Pillars of Peace
Peace X Peace and its members have identified eight requirements for thriving communities. We call them the Pillars of Peace.
Each of the Pillars is an essential component of a culture that embodies values, attitudes, choices, modes of behavior, and ways of life that will ultimately lead to sustainable peace.
The Pillars of Peace are:
- Conflict Transformation
- Cross-cultural Understanding
- Economic Empowerment
- Environmental Sustainability
- Health and Well-being
- Interfaith Dialogue
- Justice and Good Governance
Peace X Peace believes that shared effort to strengthen all the Pillars, with women’s leadership and active engagement, is vital to achieve sustainable peace.
Conflict Transformation: Conflict Transformation addresses the root causes of conflicts — including inequality and social injustice — by changing perceptions, reforming societal structures, and improving communication. We can build peace by going beyond the resolution of specific issues and promoting constructive change.
Cross-cultural Understanding: Even within a single culture, each of us has a unique perspective on the world, our place in it, and our relationships with others. By taking the time to understand other people and cultures, we gain appreciation of our differences, our similarities, and our potential to build peace together.
Economic Empowerment: Economic empowerment is among the most important tools to prevent victimization of women around the world. Women who are financially independent can act as positive agents for change.
Education: Access to education is the right of every nation’s citizens. And it is only when these rights are fully realized that individuals can fulfill their responsibilities as active citizens. Peace education incorporates the principles of affirmation, clear communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution into its teaching.
Environmental Sustainability: Caring for the earth and all living things through the wise use of natural resources is the way to environmental sustainability. In building peace, environmental issues are a natural platform for enhancing dialogue, building confidence, highlighting shared interests and broadening cooperation between divided groups.
Health and Well-being: Health is a human right. It supports a culture of peace because healthy women and men can be active in society, rebuild communities devastated by conflict, and create structures that ensure the well-being of all.
Interfaith Dialogue: Interfaith dialogue promotes positive interactions between people of different religious traditions and spiritual beliefs with the aim of understanding and respecting differing values, beliefs, and behaviors. When we look at the intersections between faiths, we can explore what divides us and discover what unites us.
Justice and Good Governance: Good governance ensures that societal structures provide services to citizens equitably and efficiently to promote political and social stability as well as the realization of rights and justice.