Dec 2018

Hopes for peace in 2019

In 2018, we partnered with nearly 80 local and international individuals and organisations, which included women’s groups, youth networks, human rights organisations and peacebuilders. These partnerships are fundamental to our work. Here, some of our partners share their hopes for peace and their work in 2019.

I have many hopes for 2019 - for my country, for my state, for Hope Interactive and for myself. My first hope is for a peaceful presidential election process and that the polarised and divided nature of Nigeria will not degenerate into violence. I hope to see Yobe State unleash the shackles of the past and progress into the light of modernity so that it radiates tolerance, inclusiveness and peace. While my hope for Hope Interactive and myself is to continue to learn and grow so that we are able to play an even more active and effective role in achieving conflict transformation in northeastern Nigeria.

Mshelia Birma Wayuta, Executive Director, Hope Interactive, Yobe State, Nigeria.

GAPS is excited by the opportunities 2019 can bring for gender and peacebuilding. 2019 will lay the groundwork for ‘2020: the year of women and girls rights’ which will bring together the 25th anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action, five years since the SDGs and the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.  2019 gives us all an opportunity to work together for real, genuine, impactful change for women and girls affected by conflict, which ensures that gender is at the heart of peacebuilding.

Hannah Bond, Director, Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS).

In 2019 voices for peacebuilding need to get stronger to replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, just like a doctor who will cure the virus of violence or an artist who will make the world our masterpiece - the hope amidst the rubble.

Ezabir Ali, founder and secretary of EHSAAS, works in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Ladakh in Indian-administered Kashmir.

First and foremost I hope for the return of security to the areas of Yobe and Borno States that remain outside the control of the Nigerian state at this moment in time. Beyond this, I hope for the promotion of tolerance and understanding across religious, ethnic, political and other deep-rooted divides in northeast Nigeria so that we can begin to repair some of the scars of ten years of insurgency in the region and look forward to a brighter future. I hope to see holistic reconciliation processes that consider the needs of all groups in society with an emphasis upon dialogue, mutual development and trust building exercises.

Mohammed Abdullahi, Finance Officer, Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress, Borno State, Nigeria.

I hope that our peacebuilding journey continues in 2019 towards creating more peaceful borders in the region. Peaceful coexistence is key to development, stability and improving our livelihoods.

Hassan Osman Shurie, Local Peace Committee member, Garissa, Kenya.

Building on my work on women, peacebuilding and mediation, I hope that 2019 will be a year to focus further on creating more spaces for women from Azad Jammu and Kashmir to ensure their representation and recognise their crucial role in peace and mediation. I am eagerly looking forward to the learning opportunities which will come from being a member of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth -  a global network bringing together women mediators from Commonwealth countries.

Atia Anwer Zoon, works across Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

In 2019 the girls of Beni hope to raise their voices to say NO to war and YES to peace.

Member of One Girl One Leader in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

We hope to make the European Union (EU) more active and effective at preventing violent conflict and building peace globally. As the EU is getting ready to renew its parliament and leadership and is negotiating its future budget for 2020-2027, we hope that European officials across the board will prioritize human security by ensuring conflict sensitivity of its actions. We also hope that the EU will continue its vital financial and political support to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO).

Courage, Tolerance, Hope, future, peace and solidarity... So many words, values who are more important than ever. As we are going through a difficult time, we need to learn again how to live with pain, fear so that tomorrow the same thing will not happen to other innocent people. Because despite everything, we need to move forward, this is my message of peace, solidarity and hope so that we have the courage and belief in life and the future.

Nicolas Kinamboli, member of Solidarity and Integral Assistance to Destitute People (SAIPED), Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peace Northern Kenya

Tree Northern Kenya
Flickr: Northern Kenya EC:ECHO Daniel Dickinson

Peace is something we all seek,
when we lack it, we feel weak,
since its rooted deep inside,
without peace we are closely tired.

Peace you won't catch it from the sky,
You can't buy it from anywhere,
something about it truly sublime,
It does not follow distance nor time

We all know that healthy relations,
are the keys to peaceful nation,
War and conflicts, we must avoid,
So that beauty of life, may be enjoyed.

Rukia Mohamed, Local Peace Committee member, Garissa, Kenya.