About Bridges to Peace for Ukraine
Bridges to Peace for Ukraine is a blog dedicated to bring visions from civil society actors (mainly international voluntary service, youth and human rights activists), about the situation in Ukraine and about the potential synergies to build opportunities for peace and human rights in the region.
The blog was created after the visit of the authors to Kiev, in April 2015, as a delegation of the networks CCIVS, SCI and Alliance, and the communication ngo Contrast.
The International Voluntary Service movement visited diverse partners, civil society organisations and institutions to get to closer know the reality in Ukraine. A war in Ukranian territory which involves the Russian army is taking lives, breaking perspectives, and poisoning the life of millions of people.
Representatives of the CCIVS, SCI, Alliance, and the journalism organisation Contrast dedicated 4 days to study potential bridges, to try to understand the very complex human and social situation, and to think about what role the movement can have as a social actor to help building peace and human rights in this context.
The conflict in Ukraine has brought thousands of deaths, 1.5 million internal displaced people (IDPs) and a process of human suffering that includes the very dramatic breaking of trust and relationships between Russian and Ukranian based families, friends, and the development of a deep sorrow and feeling of abandon present in many Ukranians about their Russian “brothers” and their European “friends”.
The opening of this blog is a first step of a will to bring international support, in the form of an alternative source of communication (responding to the lack of reliable and understandable information in Europe at least since the Euro-Maidan) and of an alliance of diverse civil society actors coming from the international voluntary service movement, from engaged citizens and peace-builders in Ukraine, in Russia, in Europe and in the global scope.
this blog is part of the Raising Peace Campaign, that promotes the role of IVS in the guarantee and construction of peace and human rights