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Peace Commissioner in Peru: "Many do not know what is a culture of peace"
an article by Oskar Natteri, Diario Correo, Peru

On her first visit to the Huancavelica region, the newly appointed Commissioner for Peace and Development of Ayacucho, Huancavelica and province of La Convención in Cuzco, Catherine Dueñas Carhuas says that according to the information she has received from the authorities, there is little knowledge of the culture of peace.

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What disturbs the peace in Huancavelica ?

According to the Ministry of Interior, the problems are family violence, alcohol and gang formation by minors 12 and 14 years old.

What is the origin ?

Many cases are remnants of what was experienced at the time of political violence, sometimes the problems are passed on from father to son. There is also the problem of people who were displaced and in many cases do not know how to go back, or how to recover their lands.

What should be done to change things ?

We need to create a culture of peace; in Huancavelica we have not known the culture of peace, which is a way of living in harmony in each of our homes.

It also includes psychological treatment.

To achieve a culture of peace we need to coordinate efforts and strategies across multiple sectors. It is a work of several institutions. We need to coordinate efforts with the Ministry of Women and Social Inclusion, with the health sector, with local government and all needs to be coordinated with the state.

It is a painstaking task .

Indeed, but also the authorities need to take the information to their communities and treat it as a major issue .

What activities are taking place in Huancavelica ?

Since this is the first visit since my appointment, I need to collect information from authorities on social problems and coordinate efforts among institutions.

The Commissioner for Peace announced that on the 22 and 23 May an event will be organized in the auditorium of the Agricultural Directorate .

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Question(s) related to this article:

The culture of peace at a regional level, Does it have advantages compared to a city level?

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Latest reader comment:

CPNN has often carried articles about establishing a culture of peace at the level of the city, but there are also some advantages to promoting a culture of peace at a somewhat broader regional level.

In particular, the culture of peace needs to be based on a sustainable economy, which, in the long run, should depend on local agricultural production more than imported food.  This requires that the unit for the culture of peace include not only the city, but also the agricultural region surrounding it.

This report was posted on May 12, 2014.