PROMOTING PEACE                                                                                                                                                                

There are millions of people across the world today who are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations.  Half of them are children.

As a humanitarian organisation, peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission.  Rotary believes that when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.    

Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. Rotary trains adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, Rotarians can take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary’s commitment to peacebuilding faces new challenges today including achieving lasting change.  To answer this challenge, Rotary is looking to approach the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity and finding more ways to get people involved.

Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace are:

1.      Practitioners:  Working to fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, improve the health of mothers and children, support education, and growing local economies   directly helps to build improved conditions for peaceful societies.

2.      Educators:  Rotary Peace Centres have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education and international organisations.

3.      Mediators:  Rotary members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.

4.      Advocates: Rotary members play an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction.  Rotary focuses on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.

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