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Violence Prevention and Dialogue Toolkit

“To build cultures that are based on human rights while ensuring non-repetition of violations, post-conflict societies must actively engage the public on issues related to the past and on an imagined future based on peace and non-repetition.

Survivors need to be heard, and people must be able to listen to each other across the lines that divide them…

This toolkit is a resource for those who wish to host dialogues in their own communities. It covers how to plan and prepare for a dialogue, how to facilitate the dialogue itself, and how to address challenging scenarios.

The toolkit references the process of body mapping, a recognized psycho-social art and storytelling technique. As a catalyst for storytelling by survivors and for dialogue within and between communities affected by violence and conflict, body mapping is a powerful tool for beginning the truth-telling process. Body mapping is a vehicle for dialogue at multiple stages - first, during the creation of the body maps, and second (with the consent of those involved) during the display of those maps.

While the toolkit will highlight several dialogic techniques that connect well with body mapping, a knowledge of body mapping is not required to use this toolkit or to engage in dialogue.” (p.5)