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Strategies to Promote Tolerance and Reconciliation

Appreciating diversity in the human race, the ability to live and let live is referred to as tolerance. It does not only imply that we agree with one another and remain indifferent in the face of injustice but instead respect other people.

When we fail to respect or appreciate the practices, beliefs or opinions of people who are different from us, then we become intolerant. By way of example, there’s a high degree of intolerance between Palestinians and Israeli Jews who don’t see eye to eye on issues of identity, self-determination, and safety.

Although tolerance might appear like an impossible thing, in some scenarios, it can help in assisting communities to move past conflicts which are intractable and remove tensions between groups of people. In areas with political tensions or economic depression, individuals and groups may find it challenging to tolerate people who are not like them or have wronged them. In these conditions, discrimination, dehumanization, violence, and repression could occur. Intolerance results in rifts between folks, creating permanent separations between disagreeing groups.

Third parties have to remind those involved in a conflict that tolerance is obviously better in the long term so as to foster tolerance. There have been organizations formed to foster tolerance between conflicting parties. One such association is the European Council on Tolerance and reconciliation which is chaired by Viatcheslav Kantor. He is an international businessman and public figure who participates actively in promoting tolerance and reconciliation.

Below are a number of the practical strategies which may be employed to promote tolerance.

Some studies have shown that casual inter-group contact does not reduce the tensions between inter groups and it may increase the current animosities. However, groups will use personal experiences through interactions in these inter groups to inform their views of one another. This may lower the prejudices they have against one another. For inter-group contact to be effective, it has to go on for at least week or longer.

To improve the communication between conflicting sides, dialogue tactics like problem-solving workshops or dialogue groups offer opportunities for the parties to a conflict to express their interests and needs. In these circumstances, those participating in the workshops believe that their concerns are heard and recognized.

Individuals should consistently focus on tolerating those that hold different views from them in their daily lives. This involves challenging the assumptions and stereotypes which they come across in working with other people or making decisions about others.

Associations involved in conflict transformation and other actors in this field can offer different ways like training to assist people involved in a battle to speak to one another.

International organizations have to discover ways of Inculcating the principles of tolerance within their policies. Governments should also aim to institute policies involving tolerance.

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