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Peace Competence

A place to connect on issues related to peace. We will explore how communities can apply strength-based approach to achieve peace.  

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Peace work : Passion or Career

Started by Pamela Villamor. Last reply by Akhilesh Kumar Terwari Feb 5, 2021. 6 Replies

Hello friends, I  will be working on a research about the life of a Peace workers who  devotes their lives in Peace advoacy,  What drives a Peace worker stays in this field?  Whats in Peace work that…Continue

Participate in the Conference: Building Sustainable Peace: Ideas, Evidence, Strategies Call for Submissions

Started by khorchi laurie Mar 7, 2019. 0 Replies

Dear SALT practitionners and peacebuilders, Before I share about my idea, I want to present mysefl shortly!As you'll see in my Ning profile I'm a Human Right defender, passionated about peacebuilding…Continue

Do we have the capacity of Being Peace?

Started by rebeka sultana. Last reply by MOSES OKOMBO AYANY Jan 6, 2016. 4 Replies

Friends,I would like to hear from you about this question that I posted few days ago.Do we have the capacity of being peace?What would be your answers and why it is so?Let me elaborate what comes in…Continue

La Compétence pour la Paix au Burundi, Rwanda et l'Est de la RDC

Started by Laurence Gilliot. Last reply by Nathalie Legros May 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Chers amis, Nous allons soumettre un proposition à la fin de la semaine prochaine pour adapter le Processus à la Compétence pour la Paix. Le projet qu'on propose est au Burundi, Rwanda et dans deux…Continue

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Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on July 17, 2016 at 12:20

SALT and peace building in Belgium

In Molenbeek, a Brussels municipality, citizens were attempting to make their neighborhood a safe place. Finally, a local police officer involved in these deliberations, invited Constellation team to use SALT process with members of the community on May 23, 2016 to facilitate community ownership and action. And then what happened.. how SALT created a safe space to share from the heart, to listen and appreciate each more on this blog from Anita Sheehan

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on January 6, 2016 at 8:44

Dear Members, I am a Taos Institute Associate and here is a write up I wanted to share with you. Please see it from Samuel.

Dear Taos Associates,
I share a link for an essay I just published on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network out of Georgetown University.  The essay is called "The Co-construction of 'The Enemy'".   The inspiration for this essay grows entirely from rich dialogue we have been having in the Taos Journal Club.
It is a reminder to me, at the start of 2016, of how much I value and appreciate the rich relationships I experience with Taos Associates.  Thank you!  I am deeply convinced that Social Constructionist ideas have much to contribute to important global conversations, including those about peace making and conflict transformation.
I value any feedback you may have.  May this New Year be one filled with joy and relational richness.
Warmest wishes,
Samuel Mahaffy
Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on January 25, 2014 at 15:39

A warm welcome Florence to this group! Florence lives in France and has retired as a nurse. What particularly interests you in peace issues, Florence?

Comment by Y.VENKAT RAO REDDY on July 2, 2012 at 11:43

I would like to invite all my community friends to come and have a visit to my place too you are all welcome

Comment by Y.VENKAT RAO REDDY on June 28, 2012 at 11:58

I would like to be a part of the committee

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 21, 2012 at 17:45

A warm welcome to Crystal from Bahamas. She is doing great work with youth on issues of peace and conflict resolution.


Thanks Korey for sharing your work on peace in Guyana!

Comment by Korey Anthony Chisholm on April 21, 2012 at 6:38

Here something i did while in Guyana last year. If you need more picture or anything let me know

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 3, 2012 at 6:06

Dear All,


The three posts below are part of a article written -BIRTHING JUSTICE: Women in Peace-Building: Peace amidst War for Resource Control by Beverly Bell and Other Worlds  Your comments are welcome!


Warm regards,


Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 2, 2012 at 22:19

If there’s a solution at this moment between the oil companies and the government – because they are collaborators – the women will still not benefit because they don’t participate in decision-making. There is a need to integrate gender into all levels of power to enable women to participate and become full beneficiaries of the oil revenue. That’s why we’re advocating for women to be part of government and part of whatever bodies are set up to address the issues of the Niger Delta. More and more, women are getting involved in this campaign for increased women’s participation. We’re doing a lot to challenge patriarchal programs, to educate community leadership on the need for women’s decision-making.

We’re confronting domestic violence, too. We’ve been trying to outlaw it, like has already happened in some other states. With other gender-sensitive laws, like those prohibiting female genital mutilation and widowhood practices, we’ve made copies of the laws and given them to traditional rulers from communities.

The future depends on whether women can change the story of the Niger Delta and bring about peace. We believe it has to happen. We women will not relent until this happens.

To learn more about Emem Okon’s organization, Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre, please see

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 2, 2012 at 22:19


Emem Okon | Niger Delta, Nigeria

I am a community mobilizer with a passion for mobilizing women for action, for peace, and for their rights. I work with Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre in oil-impacted towns and villages – that is, areas where the oil companies are drilling – in the Niger Delta.

Here, we have Shell, we have Chevron, we have Exxon-Mobil, among others. Two problems are the neglect of the region in terms of development, and also the degradation of the environment by the oil companies. There are serious cases of oil spills and gas flaring – horribly toxic for the environment and the people.

The whole fight for resource control has led to the eruption and escalation of all manner of conflict and violence in the Niger Delta. It’s all about power and control in light of the oil revenue. In all the dimensions of conflict, the culprit is the oil companies. They play divide and rule so that communities are fighting amongst themselves, and gangs are fighting amongst themselves. The government and its security forces collaborate with the oil companies, and whole communities are disrupted violently by the military. In May 2009, for example, the military invaded some communities in the Delta [displacing up to 20,000 people]. Other massacres have happened before. We also have violence as a result of the activities of gangs of youth and men who politicians bought arms for, with money that’s circulating from the oil industry. Most of them are unemployed and the weapons are being used against the [financiers’] enemies.

Women suffer most when violence and conflict erupt as it has in the Niger Delta. A lot of women have died, a lot of women have been raped, and a lot of girl children have had to stop going to school because of the violence. Women are also exposed to strong violence by the culture and traditions which subject them to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Because the society is patriarchal in nature, women haven’t been involved in decision-making or governance. But now, women have had to sit up and talk about the human rights abuses and also the violence they’re experiencing.

Kebetkache, the women’s group I’m with, works with community women in 15 oil-impacted towns and villages in the Niger Delta to build their capacity and facilitate their participation in community affairs and advocacy. We started by mobilizing women for peace marches in the Ogoniland, Emohua, Ogbakiri, and Tereama communities.

After the peace marches, when we saw the women’s interests and their desire to act, we started training them in conflict management and peace-building. Then the women went back and did trainings with others in their communities. A whole lot of women got involved. And now, they’re going into secondary schools and community youth groups to carry out peace management. Then the youth will set down the training for others.

The women have also been on radio, talking about peace and calling on policy-makers to enjoin the violence in the Niger Delta. We’ve called on the boys and men in the gangs to drop their weapons of violence, and on the government to do something to reduce violence in the region.

We believe that women, as mothers and wives and lovers, are in a better position to talk to the men who are perpetuating the acts of violence. And we’re causing the violence to go down. Since 2007, we’ve gotten more than 1,600 boys and young men to surrender their weapons to the police and to make the decision not to be involved in violence. A lot of them have withdrawn from gangs and are no longer part of them. We’re trying to negotiate with the police so they don’t arrest those who turn in their weapons. We’re calling for a general amnesty for the gang members, for the government to rehabilitate the youth and reintegrate them back into the society.


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