February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention is one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus which we don’t seem to talk about very often. Maybe we should—because it is often the conflicts that occur throughout the world which are the root causes of poverty, despair, economic hardship and poor health.
Conflicts in certain parts of the world make it difficult to provide much needed healthcare and is a major deterrent to education and the safety of a community. Conflicts in communities in the United States offer the same results.
Because Rotary International is an organization which understands this relationship, there is a deep investment in supporting individuals and programs that will develop leaders who are committed to seeking ways toward peace. The path toward peace begins with understanding and respect for the differences that make us unique. That is why Rotary International, in association with several major universities across the globe, have erected Peace Centers in order to train Peace Makers who network globally. Through this experience, Rotary Peace Fellows build the skills needed to act as leaders, as well as catalysts for peace and conflict resolution—both in their communities and around the globe.
As Rotarians we should all be similarly committed to understanding the conflicts that exist in our own society, to speak out when necessary, and to seek solutions that reflect the values of Rotary.
Peace and Love
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis