Religiously motivated violence is currently affecting millions of people through death, disability, displacement, destruction of communities, and trauma and bitterness that lasts generations. Glencree is part of a new and growing international network of religious leaders, governments and civil society organisation seeking to reduce religiously motivated violence.

Religiously motivated violent affects millions of people through death, disability, displacement, destruction of communities, and trauma and bitterness that lasts generations.  A concerted international response is needed to prevent and counteract religiously motivated violence, to improve communication and understanding between and within religions, and to increase regional stability and community resilience.

Faith leaders are critical in delegitimising religious justifications for violence and drawing on the resources of their traditions to create the conditions for a just peace.

Governments are critical in advancing a set of legal obligations and policies that will affect civilian security, education and resource allocation.

Civil society is critical for building local capacity for early warning, rapid response and collective action.

Glencree is involved due to its 40 years’ peacebuilding experience in our own sectarian conflict and to share those experiences and learn from others in how to best reduce religiously related violence.  Glencree is currently involved in the network’s steering group overseeing the development of pilot projects to ascertain how a global network can make a valuable contribution.  For Glencree this will involve both work here in Ireland and internationally.