February Theme is

Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. This month is also very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, in Chicago. That day is now designated as the “World Understanding and Peace Day”. 

During February we celebrate our commitment to build peace and mitigate conflict. Rotary clubs and districts are encouraged to promote Rotary’s public image on February 23 Rotary and celebrate the anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting. 

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world. 

Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Rotarians train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Rotarians also address the underlying structural causes of conflict by relieving millions of people suffering from poverty, inequality, ethnic tensions, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources. 

In yet another program to achieve worldwide peace, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to attend Rotary Peace Centers to participate in master’s degree programs at one of the partner universities. Rotary Peace Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs. There are more than 1,000 peace fellowship alumni are working in over 100 countries.

Recently a new Rotary Peace Center was selected by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Bahceşehir University, Istanbul, Türkiye will host the Otto and Fran Walter Rotary Peace Center. This is the eighth Rotary Peace Center. The first application launch will be in February 2024 and the initial cohort of certificate students by winter 2025.

Locally, the Inter-district initiative, Africa Rotary Community Mediation (ARCoM) project well represented in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion. Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and Academics provide a platform to establish a conflict prevention community mediation initiative which involves Rotarians and Non-Rotarians to deepen Rotary’s peace building work within and between communities.

 
February is

Some of Our Recent Projects
during 2022