Our multi-channel approach to peace building aims to engage and affect youth online and build solidarity and coalitions among diverse groups on the ground.
My Friend Campaign
Myanmar is one of the most diverse countries in the world, however, ethnic and religious conflict has plagued its history in recent years. In 2015, the #MyFriend campaign was launched to promote love and to honor friendship amongst diverse people.
The campaign began online. Snap a picture with a friend from a different background and share this photo with the #myfriend and #frindship_has_no_boundaries. This simple act spread offline and sparked discussions, events and forums on tolerance and love across the country—helping bring thousands of people of all backgrounds together to promote tolerance.
The campaign has been used as an example of peace building in many peace curriculums and trainings across the world including Germany, France, and Australia. Since its inception, the campaign has evolved to include poem, essay, and photo competitions, all of which promote love, friendship, and acceptance.
WPN conducts anti-discrimination workshops and meetings with the key civil society actors in Myanmar to collectively respond to hate directed against minorities and to address deep rooted institutionalized discrimination. We bring youth, peace, civil society and religious leaders together for events like the International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In 2016, over 130 participants from across Myanmar actively participated in panel discussions and workshops.