Thursday, 09 November, 2017

In 2016, Creators of Peace (CoP) celebrated its 25th anniversary as a global network of women in peace building. Jean Brown served as an international coordinator for 23 years, and developed the approach that today is being applied by individuals in communities around Australia and in over 40 other countries. Kirsty Argento, volunteer coordinator at IofC Australia, interviewed Jean before participants at the Asia-Pacific Regional Gathering that took place in Taiwan in 2017.

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017

A more compassionate city, a more compassionate country, a more compassionate world: this was religious historian Karen Armstrong’s vision when she launched the ‘Charter for Compassion’. Parveen Muhammed speaks with Terry Ayling and Lesley Bryant, who are working to make that vision a reality on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Sunday, 08 October, 2017

Extremism. Inequalities. Environmental degradation. The challenges are immense, and they transcend borders. Since the 1950s, Initiatives of Change (IofC) has promoted connections between Australia and countries in the region, to develop people-to-people solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the day. This year’s Asia-Pacific Regional Gathering of IofC people pondered on achievements and emerging challenges.

Thursday, 21 September, 2017
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe poster

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe started out as a successful theatre production in 2011, developed by Australian director Ros Horin. The stage performance featured four women from four African countries telling the true stories of their experiences of sexual violence. A film about the making of the stage show premiered in 2016.

Monday, 04 September, 2017
Life Matters

A chance encounter through a Google search brought Marlous Teh to her first Life Matters workshop.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
South Sudan Village

South Sudan is the world’s newest country, but 72% of its people live in refugee camps. Kathryn Gor describes what the diaspora community in Australia is doing to help.

Friday, 28 July, 2017
Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS)

Halfway up a Swiss mountainside, Delia Paul discovers a global conference with a difference.
The first clue was the conductor at the Montreux railway station. Nodding to the giggling group of young women boarding the train, he snapped, ‘Caux’? They assented. A middle-aged man got on, then a Southeast Asian-looking couple, a group of smartly-dressed Africans, and some tanned, sandal-wearing Europeans. ‘Caux?’ ‘Oui.’ Everyone.

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017

The killing, murder and massacre of indigenous Australians as the British settlers took their land were often known as the Frontier Wars. Few of the countless killings and only one of the many massacres that took place into the 20th century, the Myall Creek Massacre, was ever fully investigated and prosecuted.

Each long weekend in June, Australians of Indigenous and settler descent meet at the site to make peace with the past. Aslan Shand interviews convenor Graeme Cordiner on what Myall Creek means for Australia.

Monday, 19 June, 2017
Armagh Open Day

On Saturday 1 July at 10.30 am, Armagh will open its doors to display its beautiful spaces and welcome the community to an Open Day Market.

Friday, 09 June, 2017

Darkness and light in human experience: Rwandan genocide survivor and musician Jean-Paul Samputu recognizes both. His packed-out concerts had crowds dancing in the aisles in May 2017. Then, just as he left Australia, a young student from a school he had visited died tragically in a bomb blast. The singer-songwriter marked the occasion with a song in her memory. Delia Paul has the background.

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