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Shoulder to Shoulder – Inter-faith action against xenophobia and hate speech

Target Audience
General publicLocal community organisations/NGOs
key themes association
Alternative and counter narrativesCommunity engagement/civil society
Peer Reviewed practice


Kirkon Ulkomaanapu – Finn Church Aid

inn Church Aid, the largest development actor and secondlargest provider of humanitarian aid in Finland hosts the secretariat of Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.

The Network was initiated in 2013 as a direct result of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s report, ‘Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution’ (UN GA Report A/66/811, 2012) and the supporting guidance, ‘UN Guidance for Effective Mediation’ (UN GA Resolution 65/283, 2012).

The Network is a faith-based organisation and it is financially supported, inter alia, by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Finn Church Aid, the KAICIID Dialogue Centre and the United States Institute of Peace. In addition, the Network is significantly supported by in-kind contributions from several Network members.

Type of Organisation: Other

Project description

Shoulder-to-Shoulder is an inter-faith collaboration model for generating grass-roots, local level collaboration between communities of various faiths on local issues. Religious communities and religious premises can become the targets of hate speech and hate crime.

Finn Church Aid (FCA), working with religious communities, develops actions within which communities can support each other when threatened or faced with a concrete danger. The ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ action will be further developed and implemented.

Contact details


Kirkon Ulkomaanapu – Finn Church Aid
Eteläranta 8, P.O. Box 210,
FI-00131 Helsinki, Finland

Contact person: Milla Perukangas
Telephone: (+358) 406 601 990
Email| Website
The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers Website

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Shoulder to Shoulder – Inter-faith action against xenophobia and hate speech
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