As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of the Rotary mission and one of our key areas of focus. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Rotary and its members are:
Practitioners: Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
Educators: Our Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations.
Mediators: Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.
Advocates: Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.
On 21 September we celebrate the International Day of Peace, which was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples. This year’s theme is Shaping Peace Together.
The United Nations invites all nations to commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. To celebrate the day, the world is invited to spread compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Above all let us always be kind to one another. Peace starts with each one of us and spreads one person at a time – from the individual to the family – from the family to the community – from the community outwards like ripples that can change the world.’’
Jenny Ibbotson, President of the Rotary Club of Newlands 2020/2021