Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August 2022
17:00 BST/UTC+1 daily (North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, West and South Asia)
Qualities and Strategies of Peacemakers (QSP-online) is a course of five short modules, each based on a film about outstanding peacemakers.
The films show examples of reconciliation after conflict in a variety of contexts: inter-national, inter-religious, inter-ethnic and post-colonial. After an introduction and viewing of the film, participants take part in an interactive analysis facilitated by Dr Omnia Marzouk and/or Peter Riddell.
QSP is for anyone over the age of 18, in particular those who want to respond to past or present instability in their countries. It aims to enrich their understanding of peacemaking, and stimulate new ideas for ways forward.
QSP is free of charge, but voluntary donations to extend the programme are appreciated.
Peter Riddell has worked with Initiatives of Change (IofC UK) organising trust-building programmes between people of different faiths based on shared ethical values, in particular with people who have suffered due to Britain’s colonial legacy.
He is currently Convenor of IofC UK’s Agenda for Reconciliation programme, supporting refugees who wish to contribute to rebuilding their country of origin, with safe space for sharing, training and accompaniment.
He is also Coordinator of Learning to be a Peacemaker, a course designed by Imam Ajmal Masroor, on Islamic approaches to peacemaking for young European Muslims and their non-Muslim peers.
Dr Omnia Marzouk is originally from Egypt, was born in Spain, and has lived most of her life in Australia and Britain. She recently retired as Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, having served as Clinical Director of the Emergency Department and as Associate Medical Director.
Omnia was also the first woman President of Initiatives of Change International from 2011-2016. For many years, she has been engaged in trust-building initiatives and intercultural and interfaith dialogue within the UK, as well as in other parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.