Why we do what we do:
We believe in creating a new legacy for our nation - one of compassion, acceptance, equality and relentless courage to serve and help others.
In 2018, India was named as the most dangerous country for women.
That means that in India, 43% of girls are sexually abused.
4 cases of rape are reported every hour! And 95% of rape cases are not by strangers, but family and friends.
In India, 84% of students are bullied by other students.
This means that every day our young people are being physically hit, ridiculed, sexually harrased, and excluded.
These are just some of the statistics that illustrate not numbers but a widespread epidemic of a day-to-day violence and individual suffering.
The pain of children who are abused by people who should protect them, girls who are molested because they are girls, youth bullied by other youth, and people of all ages harming themselves.
We believe that there is another way, a nonviolent way.
We believe in creating a new legacy for our nation - one of compassion, acceptance, equality and relentless courage and drive to serve and help others.
We believe that you, and everybody else, possess the power to do something great with your life, and to positively affect the lives of the people around you.
We believe that Mahatma Gandhi was right when he said: “If you want to change the world, you must start with the children.”
WHAT WE DO:
We focus on two areas: Education and Raising Awareness.
We provide transformative educational programs that focus on development of emotional and social skills, and encourage positive and nonviolent actions in the world.
We also take action to raise awareness of our non-violence message, our movement, and our unique symbol. This allows us to spread our programs even further, and benefit more young people around
Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts, Transforming Lives
A growing network of programs is teaching youth and adults how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
That is why we rely on scientifically proved Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL helps heal from experiences with violence; it teaches self-awareness and resilience; it promotes sense of compassion and equality; it develops life and career skills essential in 21C; and it increases sense of togetherness that helps us develop personal practice of being harmless to self and others even in difficult situations.
The educational programs are lead by our Master Trainers and implemented by great teachers, sports coaches and youth leaders, to whom we provide face to face training, knowledge, skills, useful tools and ongoing support.
We use our symbol – the sculpture Non-Violence – to raise awareness around the world. It is an appreciated sculpture and we use it for inspiration and as a creative element in our educational programs.
The knotted gun was originally created as a memorial tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon, and since then it has become one of the world’s most recognized symbols for non-violence and peace. Since the original bronze sculpture was placed outside the UN headquarters in 1988, similar sculptures have been placed in more than 30 prestigious sites on five continents.
We are also helped by great global ambassadors and awesome local heroes. They join our movement by artistically interpreting our symbol in their own way and by spreading our message via events and their social media channels. Their colourful replica sculptures are being exhibited at our Non-Violence For Peace Tour around the world in order to increase public awareness about our educational programs as well as communicating a non-cultural, non-religious and non-political message of non-violence.
Our ambassador Yoko Ono's knotted gun "Imagine Peace" on the stage at a musical festival in Guadeljara, Mexico, 2014.
Research Brief: Experiences of bullying in schools http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/New_Delhi/images/researchbrief.pdf
Baruah A, Baruha A. Epidemiological study of violence: a study from North East India. Indian J Community Med. 2007;32:137–8.
The Guardian: ‘India’s abuse of women is the biggest human rights violation in the world’ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/27/india-abuse-women-human-rights-rape-girls
(Thomas Reuters Foundation survey results; http://poll2018.trust.org/country/?id=india)