Religion and Peacemaking

Peacemaking is the process by which a war and conflict is taken away, to be replaced with peace. Governments and organisations around the world are working towards achieving peace.

There have been a number of extremely influential people, both religious and non-religious who have been public figures in the campaign for peace. We are going to look at four examples.

Task: Read the information about each person below and watch each video clip.

Betty Williams was a Christian and co-founder of the Community of Peace People in Northern Ireland. She organised petitions for peace and marches. Watch Betty Williams’ speech when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 and she is a Muslim. She was shot in the forehead whilst travelling in a school bus after the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. She survived the attack and now campaigns for the right of all children to be educated equally.

Muhammad Ali was a Muslim and professional boxer. He refused to fight in the Vietnam War as he did not agree with the violence of war, which cost him his license to box professionally.

Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu and Indian lawyer who campaigned peacefully for India’s independence from the British empire. He led a march called the Dandi march in 1930, to protest against Indian people being banned from collecting or selling salt in India.

Task: Choose one issue that you believe should be addressed. It could be a political issue, regarding a lack of equality in a particular sector or anything else. Choose an activity from the following…

  • Create a protest poster or sign which you would use on a peaceful protest march
  • Record a speech of yourself outlining your issue and how it should be addressed
  • Write a letter to the government asking them to address the issue and why you think that they should

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