Culture for the promotion of Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion
The Pro-Paz project is realized in the framework of the current Peace and National Reconciliation process in Mozambique, which began with the Maputo Agreement of August 6, 2019. This was the third peace agreement after the 1992 and 2014 agreements, and an historic, crucial moment for the end of hostilities between FRELIMO (Liberation Front of Mozambique) and RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance).
The signing of peace agreements must be followed by concrete actions to build lasting peace and support national reconciliation. Mistrust and internal divisions at community level must be replaced by peaceful coexistence. It is necessary to consider the impact of violence on communities, to contribute to the processes of individual and collective elaboration of the traumas experienced. This requires interventions at both national and community levels, with the relevant participation of civil society, religious organizations and the communities themselves affected by the conflicts.
ProPaz is a project implemented by CISP in partnership with 3 Mozambican Organizations: IMD – Institute for Multiparty Democracy, key actor of civil society within the peace and reconciliation process, IVERCA, committed for years in the use of art and culture for the promotion of inclusive citizenship, and LeMuSiCa, grassroots organization made up of women, active in the fight against gender-based violence and the promotion of women's and children's rights.
The ProPaz project has three key components:
Contribute to the consolidation of Peace in Mozambique, promoting a National Reconciliation initiative based on cultural activities and the active participation of civil society, the most vulnerable groups and the communities most affected by the conflict.