-More than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict — a majority of which is under the age of 30.
-35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives.
-70% of women in the world have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. -It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. -350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Shocking ha? These numbers were taken from official statistics done by international organizations that probably know only half of the real number of violent acts happening in the world's most remote areas, or even within some households. These numbers indeed can be enough for us to raise our voice against the governments, the so-called leaders, and the mindsets that are still refusing to face reality and bound the efforts in order to decrease the alarming rates of violence victims. And by efforts, I do not mean the world leaders bureaucratic efforts that have proven to be far away from being successful, but the efforts of the world's young potentials who are proving day-by-day their commitment to participate in World Peace building. Although portrayed to be indifferent, victims, irresponsible parts of their societies, young people are struggling to shut down all doubters and consistently fight for their right to not only be included in policymaking, but also to lead the peaceful process in the world. Thankfully, international efforts like the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) started acknowledging the importance of including youths in the process of world peace building thanks to their Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding initiative. This guideline that included is considered an important step toward the recognition of youths as main partners in the development of the peace building education in the world.
However, if you are still wondering what can you do to promote peace starting from yourself, to your family, until you reach the whole world, here are small but effective practices that we can all do to step out of the margin and contribute to the World Peace.
1- PLEDGE to never use verbal and/or physical violence.
2- SMILE, it is a charity.
3- BE KIND to kids, to elderlies, to homeless people, to animals, to plants, to mother nature.
4- Start the Self-development program by Peace Revolution. This will be a life-changing experience that will introduce to you the true meaning of life through meditation and Inner peace thanks to a 42-day training guided by monks and Peace coaches.
5- TRAVEL and get to know the world's different traditions, cultures, and religious practices. Travelling is without-a-shadow-of-doubt one of the best answers to your questions related to existence and perception of life.
6- START a club, a movement, an organization
7- Say 'I love you more often'. It's very important to stop considering showing love as a sign of weakness or commitment. You never know how helpful a simple word can be to people who are having a bad day, or going through psychological issues. Love and spread love, please.
8- VOLUNTEER. TEACH. DONATE. HELP.
9- SUPPORT everyone who is contributing to making this world a better place.
10- FORGIVE those who once have harmed you. Remember that forgiveness is the first step to your mind and soul's freedom and inner peace.
11- WRITE THIS LIST DOWN and feel free to share it with your family, friends, and colleagues.