Hiring: Peacebuilding & Nonviolence Program Manager: Ukraine  

Department of Peace Operations (DPO) PATRIR   


Looking for a dedicated Peacebuilding & Nonviolence Program Manager: The Ukraine Peace Support Program is based within the Romanian Peace Institute’s Department of Peace Operations. As a Peacebuilding Program Manager with PATRIR you will have the opportunity to play a major role in the Institute’s peace support programs in Ukraine and with opportunity to engage further, globally, based upon your areas of expertise and program areas you wish to engage in.  


You will be the Program Manager of PATRIR’s Ukraine Peacebuilding & Nonviolence Support Program. You will be responsible for management of the program, team leadership, building and supporting strategic partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring good-practice and ethical-based programming with a strong commitment to local ownership in Ukraine. You will also represent PATRIR in international coordination and partnership meetings with a strong focus on strengthening international engagement, support and joint/integrated programming with partners. Ideally you should be able to support further growing our peacebuilding and nonviolence programming for Ukraine.  


For more details, please visit our vacancies page.

Looking for a well-paid #PhD in #Europe in your field?

16 #PhD positions are available in various fields across Europe!

Deadline to Apply: July 3, 2022

GEM-DIAMOND is a doctoral network, and part of a multiannual international research effort on Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism (GEM) and will assess the EU’s capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND). Within the MSCA Doctoral programme GEM-DIAMOND you have the chance to get a well-paid PhD position in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Denmark or Switzerland.

Read more here about the positions and the application process ➡️ https://gem-diamond.eu/positions

International Conference - Tackling the impact of hate speech on our lives and society: A comprehensive approach towards prevention of hate involving policy makers and young people

The international conference was held on the 25th of June and has aimed to discuss the impact of hate speech on individuals, communities, and the European Union and to introduce solutions for combating and prevention of incitement to hatred emphasizing the role of young people, educational system and civic activism.


PATRIR is the Romanian Peace Institute. We have 21 years’ experience working in Romania and around the world dealing with local, national and global conflicts. PATRIR’s program lines include work on: gender, strengthening gender inclusion and equality and overcoming gender-based violence; strengthening local, national and international capabilities and policies for early warning, prevention, peacebuilding and post-war stabilization; support for mediation and peace processes; post-war stabilization and peace consolidation; youth empowerment; tackling violent radicalization and extremism, and more. Our team is made up of researchers, expert practitioners, trainers and facilitators and project staff. If you are recruited, you will be a core team member at PATRIR with opportunities to play a key role in shaping our work and programming.  

For more information and the full description of the role, please visit: Vacancies – PATRIR – Committed to transform conflicts constructively, through peaceful means


Humanitarian Support for Ukraine

Thank you so much for all your messages and wish to support!

We are coordinating now with our entire team and partners in Cluj, across Romania and internationally to offer and efficient support for the Ukrainian refugees from Romania.

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The donations will be used for purchasing needed supplies and their transportation.

Please mention:- purpose: Donatie pentru Ucraina- beneficiary: Institutul Roman pentru Pace – PATRIR 

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If you wish to offer other types of support, volunteering, storage or transportation, please write us a DM on our facebook page.

Emergency Statement of the Romanian Peace Institute on War in Europe and Immediate Call to Peace

The Current Humanitarian and Security Situation in Europe and Ukraine – Russia – EU – US – NATO Context

“War has broken out in Europe. This is the biggest crisis in regional peace and security in Europe in over 50 years. This is an issue affecting all the people of Europe and should be an issue of global concern. We must understand the gravity and urgency of this moment, and its implications for the people of Ukraine, the people of Russia, and for peace and stability in our world. Governments, citizens, all of us must recognize the danger of what can happen if we do not stop it now – and do not prevent it from getting worse. We cannot allow violence to continue or to escalate. The human, psychological, economic, and environmental devastation and costs of war are severe. The possibility that the war can intensify and spread is real. We have been brought to this situation because of the serious failures of our current approach to peace and security in Europe. We cannot allow the further escalation of war. What we need now is not more bellicose and combative statements but real, effective and concerted efforts by all actors involved, including governments and citizens across Europe and internationally, the United Nations General Assembly, and the international peace community, to end the war, address the immediate humanitarian situation, and work for real, lasting stability and peace for all the people of Europe.”






Leia a declaração completa aqui.


Between November 25 and December 10, the Cluj Alliance focused on combating gender-based violence through 16 days of activism for raising awareness and informing about the causes, effects and current situation in Romania and globally, regarding GBV. Our message in this year’s campaign was that it is everyone’s responsibility to stop gender-based violence.

The Cluj Alliance organized in Romania the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence inspired from a global campaign with a history longer than 30 years. The global campaign is organized yearly all over the world. In Romania we hosted online events, webinars and conferences, as well as in person events, movie screenings, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and many other activities where people were informed or had the opportunity to discuss about the problem of domestic violence, femicide and harassments.

