During Peace Con 2018, Grace Initiative will host a workshop on October 26, at 10:45
“Circles of Trust”©
Healing, Empowering and Transforming
Lives of Rural Women
For Sustainable Peace
Workshop on October 26, 2018: Circles of Trust, Conflict Prevention and Restorative Rural Development
The framework for the panel and the participants’ engagement includes: UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, respectively S/RES/2282 and A/RES/70/262, which called for sustaining peace by “preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict.” Further, it integrates global agendas such as the UN GA High Level Meeting on Peacebuilding, held 24-25 April 2018, which underscored the axiom that we must work “to save peace while it lasts, not to deal with the situation once peace is lost.” Also, it adheres to the 2030 Agenda goals, especially SDGs 1, 5, 12, 15, and 16. With this as our framework, this workshop on “Circles of Trust”, integrates women and peacebuilding and conflict prevention, through transforming and sustaining grass roots rural communities.
The overall discussion will emphasize and explore how sustaining peace should in practical terms include conflict prevention, and why and how this includes the full integration of rural communities and especially rural women.
This proposal calls for pilot project to integrate holistic goals of the Peace Accord for transformation of causes of the conflict especially in rural areas and the impact on women and girls. To this end, our pilot project calls for integrating the goals of restorative justice of community healing, of governance through peaceful discourse, and rural sustainable development through community supported agriculture and value added crops, for nutrition, sustenance and income generation. This project’s goals include transformation of causes of conflict, promotion of peace and the prevention of conflict through healing, empowering and transforming livesof rural women, including internally displaced. Rural women endure victimization from: conflict; forced displacement; domestic violence; lack of nutrition and employment.We envisage this transformation via: “circles of trust,” evolving through engagement, training and crop cultivation, including verified medicinal plants,the oldest form of health care.The program is about restorative strategies integratedwith rural agricultural development. In countries, which face crime and victimization due to illicit, crops, our strategy offers an alternative especially for small farmers.
The programme focuses on women and girls’ leadership for rebuilding rural communities through healing and engagement combined with agricultural practices that comprise a purpose of fostering sustainable and resilient communities for an enduring peace. It integrates restorative justice theology of healing, combined with sustainable agricultural mechanisms for women and girls who are trying to rebuild their lives, families and communities after conflict and or extreme hardship due to violence or criminal activity. During conflict and violence, women and girls are at high risk of discrimination, gender-violence and extreme poverty
Restorative rural agricultural development builds from the necessityfor healing and for rebuilding of relationships, communities and societies after conflict, violence and extreme poverty. Its goals are transformational with objectives of community reconciliation, sustainability, and resilience.
In addition to healing, community agricultural provides local food sources, providing directly nutrition and sustenance. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), malnutrition and food insecurity is on the rise. The food security situation has worsened most notably in situations of conflict and conflict combined with droughts or floods. To this end, our project also aims to promote peacebuilding , conflict prevention and to provide a local source of food security.
Our proposed program proposes
As part of the healing and sustainability process, we propose community sustainable farming. We firmly believe that agriculture offers a variety of healing benefits as it provides those involved with purpose and opportunity as well as physical and psychological benefits.”For example, through the CSA, women will learn about sustainable and organic farming, which in turn, will provide them with skill building, sustainable consumption and income alternatives for them, their families and their communities. This will ultimately result in high self-esteem for women who can become leaders for peace.
In addition, the program provides an alternative and cost-effective mechanism for facilitating and fostering peacebuilding through innovative community agricultural practices. This program combines qualities of restorative justice, such as story-telling and healing with relationship building, engagement, social cohesion with community agriculture endeavors which promote sustainable and resilient agricultural practices . This project considers land management, alternative low cost energy and green technology, and programs such as community supported agriculture (CSA). It incorporates community healing and reconciliation.
We suggest a mixture of crops for nutrition, health and revenue. Further, we propose cultivation of medicinal plants, which also offer healing as well as income. In addition, this type of crop production does not require a large land plots.
The Social Protection Department has approved the use of medicinal plants as an alternative medicine and lists in the Colombian Vademecum of Medicinal Plants, the species that have been approved for a specific use and their verified pharmacological activity, “Folk medicine in the northern Coast of Colombia: an overview”, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethno-medicine. 7. 27. 10.1186/1746-4269-7-27.