Justice and Peace
The justice and peace commission was established during the Arusha Archdiocesan Synod in 2000 in response to the call by the Christian communities for involvement by the Church in the promotion of Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese. This call came following the continuing situation in our communities where violation of human rights has become common, open and rampant.
It became obvious that there is a great need for the community to be made aware of their rights and responsibilities in creating and preserving a just and peaceful society. Thus the commission was inaugurated to provide free service by activities including the creation of awareness among the population on human rights, social justice and civic responsibilities in order to bring about social change in our community.
The vision of Justice and Peace.
Our vision is towards truth, freedom and life to the full for all people of the Arusha Archdiocese.
The Mission of Justice and Peace.
Our mission is to render moral and spiritual formation in collaboration with other actors promoting human rights in order to build a just and peaceful society where people live in dignity.
The Justice and Peace engaged in carrying out various activities in the seven district covered by Arusha Archdiocese. These districts are Arusha Municipality, Arumeru, Monduli, Simanjiro, Kiteto, longido and Ngorongoro, which are located in the northern part of Tanzania and currently contain an approximate population of more than two million(2mil.) people.
Justice and Peace provides training services on various subjects to the community (including Human Rights, Good Governance, effective leadership, poverty reduction strategies, mediation and conflict resolutions and many other relevant subjects and topics. This training is provided to various focus groups in the community mainly packaged as seminars and workshops.
The commission also facilitates TOT (Training of Trainers) sessions for training of Justice and Peace animators selected from the small Christian community/parish levels. Animators receive adequate training and serve as Trainers in the respective communities as well as providing other services of the commission such as basic legal advice and guidance and interventions in common human rights violations in the communities.
2. AWARENESS CREATION
The Justice and Peace Commission also regularly provides lectures and facilitates seminars for communities, target parishes as well as for various focus groups (including Journalists, Clergy, Nuns, Police Officers, Students, Teachers from primary to tertiary level institutions etc). Awareness creation is carried out on various subjects relating to social justice based on the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.
Awareness creation elections and voters education.
3. LEGAL GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING
Free legal counseling, advice and guidance as well as interventions in conflict resolutions are also provided as a service by the JPC in Arusha.
4. LENTEN CAMPAIGNH
The Commission facilitates the identification and implementation of Lenten Campaigns in Arusha Archdiocese aimed at raising awareness of the people to their civic responsibilities in development as well as providing avenues for the people to give finance and materials and thus participate in affecting social changes in their communities.
5. RADIO BROADCAST
Regular production and broadcasting of radio programs on social justice issues to awareness in the community.
JPC PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
Objective 1 – To uphold the dignity of each person in the community by facilitating social changes through awareness creation on social justice in the community.
Objective 2 – To give a voice to the voiceless (especially the marginalized people) in the community and facilitate their awareness and access to justice.
Objective 3 – To instigate and establish various peace and reconciliation forums and opportunities in the community.
Objective 4 – To defend , promote and support sound and just economic systems, labour conditions and equitable distribution of social amenities.
Objective 5 – To network for the common good through the establishment of a just government and the rule of law in an atmosphere of effective leadership and democracy in the community.
Objective 6 – To collaborate and network with other actors involved in promoting peace and justice at various level in the community.
PROGRAM BEST PRACTICES
Working at the community grassroots level within various organs of the Church and the community in order achieve.
- Creation of awareness on social responsibility, action and justice.
- Facilitation of the access to justice for marginalized members of the community.
- Instigation of social change in our community through individual and collective actions resulting from awareness by the people.
- Collaboration with other stakeholder’s including AAIDRO Development projects and other community development organizations in the area.
FUTURE PLANS FOR JPC
- To implement Peace-building initiatives in relevant areas having inter-tribal and other conflicts within the Arusha Archdiocese.
- Lobbying and advocacy on issues of environmental preservation and protection.
- Facilitation of increased awareness on social rights and issues as well as access to justice.
- Radio discussion programs on social justice issues.