With this brochure we want to thank the partners of Cluj Alliance for their support, and to inspire everyone to be part of the campaign in the future. Our aim is also to make visible the events during the campaign, as well as resources such as discussions with experts which are available on our pages. Further in the brochure you will find pictures and descriptions of our events and activities during the campaign. We would like to emphasize that this campaign would not have been possible without the help of amazing, motivated and engaged people from various civil society organizations, companies, public institutions and authorities, as well as a great team of volunteers. We want to thank everyone for all the hard work, commitment and great ideas that made possible for the 16 Days of Unity, Inspiration and Action against Gender-Based Violence campaign to reach this many people.

The brochure is available in English here and in Romanian here.

Intersectional Perspectives on the Shadow Pandemic

Violence against women is still far too rampant around the world – and in many countries, it has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This international webinar will bring together leading academics and practitioners on gender-based violence and on women’s rights to discuss the current state of play in different communities and settings; address key challenges; and provide recommendations for policy, practice, and action – all through an intersectional perspective. Confirmed experts have backgrounds in gender-responsive policing; violence against women in politics; and the application of intersectionality on gender, policy, and governance. This Global Webinar is open to international audiences and it is structured in two different sessions with different speakers exploring the same subject: Violence Against Women and the Violent Backlash Against Women’s RightsThe Global Webinar is free and online. You just need to register here:Session 1Session 2 On Session 1, we will be having: Dr. Noraida Endut, a Professor of the Unit for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA), at University Sains Malaysia (USM). She is currently the Deputy President of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) and a Director on the Board of the International Women’s Rights Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP). Her research areas include women and the law, gender and work, violence against women, women and economic empowerment and technology, particularly focusing on Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Mona Lena Krook, a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women and Politics Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University. Her most recent book, Violence against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020), draws on this work to explore, theorize, and document attacks against women in public life around the globe. In this line, her intervention will be entitled “Violence against Women in Politics and Public Life”. Finally, Leslee Udwin is the Founder and Executive Chair of the global not-for-profit education organisation, Think Equal, whose vision is to create a safe, free, and equal world. Her presentation will focus on “The Missing Third Dimension in Early Years Education: Social and Emotional Learning as a Preventative Solution to Gender Based Violence”.  On Session 2, the speakers will be: Mr. Mirko Daniel Fernandez, who is a UN Consultant and currently the Project Coordinator for the rollout the UN system-wide Handbook on Gender-responsive Policing Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence under the framework of the UN Joint Global Programme on Essential Service. His intervention is entitled “Gender-responsive Policing (GRP): A key requirement for a wider intersectional response to Femicide”. Scheaffer Okore, a feminist, senior strategist and policy advisor who advises philanthropists and INGOs working intersectionally on policy, governance, and gender; and the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Women Political Leaders Organisation. She serves as an Advisory Board Member at Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers and is an inaugural Obama Foundation Africa Leaders fellow. Her intervention will focus on “Weilding power towards ending violence against women”. Maja Vitas Majstorović, a Gender and Inclusivity Specialist at the Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC Foundation), where she coordinates the Gender Focal Points network, collaborates with fellow civil society organisations working on gender inclusion and advocates for a gender-transformative approach at international governance bodies. Finally, Mr. Hatim Zimbi from the Family Justice Center Antwerp, who works on a project focusing on victims of domestic violence from Maghrebi background in the Netherlands. They reach men, women and children and provide guidance to appropriate assistance and the development of a group of victims with peers. He summarized his work with the following quote: “It is easier to build a strong child than to repair a broken man”, by Frederick Douglass.

Global Webinar: Ending Femicide Global Voices in the Struggle to Overcome Misogyny, Hate Violence and the Killing of Women Join us on December 7th, at 6:00 EST | 12:00 CET | 13:00 EET | 19:00 CST for an event that will be a space to discuss femicide: the most extreme form of gender-based violence. Prominent experts and academics dealing with the problem worldwide will come together to discuss the key issues they believe need to be raised and understood – as well as addressed by policy makers and practitioners – about femicide in their field or community of expertise; and will provide practical recommendations to be implemented. Confirmed speakers are leading experts and academics with heavy backgrounds on femicide in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Prof. Shalva Weil, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and founder of the Israel Observatory on Femicide, has published dozens on articles and book chapters on femicide. Her intervention is called “Femicide: has the killing of women (female geronticide) been overlooked?”. Prof. Roselyn Costantino, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Pennsylvania State University. Since 2005, Costantino’s work has centered femicide and rape as weapons of war and genocide. She focusses on Mexican, Guatemalan and Mayan women as citizens of nations and communities directly impacted by U.S. foreign and economic policy, and the title of her intervention will be “Shape-Shifting of Extreme Violence Against Women In Guatemala and Mexico: When Visibilizing Systemic Culprits Isn’t Enough”. Finally, Prof. Pina Lalli is a Full Professor in Sociology of Culture and Communication, and the deputy director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. Her recent research features especially social representations of violence against women and the issue of femicide in Italy – within the Research Observatory on Femicide. The Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV). It is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. Inspired by the original vision and history of the Campaign, which focused on raising awareness about violence against women (VAW), and considering the continuing impunity for femicide, this year the Campaign focuses on the issue of “femicide or the gender-related killing of women.” In order to attend this free and online event, please register here

