Mothers, martyrdom, violent extremism and 'azadi' in Kashmir

There has been a rise in violence in Kashmir, amid claims of a growing culture of martyrdom that is beginning to form the new driving narrative for militancy and violence. This glorification of martyrdom as seen in Kashmir has its roots in growing violent extremism, the recruitment of young men to violence, and militarisation. This article takes up the issue by looking at the role of mothers giving up their sons for the cause, and finding their own agency in a patriarchal society through their son's martyrdom. Read more »

12 February 2019

Is it sufficient simply to acknowledge the nonviolent heroes among us?

It is not difficult to find heroes at the UN: individuals and communities who, in the face of enormous challenges, maintain a commitment to peace and nonviolence. Najlaa Sheekh, a Syrian refugee in Turkey, exemplifies the power of nonviolence in the midst of the ravages and soul-grinding consequences of war. Read more »

23 January 2019

Mapping U.S peacebuilding

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy today, Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding would like to celebrate everyday peacebuilders across America who are heeding Dr. King’s inspirational example. Read more »

21 January 2019

Peace Dispatch: December 2018

In this quarterly edition, Local Peacebuilding Experts from Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, India (Kashmir), Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen provide their latest analysis of conflict in their areas - and what it means for peacebuilders. Read more »

21 December 2018

December 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on building peace across borders, reconciliation in Rwanda and more. Read more »

08 December 2018

The privilege of not listening: How international support is undermining the sustainability of local civil society

Peace Direct's Senior Research Officer, Megan Renoir, shares the lessons learnt through Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS), our joint USAID-funded research project in collaboration with LINC and Foundation Center. Read more »

28 November 2018

Why grassroots peacebuilding? Is ‘inclusive peacebuilding’ a more sustainable recipe for peace?

The Colombian Peace Agreement (CPA) is known as being the most inclusive peace deal to date, as several civil society organizations partook in the negotiation process and helped in drafting the final agreement. Two years later into the peacebuilding process, how inclusive is the implementation of Colombia’s peace? Read more »

05 November 2018

November 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on local networks for peace, community approaches to peacebuilding in South Sudan and more. Read more »

02 November 2018

How Students Build Peace in Politically-Charged Climates

Although students Anoaga & Jabir might disagree on Ghanaian politics, through a 'Dialogues for Peace' programme, they have been able to engage in conversations and activities with other young people, and build peace in their local community. Read more »

22 October 2018

The remarkable story of Kareemat and its founder

Based in Turkey, Kareemat is a local organisation that works to support Syrian refugees by helping women find employment opportunities, dissuading young men from taking up arms, and combating stereotypes towards Syrian refugees in Turkey. They are one of the finalists of Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative local peacebuilders. Read more »

19 October 2018