Many refugee people grow up surrounded by violence, and learn to see violence and abuse of power as normal and effective responses to conflict. Violence appears to be the only viable option for responding to conflict. The main objective of this training with the 24 women was:
To raise awareness of the people have in a conflict. AVP teaches that conflict does not need to be avoided and that it does not need to be met with violence. In the ideal world, conflicts can be resolved with “win/win” solutions, ones in which everyone leaves with their needs met.
Nonviolence is not just a state of mind or an attitude towards conflict. It is a commitment to actively seek to change the force or situation that degrade and oppress people. It is a commitment to address violence at its roots.
AVP teaches that the best way to overcome injustice is to come together as a refugee community and turn to each other as resources for change. This grassroots approach to ending injustice emphasizes that change is possible if our refugee communities come together and that each person has an important role to play in the process. They require skills that must be learned and practiced, skills that are intimately related to each other and that build on one another.