Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise

We talked to so many remarkable people and groups in Pakistan – meet them here on the film we made as we travelled around.  Be inspired by their insight, perseverance and courage.

The film is now part of the RSA’s Pakistan Calling festival which includes some fantastic work.

Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise from London Boroughs Faiths Network on Vimeo.

Interested?  Have links with Pakistan &/or with diaspora groups in the UK?  Get in touch as we plan the next steps.  London Boroughs Faiths Network, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and Stockwell Green Community Services is a strong coalition.

We’re pursuing our work to support strategic links between groups in the UK and in Pakistan which are strengthening civic society and which are building communities of peace.

The film of our London-Pakistan event with Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and Sadiq Khan MP will be available soon.  Our thanks go to the many people and groups we are working with and to the FCO for their initial grant under the Olympic Truce.

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Rt Hon Justine Greening receiving a World Peace Tartan scarf at the Minority-Majority Pakistan-UK event in London.  L-R Catriona Robertson (LBFN Convener), Rt Hon Justine Greening, Toaha Qureshi MBE (Stockwell Green Community Services) & the Bishop of Lahore, Rt Rev Irfan Jamil.

 

New alliance tackles street grooming

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The new alliance launched today – contact CAASE if you are interested in working with them in your own area.

Earlier today in Bradford, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support and civil rights organisations launched a ground-breaking, cross-community response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.

Led by London Peace Network members Islamic Society of Britain, and HOPE not hate, the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE) will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.

“CAASE believes that local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.”

Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses.

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Contact CAASE to support this important work.

The initiative is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Youth Helpline, Muslim Community Helpline, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim Forum, City Sikhs Network, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.

“CAASE is looking to help develop positive local cross-community initiatives across the country. If you would like to help get a local coalition together or would like to share some work you are already doing then please get in contact by emailing us at info@caase.org.uk.”

Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.

Get in touch with CAASE, join forces and make a difference.

New alliance tackles street grooming

New alliance tackles street grooming

Earlier today in Bradford, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support and civil rights organisations launched a ground-breaking, cross-community response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.

Led by London Peace Network members Islamic Society of Britain, and HOPE not hate, the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE) will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.

“CAASE believes that local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.”

Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses.

caase logo

Contact CAASE to support this important work.

The initiative is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Youth Helpline, Muslim Community Helpline, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim Forum, City Sikhs Network, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.

“CAASE is looking to help develop positive local cross-community initiatives across the country. If you would like to help get a local coalition together or would like to share some work you are already doing then please get in contact by emailing us at info@caase.org.uk.”

Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.

Get in touch with CAASE, join forces and make a difference.

The World in London | Mo Farah inspires HOPE not Hate | Post for Peace

The World in London – beautiful photos, voice clips and short interviews with Londoners from 204 countries.

You can view the exhibition at

  • Park House, 453 – 497 Oxford Street, London W1C 2AU

until 30 August 2012.

This is our country – Olympian Mo Farah has inspired Hope not Hate to invite everyone to celebrate the moment when the UK as a nation found peace within itself.

Moments after Mo Farah’s fantastic 10,000m win at the Olympics, Mo was asked by a journalist if he’d have preferred to run as a Somali. He replied: “Look mate, this is my country.

“This is where I grew up, this is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud. I’m very proud.”

And Mo is right. It is as much his country as it is mine or yours.

This last week has been amazing. From Danny Boyle’s wonderful Opening Ceremony to the medal haul we are now raking in.  This is a moment that we as a nation found a peace with itself. There are many problems facing us but we are a modern, diverse and confident country.

Let’s join Mo in saying proudly that “this is my country”

Over 3,000 people have already signed the This Is Our Country wall, which you can do here.

The Olympic Truce wall in the Athlete’s Village has run out of space!  But there is a virtual wall on the International Olympic Truce Centre’s website which is collecting contributions and uploads from around the world (last day will be 9 September, when the Paralympic Games end).

Feedback please!

The London Peace Network isn’t quite public yet . . . so we welcome all your comments – especially if noted here on the blog itself.

It would be great to hear from people in London from different religious traditions, and from none, so that we can add all the info we need to get involved – and in an easy-to-find way.

Already suggested is a smaller masthead (do you like the new one?) and some background info on the Olympic Truce.

Should we have a What’s On listed borough by borough – or just keep it London-wide?

What about food-related (eg Ramadan Festival, Britain Tastes Great), arts-related (eg Waterloo Festival) – or listed all together?

Should people be able to suggest peaceful places to go in London, peaceful poems, art, inspirational verses from scripture/philosophy or from literature or people we respect?   Have you any suggestions?

Family-friendly peace-building?  Any opportunities you know of?

What is your own community doing over the summer – anything which builds trust between local people?

And lastly, there’s a good chance of some multifaith/intercultural cricket during the summer in central London – anyone up for helping organise that?

Thank you for your comments and suggestions – perhaps we should have a prize for the best!

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London Week of Peace 2012

London Week of Peace 2012

Week of Peace 16-23 September

Do Something Kind – join thousands of Londoners in doing something small to make Something Big.

Our vision is that through simple acts of kindness in our schools, workplaces and our homes we can make a Big Difference in London.

As such we plan to have a Samaritan Weekend where Londoners of all ages and races can do kind gestures to someone that needs or deserves it.