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UNESCO Initiative

Inspired by UNESCO’s medium-term (2022-2029) priorities (e.g. Africa, gender equality, and youth empowerment), and committed to the UN Decade of People of African Descent (2015-2024), the Global Humanity for Peace (GHfP) Institute has worked closely with the UNESCO Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section and the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples’ Project to jointly launch the Collective Healing Initiative.

The overarching aims of the Collective Healing Initiative are:

These objectives are informed by decolonial scholarships and draw on updated knowledge of the interconnection between collective healing of historical trauma and global well-being.

Ongoing research highlights that collective healing can contribute to “de-racialising” our vision and “decolonising” our conception of humanity. It does so by deconstructing racist discourses and ideology, recognising and addressing the harms of slavery’s legacies, transcending the antagonism of ‘us-vs-them’ mentalities, and co-envisaging a common future for all. More importantly, it can help communities (re)discover the gifts of (indigenous) knowledge, wisdom and practices, and enrich our collective resilience, well-being and co-flourishing with nature.

Currently, this Initiative consists of four mutually reinforcing iterative processes:

1. Collective Healing, Social Justice and Global Well-Being:

2. Empowering Women and Youths:

3. Research, Evaluation and UNESCO Policy Brief:

4. Implementation and Dissemination:

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