Recently there has been a growing interest in alternatives to violence even at the level of long-term
political activists. In fact these activists and community leaders have specifically expressed their
dissatisfaction with the cycle of violence and its results, and requested information and training for active

MEND, having built its reputation on a holistic and creative approach to violence in schools, has taken this
approach further to reach the general population. Working through film, the internet, radio, bumper
stickers, posters, and news advertisements, MEND has changed the local attitude to nonviolence from one
of scepticism or dismissal (when MEND was first established in 1998) to one of interest and appreciation - so that now even the Palestinian President talks about nonviolence. If there can be a visible nonviolence
movement, this will give hope to all those on both sides who fear the cycle of violence and cannot see
any partners for peace.


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For the past three years, we have been working with women in the excluded insecure neighbourhood of Izariyya (Bethany) on the outskirts of East Jerusalem (security area B) and empowered them not only with trainings and meetings but with connections with women in Iraq (Women and Youth Against Violence 2013-6) and two other Palestinian organisations: “Women’s Parliament” of East Jerusalem, and the Arab Education Institute in Bethlehem.


The project consisted of trainings in nonviolence, gender (including the importance of UNSCR 1325) and media, and of meetings with security officials and local authorities to promote the voice of women in security, and increase their role in local decision making. It also included at the local level, the production of a magazine and several radio interviews, and regionally, several planning meetings in Amman and Turkey, and a final “Women’s Peacebuilding Roundtable” with activists from the region. PAX are seeking funds to develop this with MEND to create a women’s network.