The workshop was conducted in the coastal Libyan town of Zliten in order to expose participants to various forms and concepts of peace.
The city of Zliten has been a witness to the Libyan civil war since the toppling of Colonel Ghaddafi in 2011. Its inhabitants have been subjected to the trials and tribulations of war and conflict, which previously took place between loyalists to Ghaddafi and his opponents. Civil society organisations on the ground are striving to instill the local population with knowledge about various forms of peace and how to foster coexistence between groups with differing perspectives and experiences.
The workshop was conducted and presented by trainers Ramadan Karim and Hussein Ali Al-Mejlash who evaluated the current situation on the basis of the Peace Change initiative PCI of Partnership.
“Yesterday, we prepared a plan regarding what we will do in the coming months. We, as teams and working groups, are trying to reach a level of social peace within the city”, said a participant of the programme.
The programme sought to distinguish the concepts of negative peace and positive peace and to discuss these notions with the participants.
“The workshop addressed several aspects, including an evaluation of the previous work carried out by the partnership team of the municipality of Zliten. In addition to introducing people to the concepts of social peace and the difference between positive peace and negative peace”, remarked an implementer of the workshop.
Negative peace is considered to be a state in which there is an agreement, for example a ceasefire, which upholds the peace between two or more combating groups, without which they will descend back into conflict. Positive peace, on the other hand, constitutes a state of affairs in which individuals and communities work together to sow economic, social and cultural ties in order to foster relations that prevent the growth of frustrations directed at one another which would have the potential to lead to conflict.