“We dream of a just and peaceful society.”
Generation Peace is a network of organizations and individuals engaging a youth-led advocacy towards a just and sustainable peace. Its inception can be traced back to the Waging Peace Conference 2005 where a proposal was made to gather the next generation to continue the work of building a society grounded on the culture of peace.
We are a network of youth-led and youth-focused organizations striving for peace in the Philippines. We cater to the young generation because the youth is the largest stakeholder for peace and a powerful force in making vital social changes.
Since 2006, Generation Peace has continued to grow as a network, with an increasing membership from all over the country. It has partnered with many other organizations in the peace community and has also initiated projects that capacitate local peace partners. Its main programs are networking and linkage, capacity building and youth formation, and peace advocacy.
Generation Peace regularly provides fundamental peace and human rights trainings for local/sub-national youth organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. When emerging peace issues arise, Generation Peace acts in solidarity with civil society peace advocates in promoting awareness and helping increase the discourse on the peace processes.
Member-organizations of Generation Peace come from various backgrounds and work in a variety of fields (i.e. IHL, Human Rights, Culture of Peace, Environment, etc.). GenPeace, thus provides a space where peace advocates of different expertise and persuasions collaborate and synergize efforts.
Vision, Mission and Goals of Generation Peace Youth Network
VISION – “A society where all people are equal; peace, justice and prosperity reign supreme; where all people are united for the advancement of the society.”
MISSION – As Generation Peace, we will work to advance an active, non-violent, youth-led advocacy towards just and sustainable peace.
GOAL – Genpeace, a leading network of young peace advocates, works to strengthen its advocacy through organized and structured programs – shaping the discourse and mainstreaming peace, localization and engaged multi-stakeholders.
Our programs are:
– Networking and Linkaging
– Youth Formation and Capability Building
– Peace Advocacy
Principles of Engagement:
– Promoting a culture of peace.
a) We oppose all forms of violence. Violence infringes on the right of the youth to grow and undergo a natural process of self-actualization. It places the youth in a vulnerable situation and creates a violent environment. Violence is not an option in settling conflict. Peace should be achieved through peaceful means.
b) We condemn violations of human rights. We will advance structural justice, promote tolerance, respect diverse ideological perspectives and work actively against oppression, development aggression, socio-economic and political inequalities.
c) We support the struggle for self-determination of ethno-cultural groups and uphold their cultural and religious beliefs.
d) We support non-violent approaches in resolving conflicts such as peace talks, dialogues and consultations, among others.
– Building a constituency of peace among the youth.
a) We uphold the youth’s clamor for determining and shaping their identity and being free from cultural inroads that malign their own.
b) We work to develop a strong network of youth with a broad mass-base, adhering to and advocating for sustainable and just peace, and ensuring that the youth agenda is heard at all levels, and employing consensus in its own decision-making processes.
c) We will build solidarity with local and international youth networks for the advancement of the youth peace agenda.