Women for Justice Foundation
In January 2021, Women for Justice Foundation (WJF) facilitated the launch of the She Builds Peace campaign in Egypt and elsewhere around the world by supporting Tanaghom Academy’s collaboration with artasfoundation. They established a ten-day, online Tanaghom School for Arts and Peacebuilding to train African and Asian peace activists and artists living in conflict areas. The program sought to build bridges between artists and peace activists to unify their efforts in peacebuilding and empower them to build peace in their communities through the arts.
As the first online school for arts and peacebuilding conducted on an international level through the Tanaghom platform, the program was designed to be an introductory interactive course to prepare participants for more intense offline practical trainings in the future. Participants came from over 15 countries across Africa and Asia and from diverse religious and political backgrounds. They discussed what constitutes a conflict context, specific examples of how the arts can be used to build peace, and the risks and challenges of arts-based approaches.
WJF plans to expand this online school in several ways. First, they are talking with one of the participants about a possible collaboration with his organization in Mombasa, Kenya. WJF also plans to organize future interactive sessions and webinars on topics related to arts and peacebuilding, including more specific courses on such topics as art and mediation or art and negotiation. In addition, WJF wants to include other WASL members through specialized trainings for them, and by inviting them to share their experiences integrating art into their work with youth involved in Tanaghom programs.