Peace is about more than the absence of war and organised violence. Real peace reigns when people solve conflicts by peaceful and constructive means.
The importance of human rights
iakonia works to support political structures which can manage and channel different interests and viewpoints by working out compromises. Within such a system, human rights, international humanitarian law and a fair division of resources are naturally guaranteed and respected.
Strengthening the political weight of human rights can change the social and economic structures that lie behind armed conflicts in favour of the poor and vulnerable, particularly women.
A culture of peace
Diakonia works to achieve a culture of peace – a culture based on freedom, justice, democracy, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. A culture where violence is rejected and destructive conflicts prevented. A culture where, through dialogue and negotiation, people tackle the root causes of hostility. Where diversity and multiculturalism are welcomed.
Women's situation is prioritized
In instances of armed conflict, Diakonia focuses particularly on women and their situation. We stress the importance of them participating in attempts to maintain or create peace and security, and work to increase the role of women in all decision-making concerning the prevention and solution of conflicts.