Between November 25 and December 10, 2021, Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) together with the Cluj Alliance | Alianța Clujeană | Kolozsvári Szövetség (a group of NGOs, institutions, authorities, private companies and individuals) organizes “Together for Cluj | Cluj Unites | Együtt Kolozsvárért – 16-Days of Unity, Inspiration and Action Against Gender-Based Violence” Campaign. The series of events will be organized in Cluj-Napoca, some activities also take place in Bucharest or online. The organizers aim to contribute to raising awareness about gender violence, but also to raise funds to support shelters for survivors of gender violence in Cluj together with Direcția Generală de Asistență Socială și Protecția Copilului Cluj (DGASPC).

The campaign is organised worldwide every year between November 25th, the International Day against Violence against Women and December 10th the International Day of Human Rights. These two dates were chosen in order to highlight that violence against women is a violation of human rights. This year the initiative marks 30 years. Since 1991, the global campaign has been organised in more than 185 countries, by 6000+ organisations, including the United Nations (UN), governments, civil society organisations, grassroots organisations and other entities.

During the 16 days (November 25 – December 10) the campaign will carry out a wide range of events and activities in Cluj-Napoca, but also internationally, from informative and educational events, public exhibitions and film evenings, to workshops and seminars. The inhabitants of Cluj will be able to attend film evenings, slam poetry, street photography exhibition, sustainable fashion show and art exhibitions. Other events such as a series of community discussions on issues related to gender violence; meetings between women in various fields such as politics, technology, business; legal education workshops on victim protection, harassment in the workplace, and more will be available online for participants from across the country and beyond.

Cluj Alliance | Alianța Clujeană | Kolozsvári Szövetség is a group of companies, local authorities, NGOs, schools and many other organizations working together to promote inclusion and achieve practical and impactful results to ensure that every citizen of Cluj – especially every woman and girl – is safe, respected and supported for equal rights and opportunities. It is about creating together the future we want for Cluj.

Thank you so much to the amazing partners from the Cluj Alliance | Alianța Clujeană | Kolozsvári Szövetség without which this campaign would not be possible:  Institut français de Cluj, Centrul de Acţiune pentru Egalitate şi Drepturile Omului – ACTEDO, Cluj International Women’s Club, VeDem Just – Voci pentru Democraţie şi Justiţie, Campeador Inn, Asociatia Art Mirror, Centrul Cultural German Cluj-Napoca, Ambasada Suediei din Bucureşti / Sveriges ambassad i Bukarest, UN Youth Romania – Cluj Branch, Ambasada României în Spania / Embajada de Rumanía en España, Embassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova, CoachCompanion, TEDxZorilor, CreativeMornings Cluj, TIFF, Bookstory, Agentia Nationala pentru Egalitatea de Sanse intre Femei si Barbati – ANES, Doamna T, Insomnia Café, Daisler Print House, Cluj.info, Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj International Committee, SEXUL vs BARZA, Cinema Dacia Cluj, Municipiul Cluj-Napoca, JET Solution, The Flavour Pot, Apuseni Rainforest Reflections by Bita, Scripor Alphabet. The Tactile Alphabet of Colors, Asociația Iele-Sânziene, SAIL – Students’ Academy of International Law, Poethree, Cinema Florin Piersic, Centrul de psihologie Mental-Training Cluj, Institutul Român Pentru Drepturile Omului, Zona Metropolitană Cluj, Inspectoratul de Politie Judetean Cluj .

Here you can find more information about the campaign, as well as the program.

The World Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Women, Peace and Security

Canadian Embassy Event – Bucharest 26.10.2021

The global Women, Peace and Security agenda is about more – much more – than increasing the number of women in armed forces and peace keeping missions. This was a key message of the President of PATRIR, Kai Brand-Jacobsen, at a special event organized by the Canadian Embassy Bucharest in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of Romania on October 26 this year.

The Women, Peace and Security agenda calls for the inclusion and engagement of women at all levels of leadership addressing local, national and global peace and security issues. Governments and international organisations need to proactively support advancing women and inclusion of women – particularly at senior and middle leadership levels; and ensuring the voices and authentic participation of women in all governance and peace and security discussions and policy and agenda setting. Critically, greater focus needs to be placed on the prevention of war and armed violence – and on investing in strengthening peacebuilding and prevention capacities. Too much focus is given to inclusion of women in armed forces and peacekeeping missions. While this is important, the point is to prevent the impact of war and violence in the first place – by preventing war and violence. Governments should develop – and fund – robust an proactive measures to develop effective capacities to engage to address conflicts and prevent them from becoming violent. Strengthening support for women’s peace teams, women mediation networks, violence prevention education, local and national early warning systems linked to effective peacebuilding programming and planning are all essential. Ensuring gender-inclusion across budgeting, policy development and programming is also key.

