#PeaceRising in MENA

by Casey Hogle

on September 18, 2014

You’ve heard of the Arab Uprising. Now it’s time for the Peace Uprising.

Since the upheavals of 2011, momentous social and political shifts have rocked the Middle East and North Africa. Competing visions of the future and widespread frustration with the lack of progress have led to the use of violence. Increasingly polarized politics have eroded public confidence in the effectiveness of peaceful forms of communication.

Nonviolence is the key to creating a durable and prosperous future. The #PeaceRising campaign is kickstarting a regional-level conversation, celebrating individuals committed to nonviolence. Throughout September, #PeaceRising will release a series of op-ed articles by prominent civil society activists, artists, and engaged citizens. We’re also sharing videos featuring inspiring messages about the vital need for tolerance, pluralism, and civic engagement.

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We have found champions in every corner of MENA who are committed to nonviolence. There has never been a better time to share their inspiring messages of peace. In the face of increasing violence in the region, from the “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS or ISIL) to ongoing unrest in Libya, Search plans to highlight a few of the thousands of local peace initiatives performing critical work in the region. In Egypt, popular musicians are singing for an end to the alarming pandemic of sexual harassment against women. In Tunisia, civil society has called for balance in media coverage of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections to mitigate electoral violence. Even in the tense environment of Syria, young activists are committed to continue schooling with special lessons on the values of peace and coexistence. Through this campaign, we are calling on individuals to unite in a vision for nonviolence in constructing the future.

Watch #PeaceUprising’s latest video and look for more coming soon!

Be loud, be engaged, and be part of the conversation!

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Casey Hogle is the Middle East and North Africa Coordinator at Search for Common Ground. She previously worked in local organizations in Jordan and Libya as well as for the Institute for Inclusive Security. Casey obtained her MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.