The Fellowship School
Equipping Youth with Nonviolence
The IFOR Fellowship School was a program created by the International Secretariat in 2012. The vision was to create a means to equip young people committed to social change with training in a variety of skills for nonviolent direct action. People from all over the world were invited to apply. Remarkable young people trained and contributed to the global movement. Fellows learned from expert practitioners while also serving as interns in the IFOR Secretariat.
In 2013 the Fellowship School continued and was based in the headquarters of IFOR’s U.S. Branch in New York. Due to funding challenges the program was been placed on hold. However, IFOR continues to look for opportunities to equip, encourage, and support our members and the broader movement towards a more peaceful and just world. Stay tuned.
The method of protective accompaniment is known around the world as one strategy of being in solidarity with those whose lives are in harms way. Members of IFOR have played an active role in the development of the methodology over the years and IFOR continues to be among the leading organizations engaged in accompaniment.
The Swedish branch of IFOR has an extensive accompaniment program in several countries.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Presence is an organization dedicated to providing safety, political visibility and solidarity to communities and individuals in Colombia who are working to promote human rights, peace and justice. FORPP developed through support of various branches of IFOR, most notably the branches of the U.S., Austria and working in collaboration with SERPAJ Colombia. FORPP allows individuals of conscience from all countries to apply.
IFOR members were among the initial organizers of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and many of our branches continue to support this work.
Women Peacemakers Program
The Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) was originally established in 1997 as a program of IFOR, to support and empower women peace activists worldwide, and to advocate for a gender perspective in nonviolent peacebuilding. The program grew and was a tremendous success, training, and mobilizing thousands of people around the world. Today WPP is it's own organization continuing to do great work. IFOR maintains close ties with WPP and continues to engage and support the important work of empowering women and addressing the intersection of gender and violence.