The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers builds bridges between grassroots peacemakers and global players in order to strengthen the work done for sustainable peace. The Network strengthens peacemaking through collaboratively supporting the positive role of religious and traditional actors in peace and peacebuilding processes.
The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers was founded in 2013 as a concrete response to the risen awareness of the need to include grassroots leaders and authorities in the work done to build sustainable peace. Since its founding, the Network has grown into a community of peacemakers ranging from grassroots religious and traditional actors to international NGOs, think tanks, and academic institutes.
The Network works in order to ensure:
- that traditional and religious communities are included in peacebuilding;
- that women, youth and other marginalized groups are better involved in peacebuilding processes; and
- that the contribution of faith and tribal traditions towards coexistence, respect of dignity and peace are strengthened.
The Network adheres to the principles of the rights based approach (RBA) and provides support and capacitates both rights holders and duty bearers.