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Peace Ride

THE BACKGROUND Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, very recently (1-2 July, 2016) became victim of the worst terrorist attack in the history of its existence. The whole city is still in shock and struggling to cope with the horror of the incident. Now, more than ever,...

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Lingua Travel

Lingua Travel a sustainable project that is aimed to exist for long through peer-to-peer education. Its led by me but through partnership with Azerbaijan Youth Development Organisation (AYDO) and American Councils that provides with space for activities. Lingua travel...

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The goal of this project was to bring young people of different cultures and religions to discuss, learn and make friendships. The environment was very informal and open so participants feel safe to express their views and share personal stories. Kazakh, Russian,...

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The project DIFFERENT, BUT TOGETHER directed all its efforts to contribute to the best achievement of the main project goal to support citizens of different ethnicities from Gagauzia region from the Republic of Moldova to mobilize by empowering young women and men to...

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A Common Word Among the Youth is a global youth movement which brings together young people from a multitude of backgrounds to increase understanding of different cultures and faiths, promote peace and coexistence, develop skills to help local communities and deliver shared solutions in the form of local action


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New ACWAY activity implemented! This time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Kalewongel Tesfaye implemented an interfaith activity in the Embassy of Indonesia in Ethiopia. Entitled “Ethiopian Youth Talk about Human Rights, Peace and Harmony”, the activity engaged more than 70 attendees and focused on introducing the themes of human rights, peace and interfaith harmony to the public.

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Between 9-11th December 2019, ACWAY was represented at the 1st World Non-formal Education Forum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Forum was organised by WOSM, UNICEF, UNFPA and the UN SG Envoy on Youth.

ACWAY's Executive Director, Rawaad Mahyub, was invited to present ACWAY & its Interfaith Development Goals (IDGs) initiative at the Global Goals Stage.

Examples of ACWAY's activities were also presented at the Forum's Marketplace.

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ACWAY sends wishes for a Merry Christmas to all those celebrating.
Happy holidays ACWAY family

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ACWAY pays tribute to all volunteers and our volunteers in particular.
Happy #InternationalVolunteerDay

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Between 18-19 November 2019, ACWAY has been represented in the 7th meeting of the Istanbul Process: Combatting religious intolerance: Building inclusive and resilient societies, and pushing back against incitement to hatred and violence, that took place at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Two of our ACWAY fellows - Jolyda Sou and Liliya Khasanova – have been present at the event to represent ACWAY among other institutions focused on interfaith around the globe.

Jolyda Sou had the opportunity to share her ACWAY activity Project Inspire as a speaker at the panel devoted to the role of media in combating hate speech. ACWAY was also presented at the marketplace among leading youth organizations working with interfaith issues on the grassroots level.

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ACWAY wishes a blessed Yom Kippur!

Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

Celebrated on the 10th day of Tishrei (which in 2019 begins before sunset on Tuesday, October 8, until after nightfall on Wednesday, October 9), the date is focused on atonement and repentance. Unlike Rosh Hashanah, which comes just a few days before Yom Kippur, the date is not necessarily joyous and festive, but solemn and reflective.

Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day abstaining from the following things: food and drink, washing or applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Instead, Jewish people spend this period at the synagogue, praying for forgiveness.

To our Jewish friends and colleagues: Yom Tov! We wish you an easy fast and holy day.

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ACWAY whishes a good Navratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra to all those celebrating!

Navratri is a big festival of Hinduism, traditionally held for 10 days in the seventh month the Hindu calendar, Ashvina (September–October). It is a celebration of the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The festival also celebrates Shakti (the divine energy), that is invoked for the greater good of the Society.

The celebration of the goddess Durga is also known as Durga Puja in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura, and Odisha, as well as in Bangladesh and also in Nepal, where it is celebrated as Dashain.

On the final day of Navratri, called the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, statues are usually immersed in water or alternatively burnt with fireworks marking evil's destruction - with the aim of celebrating the victory of good over evil.

The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important Hindu holidays - Diwali, the festival of lights. It is celebrated twenty days after the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, also in the month of October.

In 2019, Navratri is celebrated between September 29th and October 8th, while Durga Puja takes place from October 4 to October 7, followed by the grand immersion of Durga idols, known as Dussehra, on October 8.

To our Hindu friends and colleagues: we wish good festivities!

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Today is the day we introduce you one more time to one of our amazing fellows. Meet Kjersten Adams, ACWAY Fellow since the 4th Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Kjersten is involved in interfaith work since her master’s program at the University of Chicago, during which time she served as president of the student organization Interfaith Dialogue, co-hosted interfaith events, and volunteered at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto. She has long been interested in engaging with different communities and learning how to best understand and collaborate with one another. Kjersten works as an Engagement Manager for Cicero Group, a management and social impact consulting firm, where she works with clients to maximize the social good they can achieve.

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You may be wondering… why did ACWAY’s logo turn pink this week?

We explain to you the reason.

Did you know that October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Marked in countries across the globe every October, the campaign helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, treatment and palliative care of the disease. As a symbol, institutions around the globe add the pink color to their logos in support of the campaign. And this year ACWAY is one of these institutions.

But what has Breast Cancer to do with interfaith harmony and multicultural issues? More than you can imagine!

Studies reveal that cancer affects multicultural and religious communities in different ways.

Although religion and spirituality can be seen, when allied with medical treatment, as powerful tools to cope with breast cancer, traditional and strong religious beliefs can be one of the causes that influence women to delay presentation of palpable breast lumps and ignore breast cancer treatment, contributing to advanced-stage cancer diagnosis or even death.

In this sense, the awareness concerning breast cancer is even more important inside religious groups and essential to also help women seek prevention exams and treatment.

Contribute to breast cancer awareness today and share this post with the women you know!

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ACWAY's icon is turning pink this month! Want to know why? Stay tuned to see our post tomorrow revealing the reason. ...

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 11:46pm
We wish good festivities on Navratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra to those celebrating!

In 2019, Navratri is celebrated between Sept 29th and Oct 8th, while Durga Puja takes place from Oct 4 to Oct 7, followed by the immersion of Durga idols, Dussehra, on Oct 8.
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Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:09am
This month ACWAY's icon has tuned pink for a very important reason.

Did you know that October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Religion and breast cancer have more to do with each than you think.

Check our last post on fb to know why:
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at 2:13am
Did you know that today is the International Day of Peace?

The date is a United Nations holiday and is annually celebrated. In this sense, we would like to invite you to reflect today: how can you contribute to a more tolerant and peaceful world?

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 11:09am
Did you know that ACWAY is now on Instagram?

Follow our new account to get to know more about our interfaith work on:
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