Posted by Catherine Bonifant on Sep 09, 2017
D5240 Rotary Peace Fellowship Subcommittee     
Catherine Bonifant
Rotary E-Club of One World
DG Nick Frankle and the members of the subcommittee: Mike Weaver, DGN Savi Bhim, PDG Wade Nomura reviewed, interviewed and endorsed three local candidates for the Rotary Peace Fellowship this year for the 2018 university entry to the Masters or Professional Development Certificate. DG Nick Frankle and I also interviewed and endorsed four “At Large’ candidates. The applications are now included in the process of further review by members of the Rotary Peace Centre Committee and the selection committee, with the results available in November. We wish them well!
The "At Large' candidates are people who have not been able to have their applications reviewed by clubs or districts in their locations. The Rotary Peace Centre staff link them to the Chairs of the Subcommittees in districts who have agreed to this process, which includes interviews conducted via online media.
 Wondwossen Amsala, Ethiopia.   “A positive and genuine concern for social justice is at the core of my motivation for developing my own skills and capacity. Throughout my career I have taken an active role in a variety of developmental-focused international and regional conferences in an effort to enhance and utilize my skills and knowledge. In my home country Ethiopia, most citizens have limited knowledge of conflict resolution issues. Nurturing professionals from within the country, with an understanding of the practical consequences of international human rights issues, will then be vital in Ethiopia's continued sustainable development.
Wondwossen is reapplying as he was unsuccessful last year.

Both Cesc David, South Sudan. “Understanding the multifold and inter-related causes of violence and conflict and creating the conditions for moving out of authoritarianism into culture of peace and democracy remains a major challenge and needs a much better analytical skills and tools to be able to resolve conflict in an amicable way without causing further bloodshed in future. In order for peace to come in south Sudan and in other countries around the world also, it needs our collective efforts so as to arrest the situations before it gets out of hand.
Maria Mutuata, Kenya. “Since childhood, my dream was to pursue conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs. In law school, I was able to grasp a nuanced understanding of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. These three courses fuelled my desire to pursue peace studies to the highest level in order to fulfill this dream and the realization of ensuring a future that includes each and every human being, regardless of status.”
Maria is reapplying as she was unsuccessful last year.
Akbota Jumabayeva, Kazakhstan.” I strive to learn more about the processes and the theory of conflict resolution and peace building. I understand that nobody can actu ally teach one to live in peace, but science is constantly studying human experience to offer solutions to the world. The scientific approach has developed m ethods and algorithms to help to decipher and mitigate conflicts. I want to develop myself in the direction of capacity building and integration of experiences.”    
     Mairelise Robinson , Simi Valley, California USA. “My undergraduate studies provided me with a strong foundation upon which to build my understanding of thescope of issues giving rise to terrorism. Since terrorism never arises from nor targets one community, issue, or agenda, this broad frame of reference is invaluable. My studies at UCSD will allow me to place the material taught at Bradford in context and will provide a basis for me to deeply understand the political, economic and social implications of terrorism.”
Shannon Gillespie McComb, Oxnard, California USA  “My Biomedical Engineering degree, with a minor in Science, Technology and Society bridge the gap between developing technologies, global healthcare, science in societies, and environmental change. International disputes are frequently over technology, poverty, economics, religion, territory, and ideology. I became an engineer to change the world by solving people’s healthcare needs and gain a strong technical background to address scientific problems which face the globe.”
Olivia Lopes, San Luis Obispo, California USA   Restorative justice and distributive justice define wrongdoing as a violation of relationships. They hinge on a fundamental belief in human interconnectedness. This understanding implicates a parallel commitment to connection as a basic need and human right and to reso lving harm through the same site—relationship. My most significant catalysts for work in the field of peace and conflict resolution have been intimate experiences with restorative justice and distributive justice.
Olivia is reapplying as she was unsuccessful in 2015.
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