Importantly: gender also need to address men. Much more needs to be done to address violent and toxic masculinity and “machismo”, to educate men to know how to better handle emotions and anger without violence, and to engage men to champion and support – rather than block – gender inclusion and equality.

The event was opened by Ambassador Annick Goulet (Canada) and included superb presentations by Mrs. Simona Cojocaru, Romania’s first female State Secretary, Head of the Department for Defence Policy, Planning and International Relations at the Ministry of National Defence, a video contribution by Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security (WPS), examples of National efforts on WPS, with interventions from two Ambassadorial colleagues, H.E. Mrs. Therese Hyden, Ambassador of Sweden and H.E. Mrs. María Eugenia Echeverría, Ambassador of Peru and remarks on Diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces by Lieutenant General Jocelyn (Joe) Paul, Deputy Commander of NATO Joint Forces Command Naples, Italy.

The Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) and Department of Peace Operations (DPO) wish to express their appreciation and thanks to the Canadian Embassy Romania and the Ministry of Defense of Romania and all participants for this important event and for creating the space for dialogue, exchange, and advancing key policies and recommendations on gender, peace and security. This event will be the first of a series of events to foster engagement and practical measures to advance the gender, peace and security agenda in Romania and more broadly.

Cluj Collaborates No. 6 | Colaborarea Clujeană Nr. 6

Cluj Collaborates or Colaborarea Clujeană is a magazine by, about and for Cluj. It was created to make visible the amazing work that is being done by organisations, institutions and individuals across the community, and to celebrate and inspire creativity, collaboration, and practical engagements to make a difference in the lives of Clujeni.

Cluj Collaborates is a magazine for all the people of Cluj. We hope to make us all: aware of the exciting, very often inspiring, and great work being done by so many different people and sectors in Cluj; identify issues and challenges which are important to us to address to improve quality of life and wellbeing of the people of Cluj; create connections and inspire collaboration, solutions-oriented approaches, and future initiatives, doing more together than can be done apart.

Collaboration is in the name in and everything that Cluj Collaborates is about. Collaboration within and across sectors, institutions, and our community as a whole.

Cluj Collaborates was born from the Cluj Roundtables organized by the Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR in cooperation with the Cluj City Hall and bringing together public institutions, local government authorities, NGOs, civic and cultural institutions, universities, schools, companies and more.

Today, Cluj Collaborates is published in Romanian and English. We hope with our next edition to be in Hungarian as well. The publication is free and distributed online.

We want to thank all partners who have contributed to this edition! If you wish for your initiatives, events, projects or publications to be featured in the next edition send us an email at [email protected]

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Call for teachers and school principals

In September, PATRIR started GLOBE, an ERASMUS+ project running between 2021 and 2023. The project aims to provide support and training to teachers and schools in Finland, Romania and Portugal for introducing, improving or operationalizing principles of global education in the schools where they are active. “Global education” is a broad and often contradictory term, but some of the elements of this approach are multiperspectives in the educational process, the participation of students, the deconstruction of stereotypes and an approach centered on the needs and the context of those learning, to cultivate critical thinking and knowledge on global issues and instill social responsibility (CoE). In short, it encourages a sense of global belonging for each of us, an interest in social and economic development, human rights, sustainability, fairness, equity, peace and conflict prevention.

The six partners in the project (both academia and the NGOs) will be involved in 1. Research on principles of global development 2. Training sessions for teachers and principals for global education 3. Operationalizing a European network of teachers interested in global education. The ambition of consortium is to support teachers and schools in the teaching process already in place or in innovating teaching process.

PATRIR is one of the implementing partners locally. Consequently, we are looking for teachers and principals interested in the training sessions, scheduled between February and June 2021. The training starts with one week of training in Lisbon, and continues with another week in June in Cluj. All other sessions will be held online. The training helps participants start an educational process with a global outlook, with the close support and consultation with our experienced mentors. Another training cohort will follow in June 2022.

For more information and registration, please contact Dana Dolghin, [email protected]. For those interested in participating, please send us a short concept for a project of global education you would initiate in your school (max 3 pages) and your resume (max. 3 pages) Deadline: November 24th, 2021.

GLOBE is part of our broader agenda on the grass-root prevention of polarization and extremism among youth initiated through CHAMPIONS, BRAVE, CEAR and presently continued through PARTICIPATION and INDEED. We are working on a program of workshops and community meetings for schools. SOCIOlab invites students to find out about and discuss, in an informal setting, global problems, to understand local community concerns, consolidate their critical thinking and choose their own causes. For more information, please contact us at the address listed above.

