May 14, 2009

Promoting a Culture of Non-Violence with the Special Participation of Mr. Arun Gandhi

In honour of Arun Gandhi's visit to The Hague, UNPO is organising a silent walk as well as an interactive debate. Join us and get acquainted with organisations working in the Hague for youth on the topics of non-violence, peacebuilding, human rights and cultural communication.
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In honour of the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, visiting the Hague, a joint group of NGOs working within the fields of human rights promotion and peacebuilding have taken the initiative to organise a special event on Friday, the 22nd of May 2009 at the Nuthuis, focusing on how to promote a culture of non-violence.

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNPO), the Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) and Culture Clash 4 You (CC4U) are organising a public event to celebrate Mr. Gandhi’s visit to the international city of Peace and Justice. The evening will focus on promoting a culture of non-violence amongst the youth communities in The Hague by discussion and exchange of opinions. The event will also focus on encouraging the activities of organisations, associations, and cultural and ethnic groups which work in the field of peacebuilding and non-violence. It will bring together youth from The Hague from cultural diverse backgrounds to jointly interact with Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, to learn about Gandhi’s teaching concerning the importance of non-violence and the present-day implementations of that philosophy for peace and Human Rights work in the Hague and internationally. Participating youth will join in a silent walk, interactive debate and will get acquainted with organisation working in the Hague for youth on the topics of Peace, Human Rights, cultural communication and alike.
Provisional programme    

16.15         Ceremonial gathering at the Statue of Gandhi, Hobbemaplein.

16.45        Silent walk from Gandhi monument toward Nutshuis in the city centre for the start of the evening program

17.15         Gathering at Nutshuis Riviervismarkt

17.30         Welcome: Joint statement from Peace-building and Human Rights promotion organizations

17.45         Speech of Mr. Arun Gandhi: a Culture of Non-Violence

18.00         Interactive open debate with challenging statement concerning “Promoting a culture of non violence in conflict situations”

19.00      Open House:  Networking among organizations with distribution of promotional material through information stands. Opportunity to increase cultural awareness through “Cultural Exposition” stands, including Tibetan sand painting and calligraphy

20.00         Cultural Performance to Close Event

NGOs involved:
The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of 38 youth peace organisations and 350 affiliates active in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The UNOY network contributes to the work of its members and affiliates in two fundamental ways, namely capacity building and advocacy and campaigning. Within these two fields UNOY engage in a range of additional activities.

Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNPO) is a democratic, international membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect their human and cultural rights, preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts, which affect them.

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is an international human rights organization with the objective of promoting human rights in areas where severe violations have victimized relatively large populations. GHRD specifically addresses those areas and populations of the world where severe and extensive human rights violations of certain ethnic and religious minorities have taken place for long periods, and where structural help and global attention of the international media have proven to be absent or insufficient.

Culture Clash 4 You (CC4U) is a multicultural organization that focuses on the interaction and participation of young people from different backgrounds and cultures in and around The Hague. Through debates, theatre, exchange programs and other creative projects, CC4U aims to encourage young people to reflect upon themselves, each other and the world around them. CC4U believes that shared opinions and beliefs amongst the youth is a better starting point for the future.
Menno Ettema
Tel: +31 (0)70 364 7799

Maggie Murphy
Tel: +31 (0)70 364 6504
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation

Anna Innocenti
Tel: +31 (0)70 345 6975,
Global Human Rights Defence
Marijke Uitdehaag
Tel: +31 (0)70 283 55012
Culture Clash 4 You