From 11 to 15 July, SGI participated in the Caux Forum organized by Initiatives of Changes, a worldwide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human behavior, starting with their own. The five-day conference titled “Towards an inclusive peace,” aimed at addressing peacebuilding from different perspectives, engaging people from all over the world with diverse background, gender and nationality through panels and workshops.
On 12 July, SGI, International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education (OIDEL) and Globe Ethics, as part of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), organized a workshop titled “Human Rights Education for an Inclusive Peace,” reflecting on the role of human rights education as a powerful tool to prevent violence, hatred and discrimination and ultimately build a culture of peace.
As part of the interactive workshop, participants viewed the exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education,” developed by SGI, in partnership with the HRE2020 network, the NGO WG on HREL and the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, with support from OHCHR. After viewing the exhibition, participants engaged in lively discussion on the following questions:
- How do you see HRE linked to your work/daily life?
- Can you think and share of an example of your own experience where HRE would have been useful to effectively build inclusive peaceful societies?
- According to your own experience, what do you think would be needed to ensure that HRE can effectively contribute to prevent violence, hatred and discrimination and building inclusive societies?
Representatives from academia, international organizations and civil society participated in the event.