There has been an alarming spike in recent years in hate speech and incitement to violence against individuals or communities, based on their identity (religion or belief). Awareness creation and capacity building in our various institutions and communities on such issues is another form of our contribution as peace activists to complement the existing efforts of the state to promote peace and fulfill the development aspiration of the nation.
It is against this background that the Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Initiatives (FIIDI) is commemorating the International Day for Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief in the following countries on August 22, 2019.
- Sierra Leone
- Burkina Fasso
- The Gambia
The International Day for Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief is observed globally by human rights and peace activists as well as religious actors at the local, national, regional and international level. Activities include radio, television and video programming, press conferences, film screening, workshops, seminars, panels and other meetings, demonstrations, protests, marches, poster, photos, exhibitions, public education campaigns, concerts, plays, and other theatre performances.
In the next coming years, the observation of the International Day is expected to grow and will include the participation of more organizations around the world. The International Day for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief will become an annual event in many towns and regions around the globe.
Stay tuned for updates.
Contact Us for more information about this International Event and how you can support or participate as well.