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October 2, 2023
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The Non-Violence Project Foundation Announces its 30-Year Anniversary

The Non-Violence Project Foundation is delighted to announce its 30-year anniversary campaign on The United Nations recognised: International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October 2023.

Since 1993, The Non-Violence Project (NVP) has addressed violence via productive conversations, impactful partnerships, education programs and more. Now is the time to celebrate the milestones we have experienced together.

NVP invites you to join us as we look back at 30 significant stories of success over the past 30 years related to: Knotted Guns placed across the world, education initiatives, partner collaborations, ambassador partnerships, and agitators or individuals who have helped take our important mission to new heights.

Visit NVP’s dedicated 30-Year Anniversary Campaign landing page to learn more about this campaign and how you can help support us.

We are so grateful to every single person who has joined us on our journey so far. Join the change movement as we look to empower people through creative learning to overcome violence in all its forms.

Jan Hellman, Co-Founder at The Non-Violence Project Foundation, said: “We realised early on that the Knotted Gun – an international symbol of peace created by our artist friend, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, had a much bigger value than a piece of art. Together with Rolf we decided at the beginning of our journey that we wanted to inspire, motivate, and engage young people across the world to understand how to solve conflicts and violence in a different and better day. The fact that we have been able to reach so many fantastic people in different countries, environments, and cultures all over the world – from Asia, to Europe, to America, South America, and Africa has been one of the most important and enriching experiences of my life. We look forward to continuing with our global education journey by empowering young people through creative learning to overcome violence in all of its forms.”

Rolf Skjöldebrand, Co-Founder at The Non-Violence Project Foundation, said: “When we formed the Foundation, it immediately struck me that we could actually use our international symbol of peace as an inspirational piece and try to engage young people in creating change. The fact that we have trained and educated more than nine million people in over 30 countries and placed the Knotted Gun in over 30 prominent locations across the world is something I’m incredibly proud of, along with the amazing team of people across the world we have been able to gather. John Lennon once said – ‘everybody is responsible for everything that goes on,’ and I believe that message is still relevant today.”

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The Non-Violence Project

The Non-Violence Project is a non-profit organization created in 1993 with the goal of preventing and reducing violence. The organization is headquartered in Switzerland and is active in many countries around the world. Its symbol, the Knotted Gun, is an international symbol of peace. 
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Our mission

Our mission is to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and ENGAGE people to solve conflicts without resorting to any form of violence. Through education and awareness, we measure the impact of our programs and we have a specific focus on youth as we believe in the power of young people as changemakers. 
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