Dearest Friends and Colleagues Around the World,
2021 is upon us. We begin it with energy, inspiration and dedication.
Our world today is facing many challenges – armed conflicts, demagoguery, challenges to good governance, the global environmental crisis, attacks on the rights of women, rising extremism, fake news and hate and much more. Read here our commitment for 2021!
“Change of the narrative about migration′′ STIRE Photo Exhibition, January 16 – 31, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
From 16-31 January 2021, in the Central Park Simion Bărnuțiu in Cluj-Napoca, in the area of the Casino building, we invite you to visit the exhibition ′′Change of the narrative about migration′′ which includes the photos created by the participants of the online photography course during the period October – November 2020 under the STIRE project – Supporting the Integration of Relocated Persons. The online photography course was designed to involve refugee and relocated persons in an activity aimed at encouraging them to express their identity through their own ′′lenses”. You can find more information about it here.
International Webinar: Women in the Informal Economies in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas
On the 11th December 2020 took place the International Webinar: Women in the Informal Economies in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas.
This event was organized in the framework of the 16 Days Campaign by PATRIR (the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania), in cooperation with GPPAC and ENPACS (the recently founded European Network of Peace and Conflict Students, a youth organization that aims to connect the next generation of peacebuilders).
You can find out more about it & watch the recording of the event here.
#16Stories Initiative – 16 Days Women Empower Cluj Campaign
This year, PATRIR, in collaboration with more than 40 institutions, organisations and companies, organised several activities as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence International campaign, that took place from the 25th of November until 10th of December. One of the initiatives as part of the campaign is the #16stories by Women Empower Forum 2020. The initiative brings together stories of determined women across Romania that are empowering all of us to contribute to the elimination of violence against women and the promotion of women’s rights. You can find all the stories here!
16 days Women Empower Cluj Campaign
We are excited to present you the 16 days Women Empower Cluj Campaign from November 25 – December 10 2020. The Campaign is part of the Global 16-Days Campaign Against Violence Against Women, organised in Cluj by an Alliance of civic and cultural institutions, consulates, and companies.
The 16 Days Campaign in Cluj is committed both to overcoming all forms of inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence, and to practically, positively advancing women’s rights, gender equality and healthy relationships; to achieving real change on policy levels through the creation of the “Cluj Agenda 2030: Equality, Opportunity, Safety, Innovation”, to making a difference in people’s lives who have been affected by gender-based violence. It’s about raising awareness, empowering survivors, mobilising our commitment together as a community for a better future for all – and helping us all see how we can have a world based upon gender-equality, dignity and safety, and free from violence, trauma and abuse.
You can find more information about the campaign here.
European Pact for Integration (EPI) Open Day Event
On October 7th, 2020, at Casino – Urban Cultural Center, in the Central Park of Cluj, the Open Days Event of the EPI – European Pact for Integration project took place. This marked a starting point for future activities included in the project calendar, especially the organization of thematic meetings in order to establish the strategy for ‘migrants inclusion’.
Her Excellency, Nisreen Rubaian, the UNHCR representative for Romania, was also a speaker at the event and expressed her interest in supporting EPI and the development of the local strategies. Click here for more information!
We joined the Cluj Education Cluster!
We are very proud to be a member of the Cluj Education Cluster, together with the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania College, the Cluj School Inspectorate and more. Cluj has always been about collaboration, inclusion, and coming together to do better together. For this reason, a superb initiative bringing together educational actors in Cluj was created in order to work to improve education for all children and youth – and hopefully through to adult education as well. Find out more information about it here.
Attending the Active European Citizens against Hate Speech European seminar
PATRIR was taking part in an incredibly powerful and important event on 5th of October – the Active European Citizens against Hate Speech European seminar, bringing together practitioners and people from across Europe working to challenge hate in our communities and stand up for vibrant, democratic, healthy and inclusive communities.
This was the first event within the EUAct project, implemented by the consortium of 7 different partners from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Read more about the seminar here!
Looking for the most interesting training providers, courses or trainers on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building?
PATRIR was a partner in this project. Have a look at the website peacetraining.eu.
Peacebuilding Interview: Kai Brand-Jacobsen
Peace Magazine Editor Metta Spencer interviews PATRIR Director of the Department of Peace Operations Kai Brand-Jacobsen on ‘peacebuilding‘. Over the course of an hour this wide-ranging interview covers the critical need for peacebuilding in the world today, ways in which peacebuilding can be done on the ground, experiences in north East Nigeria and the work of organisations like Search for Common Ground, the situation in Venezuela and much more. It is a tour de force from one of the leading trainers, practitioners and scholars in the field – an introduction to peacebuilding and overview of critical issues that should be shared and seen widely. As the interview continues it becomes more and more powerful and inspiring.
Click here to watch the interview
Municipal peacebuilding and sub-national peace processes
Municipalities and local authorities are essential to the successful implementation of peace initiatives, yet not enough international support is focusing on providing assistance to actors at the very centre of these efforts. Our programme addresses this gap, drawing on experiences from all over the world.
Click here to learn more about its content and request assistance for locally owned and driven peacebuilding programming
Syria country programme
PATRIR has been working inside Syria since 2016 with a consortium of international and local partners, in order to provide professional capacity building training for civilians remaining behind, including many IDPs. We conducted in-depth needs assessments in order to ascertain the skills most relevant for the current context, as well as those which they could carry forward in the event of a post-war transition phase.
Click here to learn more about our programming in Syria
Addressing radicalisation, violent extremism and polarisation
Since our foundation in 2001, we have become one of the world’s leading centres for peacebuilding and prevention, supporting peace operations in communities and countries affected by conflict, training and capacity building for practitioners and experts in the field, and evidence-based research and evaluation to improve policy and practice. Since 2002 the Institute has had an active programme line on radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism implemented in Europe and internationally.
Click here to learn more about how we address radicalisation and violent extremism
– Solomon Woldemichael
Civil Affairs Officer, Unites Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
– Dr. Oana Cristina Popa
Former ambassador of Romania to Croatia
– Paul Ebikwo
Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMID, Sudan