the end of November Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) facilitated
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop in collaboration with
Ann J Ward which was organized by the University of Duhok Center for
Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. The workshop was funded by UNDP.
Twenty three participants from different cultural, religious, ethnic
backgrounds and ages took part in the workshop. Some of them were
students of Duhok University and many from different local NGOs. They
found the workshop to be life changing and interesting experience. One
of the participants said: ” I do not have the desire to take part in
any workshops because they can be very boring, but the Alternatives to
Violence Project (AVP) workshop has been an amazing journey and life
We spend a lot of time during the workshop on learning how to recognize
our feelings which can be beneficial in solving problems and conflicts.
Some participants said that it was very difficult to talk about their
feelings due to cultural and traditional barriers. One of the young
female participants said, “It’s very beautiful that I can share and I
feel there is no harm.”
the workshop, the participants did many practical and experiential
exercises to learn about listening, feelings and non- violent skills to
respond to violence and anger. It also created a space for participants
from both host community, Internally Displaced People (IDP) and Refugees
to talk about integration, racism and daily challenges that they are
facing in Kurdistan Region – Iraq. CPT will continue to facilitate more
similar workshops in the upcoming weeks.
to Violence Project (AVP) is a workshop that teaches participants
through real life experiences to resolve conflicts without violence and
manipulation as well as it helps them to discover their internal causes
for violence and anger.