Every year on September 21, on the anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly has declared this anniversary as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nation and people.
Each year the International Day of Peace is assigned a theme, this year the theme is the “Right of Peoples to Peace.” This declaration of the Right of Peoples Peace shows that peace is important for the full enjoyment of all human rights.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor this day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. We would like to do our part, by informing our readers about International Day of Peace and create public awareness on compassionate trade and how this type of trade goes beyond fair trade to support peace.
While, fair trade covers the basic needs for survival, such as food, shelter, education, and health care for artisans and their families; compassionate trade, takes fair trade to the next level. Compassionate trade is used to address global concerns such as alternatives to drug trafficking, peace building, and environmental conservation by creating and supporting initiatives and projects that address these concerns.
One World Projects is one of the few organizations willing to go to the countries that may be volatile or unstable and provide a solution for people to be self-sustainable. We want to create a greater peace in their heart by having work to support themselves, their families, and re-build their community. Everyone has the right to peace, and we believe that through a sustainable lifestyle, peace is attainable around the world.
In Afghanistan before the war, for example, the country was famous for its crafts and was a quite prosperous country. However, after 30 years of war, devastation and destruction has been brought to the once prosperous region. Large portions of the population is unemployed, illiterate and barely surviving on $1 per day.
Today, many small business owners, are working to preserve Afghanistan’s rich jewelry making and embroidery tradition and help disadvantaged artisans become financially independent through compassionate trade. Thanks to the income received by the artisans they are rebuilding their lives, community and economy, a necessary factor for peace.
About the Artisans
The artisans of Khaber-e-Khosh are buying all of their raw materials from government registered businesses to ensure they are managed in a sustainable manner, thus supporting the local economy. Let’s help the people of Afghanistan develop a better life by buying their pieces of art and supporting the artisans, their families, and communities rebuild themselves peacefully. Thank you!