" Working for Justice and Peace is a Question of Balance."

Workshop on the Rights-Based Approach to Conflict Management & Peacebuilding is Organized with Youths

Posted in Protection of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups in the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

Within the context of the ongoing Armed Conflict which has had a firm grip over the North West Region in particular, and English-Speaking Cameroon in general, the Justice & Peace Commission continues to look for avenues through which it can significantly contribute to restoring peace in this locality.

On the 12th of June 2020, it organized a reflection workshop with over 20 young people, coming from the Muslim, Presbyterian, Baptist and Catholic denominatoions to brainstorm on individual & collective efforts which can be effectively put in place by themselves, for both young and old within their respective communities as meassures to mitigate the effects of the conflict, and why not contribute to its end.

These young people were drilled on the basic concepts of Justice, Conflict, & Peacebuilding, and the value the Rights-Based Approach adds to Conflict Mitigation.

Another key presentation focused on; How Can Youths Contribute to Facilitate the Peace Process in Cameroon? It encouraged and build their capacities as key actors in peacebuilding processes to assert their place on the table and be able to make informed decisions on whatever issues that affect their welbeing.

As a key tool for this journey, the Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Andrew F. Nkea was also reflected upon by these young people, with copies hand over to each of them.

This working session facilitated by Pedmia Shuta Tita (Peace & Conflict Transformation Trainer) ended with this Take Home Message to participants:

“Making peace ultimately requires the firm commitment and extraordinary courage, on the part of all sides, to ensure a permanent end to violence.”

                 Kofi Annan, October 2011.

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