3rd Love and Tolerance conference

 Love & Tolerance: Countering Violent Extremism through Peace Education and Love

            Love & Tolerance: Countering Extremism through Peace Education and Love is organized by Ufuk Dialogue and held in three states of Nigeria, Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos having an attendance of nearly two thousands people. The ​events will emphasizes the importance of Love and Tolerance in countering Violent extremism.

            The main objective of the conference is to create a platform for discussion among participants pointing out the necessity of personal introspection and social dialogue as well as interfaith or inter-ethnic dialogue for mutual understanding. It will also encourage participants to see dialogue as a first option and strive to understand the concept and relevance of love, tolerance and acceptance. Government officials, traditional and religious leaders and dignitaries from various ethnic groups, scholars and intellectuals, will attend the conference. The conference will bring together dignitaries with diverse backgrounds from across the nation.

            By organising such a conference in three states, Ufuk Dialogue in colloboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution(IPCR), the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), the European Union and UN Women  provided a ground for networking and experience-sharing for participants where they will be able to express their views, and exchange policy relevant views on the chosen topic. Civil entities are provided the opportunity to voice their views through dialogue, thus, promoting nationwide cooperation among these entities and contribute to making a future vision of tolerance and love for personal and social development.

UFUK Dialogue seeks end to violent extremism in Nigeria

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UFUK Dialogue, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation has called for an end to violent extremism in Nigeria through love and tolerance.

This is a major resolution of an international conference on Love and Tolerance organised by UFUK Dialogue in collaboration with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja.

Major speakers at the conference include Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of Abuja, and Dr Rachel Rudolph, an international expert on religious extremism.

Minster of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who was a panellist, said: “Boko Haram insurgents took advantage of our impatience and intolerance to cause havoc. The Qu’ran does not encourage killing and likewise the Bible.”

Prof. Oshita Oshita, director general of the IPCR said: “The event was aimed at highlighting love and tolerance as veritable tools towards countering violent extremism in the society.

“We cannot ignore the role of tolerance and love in every functional society. And it must be stated emphatically that what Nigeria needs at this point in time is love and tolerance” he stated, adding:  ”with love in our hearts, we would be able to tolerate one another, including our religious affiliation and cultural inclination”

Cardinal Onaiyekan commended UFUK Dialogue for its insight, saying: “UFUK Dialogue must be commended for this wonderful initiative. This is very timely especially in this period of our existence”

On the objective of the conference, director of UFUK Dialogue, Mr. Kamil Kemanci, said: “The conference is aimed at ensuring that love and tolerance continues to dominate our actions, inactions and relationships in the quest to build a better society for all”.

The technical session was chaired by Mrs Sardutu Shehu Mardi, of the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA).

Ufuk Dialogue was founded in 2011 with the mission to foster inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace all over the world and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange.

June 13, 2016

2nd Love and Tolerance Conference

Love & Tolerance: Countering Violent Extremism Through Love and Tolerance

            Love & Tolerance: Countering Extremism through Peace Education and Love is organized by Ufuk Dialogue and held in three states of Nigeria, Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos having an attendance of nearly two thousands people. The ​events will emphasize the importance of Love and Tolerance in countering violent extremism.

            The main objective of the conference is to create a platform for discussion among participants pointing out the necessity of personal introspection and social dialogue as well as interfaith or inter-ethnic dialogue for mutual understanding. It will also encourage participants to see dialogue as a first option and strive to understand the concept and relevance of love, tolerance and acceptance. Government officials, traditional and religious leaders and dignitaries from various ethnic groups, scholars and intellectuals, will attend the conference. The conference will bring together dignitaries with diverse backgrounds from across the nation.

                In this edition of the love and tolerance conference, Ufuk dialogue collaborated with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and UN Women to educate the world about the need to conter violent extremism through love and tolerance.

The Preventive Role of Culture in Women’s Empowerment: Possibilities and Challenges

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On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), Peace Islands Institute, The Journalists and Writers Foundation, UN Women Liberia, Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, The Rainbow Intercultural Dialogue Center and the Thailand Achievement Institute collaborated to organize a side-event entitled “The Preventive Role of Women in Women’s Empowerment: Possibilities and Challenges” on 17 March 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters.

Dr. Nuray Yurt, the Director of Peace Islands Institute New Jersey, delivered a welcome speech and introduced the speakers to the audience. Dr. Yurt said that the impact of beliefs, traditions and cultures could be turned into possible opportunities, which can strengthen women’s empowerment.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Julia Duncan Cassell informed the audience on women’s life in Liberia. According to H.E. Cassell, in order to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goal #5, as well as becoming active at the political and social life, it is necessary to accept, practice and utilize local traditions and culture. H.E. Cassell finalized her speech by saying “Women do not only want to be seen, but also be heard. In an environment that provides equal educational opportunities, women can do everything that men can do. Give us the chance to rise at the top!”

Following H.E. Cassell`s remarks, Awa Ndiaye Seck, the UN Women Representative of Liberia, stated that culture is not an obstacle to women, but the way its been used is hindering women`s potential. “We can use culture to strengthen women’s status on financial and socio-economic matters by talking about its advantages and disadvantages. In addition, it is not itself that prevents us from doing what we do, but the way we use it, said Seck.

At the beginning of her speech, Roberta Clarke, the UN Women Regional Director of Asia and Pacific, who is also the Representative of Thailand, called the audience’s attention to the cultural movement: “None of us live the lives of our grandmothers or mothers, but nevertheless women have to face inequalities and discriminations in all areas of daily life.“ According to Clarke, the different approaches, visions, models and roots of each country and their circumstances and priorities should be used to enhance women’s status.

Last but not least, Dr. Sa’adatu Hassan Liman, who is an Associate Professor on Religious Studies at Nasarawa State University, addressed her speech on eliminating violence against women through traditional mechanism from the Nigerian perspective. Dr. Liman said that the key strategy to overcome cultural obstacles that prevent women and girls empowerment is to support their education in order to overcome their lack of educational status. Dr. Liman concluded her remarks by saying that “Why we do not use religion to eliminate discrimination and violence against women and support women’s education and empowerment.

Source: Peace Islands Institute , March 2016

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