CEAR project launches a platform of consultancy services to NGOs in the field of P/CVE

The general objective of the CEAR – Community Engagement Against Radicalisation project is, primarily, to systematize a practical model of community and civic engagement that can enhance civil society’s skills and capacity to prevent and counter-radicalisation (PVE/CVE) by developing digital toolkits to disseminate in the local communities. Secondly, to develop support structures offering to all relevant local actors tailored trainings and consultancy services to help them to implement specific initiatives on PVE/CVE.

For that purpose, the project created a platform of consultancy services, in order to provide technical assistance to NGOs in the field of P/CVE.

👉 Find out more and explore the platform here.

RI-TRATTI Festival On 23 and 24 September 2021, the International Women’s House in Rome hosted the RI-TRATTI FESTIVAL: DA SÉ PER LE ALTRE/from oneself for the others. The Festival celebrated the courage and experience of the protagonists of HEAL project focusing on fanzines as an engine of discussion on the global phenomenon of human trafficking, insisting on the need to improve services for psychological support and labor inclusion of women, so that they can orient themselves and plan their future. Our two colleagues Andriana and Andreea attended the two-day festival, curated by Libera contro le mafie and CESIE, for a full immersion between vulnerability and psychology, support and inclusion, migration and human trafficking in which the fanzines become a communicative bridge and a more intimate expression of the personalities of the authors. You can find out more about the festival here.

London Working Group Tackling Radicalization, Violent Extremism and Terrorism Looking back on this day in history – On September 27 2017 the Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) facilitated this multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder workshop bringing together leading institutions and organizations in the UK tackling radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism. Participants included law enforcement agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, civil society and community-based organizations and leading UK academics and experts. Some of the highlights: Participants emphasized the need for communities to be taken more seriously and the need to actively involve communities in identifying the types of policies and programming needed. To often the voices of communities are not authentically involved in policy discussion or understanding what types of programmes really work and which don’t; Participants also spoke about the need to have much more active and authentic collaboration and ‘joined-up’ approaches across sectors; with the need to focus more on ‘upstream prevention’ and really addressing real community needs (including for greater educational resources, job creation, social inclusion programming and more), and to learn the lessons that heavy handed security measures are not enough, and may even frequently be counter-productive; Participants also identified the almost total lack of ‘feed-back loops’ from practitioners to policy makers, the lack of ‘listening to’ and involving real experts and practitioners in policy making, and the almost complete absence of real evaluation and learning in the field. The London Workshop was one of several workshops organized across the European Union as part of the European Commission supported ‘TAKEDOWN’ project. The project was one of the largest ever at that time developing evidence-based models for addressing terrorism and organized crime. PATRIR was one of the members of the project consortium and led several workshops across Europe.  The TAKEDOWN project led to the creation of the firstlinepractitioners.com website – a ‘turn to’ tool for practitioners in the field. It also inspired the creation of several future projects, including CHAMPIONS (www.championsproject.eu) focusing on improving inter-institutional and multi-sectoral collaboration; Do One Brave Thing (www.onebravething.eu) engaging with youth across Poland, Hungary, Romania and Italy and developing a web-service and plug-in to identify fake news online; PARTICIPATION (www.participation-in.eu) – one of the largest ever projects in Europe to systematically study extremism in Europe today and engage with local governments, NGOs, schools and more to tackle the drivers and causes of radicalization and extremism; and INDEED – one of the largest every projects in Europe to improve evaluation and learning in the P/CVE field. It also inspired the 2021 ‘Prevent EU’ conference bringing together policy makers, practitioners, and projects and initiatives from across Europe and internationally – to learn from each other, inspire, exchange, and do better together than we can apart. PATRIR is a member of all of these projects – each of them supported by the European Commission – and works daily to strengthen democracy, active citizenship and social inclusion, and tackle the drivers and causes of violence and extremism.

A success story

We share with you a living source of inspiration that is dedicated to the community with a lot of passion and devotion. She likes to say about herself that she is the good policeman who is present to actively listen to the needs, the problems and to offer guidance to the citizens.

Felicia Hrihorisan is a Police Commissioner, Head of the School Safety Bureau at the Satu Mare County Police Inspectorate and an active volunteer within the GRAB – Support group for women who have experienced abuse – Satu Mare. She has been and currently is involved in the implementation of many projects to prevent and counter violence, and directly focuses on projects aimed at countering violence against women and sexual violence. She organized the Campaign “Invisible Violence – Causes, Consequences and Solutions to Violence Against Women” – where she won the first prize at the Romanian Youth Gala 2019 – non-formal section.

What she wants is for the collective mindset on how women are perceived to be changed, namely equal rights and for them to be treated with respect. And stereotypes about female victims of violence, such as “she deserves it” “has a big mouth” and “it’s her fault” to be eliminated.

Here you can read more about Felicia’s story.

We are very proud of what she have achieved and we want her to inspire as many people as possible to take action. What are you doing now for your community?

