Peace partners across the country are showing support this September through various online discussions and dialogues, as part of the International Peace Day 2020 celebration.
Equal Access International Philippines is leading the #HowIBuildPeace global campaign along with fourteen (14) countries with EAI presence, including Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, and The Sahel Region. This aims to highlight innovative peace solutions that foster social cohesion in the community and to encourage personal acts of building peace every day. IPD 2020 focuses on fostering dialogue and collecting ideas amidst the global health crisis.
September 21 kicks off with the #HowIBuildPeacePH Youth Conversations at 10:00 AM that will feature leading youth leaders and peace fellows all over Mindanao. Joining the conversation about youth and peacebuilding are Jaime Salva, Seeds of Hope Project Leader and Olive Peace Prize Awardee, Lo Ivan Castillon, Founder of Positive VIBES and Usapang Kapayapaan Organizer, and France Donoso of Pagmata Initiative. Hosting the session will be Ashley Dejarme and Rowel Damas who are both Peace Promotion Fellows. The #HowIBuildPeace youth conversations are being done in Nigeria and Kenya too!
By 1:00 PM, Mindanao State University through its Fundamentals of Peace Education (FPE101) classes, Institute of Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) and Office of the International Affairs in partnership with Equal Access International Philippines (EAI) brings you “Shaping Culture of Peace In Inclusive Higher Education and Communities: A Peace Conversation”. This features global peacebuilding experts Dr. Swee-Hin Toh, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, and Recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2000, and Myla Leguro the Program Director of the CRS Global Program on Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding and Nominee of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005. Facilitating the conversation will be Dr. Jovar Pantao and Prof. Najifah Macaraya of Mindanao State University – General Santos City Campus and the OURmindaNOW Messaging Hub – SOX regional node.
Capping the day off at 4:30 PM is the “Online Peace Conversation on Youth, Peace, and Security” by Positive VIBES, United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Bangsamoro Youth Commission, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Generation Peace Youth Network, Qapwa, Young Centrist Union, Peace and Politics, Inc., Kutawato Messaging Hub, and Equal Access International Philippines. This will feature discussions from Filipino peacebuilders Dir. Vanessa Pallarco of the Social Healing and Peacebuilding Department (SHaPeD) of OPAPPRU; Nass Dunding, Chief, Programs and Operations of BYC-BARMM; Angeli Monique Siladan, Project Manager of Qapwa, Philippines; and Mia Franczesca D. Estipona, Project Officer of Generation Peace Youth Network.
On September 18, an #IPD2020 pre-campaign on social media also started urging netizens to post a photo of them using a caption on how they build peace in their own great ways. The campaign continues to dominate online presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Let us celebrate this day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope as we dialogue and share our thoughts on shaping a society where discrimination nor hatred does not exist.
Stay updated with our latest activities for the September Peace Consciousness Month through our social media channels on Facebook at Equal Access international-Philippines and on our website ourmindanow.org. #HowIBuildPeace#HowIBuildPeacePH#PeaceDay#IDP2020#OURmindaNOW