Peace starts within me
Celebrating UN International Day of Peace with a live social media PeaceJam in Juba #JubaPeaceJam Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba & online worldwide!
UN International Day of Peace Monday 21st September 2015
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed to strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s aim is to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace, promote positive interaction between people online, and connect to those with no access or limited access to the internet or social media.
On UN International Day of Peace, the #defyhatenow initiative in collaboration with r0g_agency, brought together community groups, activists and peacebuilders at the Intra-Africa hotel in Juba for a social media “peacejam”.
#jubapeacejam was an invitation to actively make South Sudan’s voice heard above the rhetoric of hate, violence and intolerance. Celebrating unity and independence, together we can take a stand against the forces ripping communities, friends, families and cultures apart.
Working by the Nile in the peaceful garden of the Intra-Africa Hotel, participants from local youth organisations, journalists, students and visitors designed their own ‘peace slogans’ and imagined ways to create lasting peace in South Sudan, and indeed around the world.
Where social media has increasingly been a place used to stoke the flames of conflict, setting neighbours against one another, #jubapeacejam brings the builders of peace, dialogue and South Sudan’s unique, rich cultural diversity together.
Some thirty activists gathered for this first ever ‘social media peace jam’, including participants from peacebuilding organisations and projects such as Sawa Shabab, FreeVoice, Vistas / USAID, CNHPR, Internews, as well as IDP children from the Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) programme.
Celebrating and amplifying cultural diversity, #jubapeacejam facilitates open dialogue among cultures – using the power of social media to #defyhatenow
#jubapeacejam works across as many channels and platforms as possible to bring online groups together, create slogans, exchange information, ideas and create new communities.
#defyhatenow is an initiative by r0g_agency, Berlin in collaboration with CEPO – Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation in Juba.