“Stories of Nonviolence from the Peripheries: The Experience of the Philippines” is a captivating two-hour storytelling session that took place on January 30, 2024. The event shed light on the transformative experiences of religious and community workers who have adeptly applied nonviolent strategies to navigate interpersonal, political, tribal, and inter-religious conflicts. This storytelling initiative draws inspiration from the enlightening roundtable discussions on nonviolence hosted by Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in 2023.
The primary objective of this session was to convey a powerful message: in the face of violence, viable alternatives exist. Nonviolent methods, demonstrated to be effective across various contexts and levels, have not only saved lives but also paved the way for brighter futures. Pax Christi Pilipinas, the Center for Peace Education-Miriam College, and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders assembled five impassioned peace advocates from diverse conflict areas in the Philippines to share their stories. Through their narratives, they share compelling stories of transformation, illustrating the profound impact of nonviolence in fostering positive change.