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UNESCO Initiative

The GHfP Institute facilitates and coordinates the UNESCO Collective Healing Initiative, in partnership with the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project.

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 overarching aims of the Collective Healing Initiative are:

These objectives draw on updated knowledge of the interconnection between collective healing, social justice 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, the Collective Healing 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 developing UNESCO Policy Brief:

4. Implementation and Dissemination:

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