POD's Head of Global Campaigns, Laurence Khan, received the Africa Peace Award in June 2015, presented by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI-Africa, and Special Advisor on Interreligious, and Intercultural Issues for AU-ECOSOCC)
Zumba Fitness®, Global
Our partnership with Zumba Fitness® led to an incredibly energetic campaign called #Dance4Peace, seeing about 600 Dance4Peace videos of Zumba classes and events for Peace Day and/or Zumba moves for peace uploaded on social media, from 67 different countries all over the world.
Whales Rugby Academy, Uganda
The Whales Rugby Academy started raising awareness of Peace Day on 1st September with 21 days of activities for Try For Peace. They played several tag rugby games, had many training sessions themed around peace and for Peace Day they travelled to Rwanda for some more tag rugby games and also attended the Youth Celebration Event in Kigali.
Queen Anne High School, United Kingdom
Queen Anne High School organised a whole day of activities to celebrate Peace Day with their students, kicking off with an assembly including the Sustainability Development Goals. They included all sorts of different sports (football, rugby, netball, cycling and basketball) and cultural (dance, music, art) activities, culminating in a fabulous concert where some true Scottish culture was on display with some super bagpipes and highland flings.
Kivu Youth Entertainment, DRC
At the CAJED Centre in Goma, Kivu Youth Entertainment and its Rinha Crew organised an ‘introduction to hip hop dance and performance’ for the street children who are part of their project Vijana Up and the former child soldiers in the centre itself. They trained on hip hop dance and Capoeira, and they performed a dance as a unified group. Vijana Up shared this message for Peace Day: “Let’s live in peace in our families, not in armed forces or groups, nor in the streets, nor in the camps.”
To heighten awareness of the prevalent issue of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom and around the world, Celia Peachey lent her support by conducting a parachute jump.
Domestic abuse affects entire families and communities. In the UK alone, between 750,000 and 950,000 children witness domestic violence each year, affecting their development, educational attainment and health (UNICEF and the Bodyshop International report).
Club pour la Promotion de l’Education Socio-Culturelle et de la Technologie (PESCT), Rwanda
To mark Peace Day this year, Club PESCT brought more than 3000 students from 10 different schools together. They delivered and presented the Peace Education Poster to them and the teachers and organised a One Day One Goal tournament. They used the time between every match to reflect on and share messages about peace, tolerance and kindness.
Inspired by Oprah’s new landmark BELIEF Series and the International Day of Peace, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and people all over the United States engaged in a conversation called the BELIEF Days of Compassion and Healing, from September 11th – September 21st.