About South African Peace Alliance
Please note, that due to a forecast of rain this weekend, the Peace Walk has been postponed from 7th November till the 14th of November 2009. We look forward to seeing you there.
The South African Peace Alliance, an NGO based in Cape Town, is part of a global initiative calling on governments to establish ministries or departments of peace. It is envisaged that a South African Department of Peace, headed by a cabinet minister, will build a culture of peace, manage peacekeeping efforts, be involved in peace-building where there was once conflict, seek to achieve disarmament and convert military facilities to peaceful purposes, lead peace education and training; and ensure that we celebrate peace.
The South African Peace Alliance believes that the South African Department of Peace should have a cross-department mandate to ensure the peaceful resolution of conflict and to institutionalise a peace perspective in government. This would be a broad approach to peace – accepting as a starting point that peace is a much bigger concept than simple “anti-war”. Living in peace includes living without poverty, school violence, racial and ethnic conflict, domestic violence, the effects of substance abuse, gangsterism and crime, hate crimes and even animal abuse. It also means living in a dignified home with access to basic services.
The South African Peace Alliance will be embarking on a public participation process over the next 12 months, culminating in the drafting of a proposed Bill for the establishment of a South African Department of Peace.
About the World March for Peace and Non Violence
The aim of the World March for Peace and Non Violence is to give a voice to the majority of world citizens who want peace.
The World March for Peace and Non Violence denounces the dangerous world situation that is leading us closer and closer to nuclear war. The vision being held is the worldwide eradication of nuclear weapons; the immediate withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories; the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons; the signing of non-aggression treaties among nations and the renunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts.
The World March for Peace and Non Violence also hopes to expose the many other forms of violence (economic, racial, sexual, religious…) that are currently hidden or disguised by their perpetrators; and to provide a way for all who suffer such violence to be heard.