* Action implemented within the CEAR project.

INDEED: A Major Step Forward for the PVE/CVE Field

On the 21st and 22nd of September, the 19 partners of the INDEED project met in Warsaw, Poland for the “Kick-Off” meeting launching the project. INDEED will be a 36 month project supported by the European Commission to improve evaluation and learning in preventing and countering violent extremism. Funded through the Commission’s ‘Horizon 2020’ funding line, the INDEED project represents one of the most important initiatives to date to improve how evaluation and learning are done in the PVE/CVE field.

The project consortium includes leading think tanks, institutes, universities and law enforcement agencies across Europe.

PATRIR is proud to be one of the members of the INDEED project. The Institute will be active across all aspects of the project, including in the organization of policy and practitioners forums bringing together policy makers, practitioners, academics and experts from across Europe; creating a new ‘podcast’ channel where we will hold exciting discussions with leading practitioners and experts in the field; creation of ‘Smarthubs’ and Communities of Practice linking front-line practitioners and improving collaboration in the field; and much more.

The Project Director at PATRIR will be Kai Brand-Jacobsen, President of the Institute. He’s joined by PATRIR Researchers Dana Dolghin and Isabella Pirlogea.

Partners in the INDEED Project include: Polish Platform for Homeland Security (CSO2)The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR); VUB Institute for European Studies; Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research Sheffield Hallam University (CENTRIC); the University of Helsinki; the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS); the Vienna Centre for Societal Security; DEEP BLUE; TRANSFORM; ITTI; Local Police Rupel; Police Police Regional Police Headquarters – Gdansk; Hellenic Police; Riga Municipal Police; Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs – Federal State of Bremen; Centre for Security Studies – Ministry of Citizen Protection; General Directorate Execution of Sentences (Prison and Probation Service); Madrid Municipal Police; Qualify Just – IT Solutions and Consulting

“The INDEED project is an incredibly important step forward for the field. There is very little proper evaluation and learning done on preventing and countering violent extremism projects and policies in Europe – little effort to really understand what’s working, what isn’t working and why, and what we need to do better. INDEED will seek to address this challenge, working directly with practitioners and experts across Europe, building communities of practice, consolidating and driving forward practical knowledge and understanding of how to do evaluation – and just as importantly how to translate the learning from evaluations into improved policy and practice in the field.” Kai Brand-Jacobsen, President, PATRIR

Polarisation, radicalisation and discrimination with focus on Central and Eastern Europe – Publication

The polarisation of society has now become a buzzword that is hardly missing from any political analysis. Trump, the Brexit, migration and the flight movement from the South to Europe, which has almost been pushed into the background again, also globalisation and climate change, and the Corona pandemic, which has been going on for a year now … In all these topic areas, a very fundamental polarisation of positionings is indeed emerging, which overshadows intermediate tones.

The focus of the issue on “Polarisation, Radicalisation and Discrimination in Europe” focuses in particular on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe in the practice of prevention and intervention in the field of democracy education, group-focused enmity and right-wing extremism. Contributors to this issue include those who have been working on-the-ground in the countries, as members of civil society organisations with a sharp and trained eye; those who work in municipalities, schools and extracurricular education as “fighters on the front line” (first-line practitioners, FLPs for short, e.g. teachers, social workers, NGOs, police) on a daily basis in regular structures, in training courses, and workshops as well as in counselling; and have in-depth insights and experience of the challenges, barriers and attempts at solutions.

The publication can be read and downloaded here

This special issue has been produced within the Champions Project.

PATRIR, the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania, stands in solidarity with and supports local peacebuilders active in Afghanistan, at this difficult time. PATRIR staff has actively participated in work on democratization, inclusion and pluralism in Afghanistan and knows, first hand, the lengths that these actors had to go to achieve dialogue, mediation, cover basic education and health needs, sometimes against all odds and operating outside the protection of the international community. As an organization working on mediation and postconflict recovery, we know their work is irreplaceable.
We stand with the international community when urging the new regime to respect basic human and civic rights and to support the advancements of women in girls in science, education, administration and the private sector. We are aware that most local NGO workers, peacebuilders, mediators would like to continue their work. But for those opting to leave the country, we urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Government to expedite the visa process and any humanitarian assistance needed. The Romanian state, as the international community, has the “responsibility to protect” those whose lives are threatened by their own governments. Learn more information here.

PATRIR, Institutul Român pentru Pace, își exprimă solidaritatea și sprijinul pentru colegii noștri și cetățenii din Afganistan care au activat timp de două decenii la nivelul comunității locale pentru a construi un spațiu democrat și incluziv, pentru a garanta drepturile femeilor, tinerilor și dialogul interetnic și pentru a redresa efectele deceniilor de violență (cu cauze deseori independente de voința lor)., De-a lungul anilor, ca instituție care lucrează în mediere și facilitarea procesului de pace, prevenirea violenței și radicalizării, pentru drepturile femeilor și pace și stabilizare postconflict am lucrat împreună pentru reclădirea Afganistanului. În acest moment, suntem alături de acești actori uneori puțin cunoscuți și vizibili, care reușesc să intervină acolo unde alte organizații nu au acces și sprijină comunitățile să găsească soluții împreună.

