Confidence Building among diverse communities to revive the tolerance in Myanmar.

262 religious actors and local stakeholders in five different states have been reached out by the PMI with the objectives to build confidence among diverse community. The initiative support skills in conflict transformation, explore the role of religious identity, promote IRD, provide a safe space for dialogue and build project design and implementation capacities.

31 stakeholders trained on dialogue and acceptance of religious and cultural differences in Magwe region in July 2018. The training focused on religious understanding and dialogue and concluded with a “Friendship Tour”. Two local media outlets covered the training.

80 members of the youth organization SEED for Myanmar as well as religious leaders and members of political parties trained on Diversity and Leadership in Mon state in July 2018.

52 stakeholders were involved, including 3 leaders of ethnic armed groups, 1 state MP, 1 lower house MP and leaders from women and youth groups trained on “Peace, Conflict Management training and dialogue” in July in Chin State.

32 woman leaders attended an event on the “Empowerment Initiative for Women of different faiths to counter violence against women and children” in July in Sagaing Region. The training resulted also in concrete follow-up actions, namely advocacy visits of the trained women leaders in the region’s villages. Major result of the training is the setup of a local network of women leaders to counteract violence.

15 individuals from different ethnic groups of Rakhine state trained on trust building through storytelling, in July and August. This was as part of a “Cultural Exchange through storytelling” activity. As a result, participants produced/selected three stories from their respective traditions, which will be used for advocacy visits in various communities.

Social Media

Three Facebook pages educating and promoting the importance of inter religious dialogue and coexistence targeting extremist/nationalist users were launched in November 2017, by a dedicated social media team (working anonymously). The initiative continues in the year 2018 too. The overall objective of this initiative is to increase the impact and visibility of KAICIID’s sponsored local network, the PMI and to create a safe and secure platform via social media to engage with more conservative and extremist elements. As of 30 September 2018, the PMI social media team has engaged with20000 people through its three Facebook sites.

5 Peace songs promoting interreligious dialogue in Myanmar

5 Peace songs promoting interreligious dialogue in Myanmar are recorded and now in the process of production. Songs are composed and sing by famous artists in Myanmar with the guidance from key religious leaders from PMI.