Travel Report: Global Peacebuilders Summit 2017

Monika Hauser: “Passionate for Peace”

Foto Travel Log 7.-12.09.2017

Subdued lighting, colourful wall hangings, and a cosy fire crackling in the stove, all within a yurt built in authentic Mongolian style. Men and women – including Monika Hauser – are listening attentively to Dishani Jayaweera, a peace activist from Sri Lanka. These intimate moments build trust and togetherness: 30 experienced peacebuilders from all over the world have come together for the second time at the Global Peacebuilders Summit in Paretz, near Berlin, Germany. Monika Hauser: “We are united by the obstacles and resistance we encounter in our daily work: our joint struggle for human rights and peace.” In Monika Hauser’s photo travelogue, she tells us about these rewarding encounters. This extraordinary gathering was made possible by the joint support of the Culture Counts Foundation, the Helga Breuninger Foundation and the German Foreign Office.

Dishani Jayaweera, Mossarat Quadeem and Monika Hauser talking at the Global Peacebuilders Summit.

Common mission: Peace

Sima Samar sitting together with humanrights defenders at Global Peacebuilders Summit in a cosy shelter.

Finding allies, seeing friends again

A womand and a men walking across the area of the Global Peacebuilder Summit.

A wonderfully peaceful place

Teilnehmende des Global Peacebuilders Summit stehen um ein Feuer herum.

A focus on peacework

Young activists sitting at a bondfire at the Global Peacebuilder Summit.

Young activists: Passionate for peace

A man discussing stands in a group of people.

Criticism of the international community

Women doing selfcare at the Global Peace Builder Summit.

Mindful Organisational Culture and self-care

For women standing next to each other holding hands.

Counteracting the feeling of loneliness

Sitting in a big group together talking about peace and development.

Outer peace cannot be achieved without inner ...

Sitting together on a carpet and doing nothing but relaxing.

Strength in serenity