Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

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Nonviolent Communication

She Revolution group held a webinar on nonviolent communication in cooperation with the Lebanese Organization Fighters for Peace on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in an interactive atmosphere that shows the importance of variation and the necessity of seeking an inclusive society that accepts all the differences.

The training was conducted by the Lebanese trainer, Fouad Dirani, Professor of Applied Anthropology at the Lebanese University, Member of the Administrative Board, and the Coordinator of the Fighters for Peace Organization

The workshop started by introducing nonviolent dialogue and explaining the basic definition of violence and highlighting its most significant types.  The workshop also focused on the necessity of understanding others without relying on preconceptions or generalizations erroneously assigned to specific groups in society. Professor Dirani explained the importance of following social theories in the interpretation of human behaviors and the ways of receiving and analyzing the behaviors of others.

During the Questions and Answers segment of the webinar, professor Dirani answered a question addressed to him: “what are the skills that we must learn to change the reaction of stereotypes in our society?” Dirani replied, “There is no specific skill, but rather a complex process that is based on how to transform the conflict by peaceful means and take advantage of the various theories to arrive at a general strategy that leads to this societal change.”

Professor Dirani presented the Violence Triangle of Galtung, the Norwegian peacebuilding researcher who said, “The best way to define peace is to define its opposite.” Professor Dirani also introduced and explained the difference between positive and negative peace.

Fighters for Peace is an organization that works on engaging youth and civil society activists with the organization’s former fellow fighters to build lasting civil peace and real reconciliation in Lebanon.

She Revolution group has established nonviolent communication training in cooperation with the Lebanese Fighters for Peace organization, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, the Italian Organization Un Ponte Per, and the activities of the Engendering Peace Project: A bridge between Iraqi and Lebanese women within the space of the Iraqi Social Forum.