PATRIR și comunitatea națională și internațională de lucrători în domeniul păcii nu poate să-și abandoneze colegii. Știm că mulți dintre cei menționați mai sus nu doresc să părăsească țara și continuă să activeze la nivel comunitar. Însă, facem apel la organizațiile naționale competente să pună în practică forme de asistență umanitară pentru cei care doresc să plece pentru că se simt amenințați. Dorim ca Ministerul Afacerilor Externe și Guvernul României să accelereze în regim de urgență procesul de acordare de vize tuturor celor implicați în operațiuni de cultivare și menținere a păcii din cadrul societății afgane care doresc să părăsească țara. De asemenea, invităm instituțiile responsabile din cadrul administrației să fie transparente în privința măsurilor propuse, să se consulte cu parteneri din societatea civilă, presă și organizații internaționale umanitare și să participe activ la eforturile internaționale de mediere a crizei umanitare. Pentru mai multe informații puteți accesa acest link.

Tackling radicalization and extremism through online tools – Launching ALERT, ARENA and Training Yard

CHAMPIONs is launching new online tools to support practitioners who work in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism. The online tools are embedded in the FirstLinePractitioners.com website which functions as a knowledge hub and networking platform for teachers, social workers, NGOs, researchers and local governments. Learn more information here.

How to design and carry out Social Labs in the context of analyzing and preventing extremism?

We are thrilled to introduce Social Labs, an innovative holistic approach to co-create findings, tools and solutions toward the analysis and intervention in the field of extremism, polarization and radicalization. Within the framework of the PARTICIPATION project, Social Labs are central spaces for the analysis of existing experiences and the formulation of future actions and activities to promote the uptake of social inclusion as a key factor to address radicalization. Learn more about it here.

Public Exhibition “Parteneriate Clujene”, June 1-15, Central Park of Cluj-Napoca

Between June 1-15, 2021, PATRIR, in collaboration with the partners of the Cluj Round Tables, would like to invite you to visit Expoziția publică „Parteneriate Clujene, in Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park in Cluj-Napoca, on the secondary alley next to the University of Art and Design building. The exhibition uses a collaborative approach that brings together the efforts of several partners gathered during the Cluj Round Tables of the European project CHAMPIONs. Going through the exhibition, you can read about their experiences in working with young people, individually or institutionally. You can find out about cases in which their intervention has influenced borderline situations among the beneficiaries and about future professional plans. The partners also share thoughts about their vision of increasing trust in the institutional environment, and lessons learned from ongoing projects. The exhibition is in Romanian.

Join the 16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence

PATRIR would like to invite organizations, institutions and companies from Cluj to join the “16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence“. The campaign is a strong global commitment inspired by women, men, girls, boys, companies, civic organizations, public institutions, media partners, human rights activists, academia, and more – working together to increase awareness-raising in society and globally, in order to make practical changes to overcome and end all forms of gender-based violence. The campaign also encourages the participation of women and girls in all categories of society. This is an initiative based on inclusion and collaboration, co-developed by key actors in Cluj-Napoca, but also nationally.

You can learn more about how to get involved here: English | Romanian.

Cluj Collaboration Magazine: April – May Edition

Each month, “Cluj Collaboration” brings you information about events in Cluj, Europe and around the world, as well as updates on future events, their reports and news about current projects, courses and conferences that may be of interest. This edition also contains two interviews with our partners! The magazine can be widely distributed – including to colleagues and partners – and is intended to help improve the exchange of information. We hope that this newsletter will be of interest and that you will enjoy reading it! You can read the 5th edition by accessing this link.

#EUPrevent – European Conference on Preventing Polarization & Violent Radicalization: Strengthening Resilience, Fostering Innovation, Consolidating Lessons & Pioneering New Frontiers

Between 26-29 April 2021, specialists from across Europe on issues such as social polarisation, extremism and radicalisation, met at the European Conference on Preventing Polarization & Violent Radicalization: Strengthening Resilience, Fostering Innovation, Consolidating Lessons & Pioneering New Frontiers. The event was co-organized by six European Commission-funded projects ending in 2021: Rhizome against PolarizationCHAMPIONsYoungResWayOutARMOUR and BRIDGE.

PATRIR and the CHAMPIONs project were represented in several sessions, especially focusing on initiatives in Cluj on youth well-being, inclusive education and equal opportunities as pilot projects to prevent social polarization and extremism. The ALERT / ARENA platform was also presented as a sustainable option for locating and reacting to cases of urban extremism in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Germany. You can learn more about the outcomes of the event here.

