During the lovely sunny weekend of 12th-13th May 2018 Liverpool’s Women 4 Peace Group were proudly presented their Open Awards certificates at Warrington’s Peace Centre.
Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is a charity that works nationally and internationally for peace and non-violent conflict resolution. The foundation offers non-formal, experiential, collective, participatory programmes for individuals and communities to learn and live together. Educating over 3000 learners with over 500 trained practitioners the foundation have influenced research, policy and practice chairing EU body on Preventing Violent Extremism and addressing policy at high-level conferences.
One of their Open Awards accredited programmes is Women for Peace, an interactive leadership programme for women exploring conflict and extremism at a local, national and international level.
Women play vital and powerful roles and in preventing violent extremism in society. Women for Peace aims to empower women to confidently tackle extremism and build peace within their communities. The programme looks to support women from diverse backgrounds to become more active citizens by realising the voice they have can make a real difference. These women can then lead the way in preventing violent conflict and building peace through challenging destructive narratives and engaging in intercultural dialogue.
The impact so far has been amazing and now runs in Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Kirklees, Burnley, Blackburn, Nelson and Oldham. Juliana, a participant in Young Women for Peace designed specifically for 16-24 year olds, shared her experience: “I’m very proud of what I was able to achieve in our local community because it brought everyone together. Every young woman has the influence to build peace in their community.”
Open Awards would like to congratulate all of the awardees for all their hard work and determination to stand up and strive to make a difference.