Cluj Forum 2021 | 18 – 19 May 2021

Between May 18-19, 2021, PATRIR, in partnership with over 15 non-governmental institutions and organizations, organises “Cluj Forum 2021”, a platform for debate on experiences and perspectives, successful initiatives and good practices for issues community of young people in Cluj. The event will take place online for two days, and aims to create a context that brings together the most relevant social actors in the field of inclusive education and youth well-being, through workshops for beneficiaries, discussions with the public and presentations. The main language of the event is Romanian, but there are also sessions in English.

You can register and learn more about the event on this page. You can also visit the Facebook Event.

Shaping the Future of Europe: Youth Summit Event | 13th of May 2021

PATRIR would like to invite you to the “Shaping the Future of Europe: Youth Summit” event that will take place on the 13th of May 2021.  Shaping the Future of Europe is an online Youth Summit bringing together youth, youth organisations and organisations working with youth from across Europe and around the world. The Youth Summit will provide a platform for youth organisations and youth engaging across the continent to shape the future of Europe and bring forward their voices and their solutions on the most significant challenges facing us in Europe and in the world today. The Summit will be highly interactive, dynamic and engaging – with presentations, interactive sessions, and hearing from some of the most dedicated and inspiring youth working in their communities, nationally and internationally. The event is organised as part of the Shaping the Future of Europe Initiative of the Do One Brave Thing project.

“The Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change” Project

One of our main partners in Cluj, The Social and Medical Services Directorate (DASM), is currently implementing a European project together with the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family – APHVF, Cyprus, as Coordinator, and its partners, Bournemouth University (BU)- United Kingdom, Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti Onlus- CAM, Italy, The Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (UWAH), Greece, and European Knowledge Spot, Greece. The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

The aim of the OSSPC project is to prevent further domestic violence and change violent behavioral patterns by increasing the capacity of frontline workers that will further teach perpetrators of domestic violence to adopt non-violent behavior in interpersonal relationships and understand the impact of domestic violence on them, family and community.

You can learn more about it by reading these documents: Press Release 1 | Press Release 2 | Newsletter 1 | Newsletter 2

Redirect 3.5% of income tax and contribute to our work!

Every year, PATRIR, through its projects, strives to promote and strengthen democracy, to increase the well-being of communities, to promote gender equality, opportunities, security and innovation, but also initiate initiatives against radicalization, extremism and hatred, both at the level of locally as well as internationally. Contribute to this change, helping to fulfil our mission, by redirecting the 3.5% of income tax! You can find out more about the steps to follow here.

STIRE – Supporting the Integration of the Resettled
Activity Report

The overall objective of STIRE is to foster the resettlement process by contributing to the social and cultural support (prior to departure and after the arrival) of the resettled, by facilitating capacity building activities in the receiving communities and by enhancing cooperation and partnership between resettled and host communities in Austria, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Romania and Slovenia. The report of the project is now available online. This report is summarising the activities and events hosted in the second year of STIRE implementation, mainly between January 2020 – January 2021. This report is summarising the activities and events hosted in the second year of STIRE implementation, mainly between January 2020 – January 2021.

You can find the report here.

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!

#16stories initiative

#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!

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.


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



The Department of Peace Operations works upon request from conflict parties and local, national and international organisations and agencies to support violence prevention, peacebuilding, mediation, and post-war recovery. DPO experts include practitioners, analysts, diplomats, and others.

Read more about DPO


The International Peace & Development Training Center is one of the world’s leading providers of training, capacity building and professional development support for practitioners, governments, UN and local, national and international organisations working in peacebuilding, prevention, and post-war peace consolidation.

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The National Peace Department works for a world in which young people share their belief that their attitudes and behaviors are decisive in resolving conflicts and waging peace, a world in which they can and do act upon that belief with the beauty, creativity and enthusiasm specific to their age.

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“As a professional development practitioner I had taken many courses on Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes/Projects. The training on Developing Strategic Tools for Measuring Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding Projects and Interventions has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the tools and skills for systematic and structured ways for measuring Impact and Effectives of Pecebuilding Projects and Interventions. The training is very important and timely given to equip Civil Affairs Field Staff on Monitoring and Evaluation concepts, tools and processes.”

Solomon Woldemichael
Affairs Officer, Unites Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

“…PATRIR is […] an example of going global from the local level. Based in the university town of Cluj in Transilvania, a multicultural setting in central Romania, in the past 10 years PATRIR has crossed boundaries and borders both geographically and mentally. The results and outcomes of its endeavors have been visible throughout the globe from Sudan, to Cyprus, to Kosovo and Northern Ireland to name a few.”

Dr. Oana Cristina Popa
Former ambassador of Romania to Croatia

“I will not hesitate to unreservedly recommend this program [Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR)] for all actors in the pecebuilding field. I dare say that without it you stand the risk of missing the mark, with it your chance of success in your endeavours are quite significantly enhanced!”

Paul Ebikwo
Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMID, Sudan

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