War is never a way to solve a conflict – only dialogue and the appreciation of difference. Not in the Ukraine nor in any other part of the world. We urge decision makers all over the world to end armed conflicts, become active partners on global disarmament, contribute to de-escalation and commit to transnational cooperation. We also call for journalists to end their racist coverage of the current refugee situation, while we call on Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to extend the same open arms to people of colour fleeing from Ukraine. We ask those in our network to actively share resources on how to support those most marginalised in Ukraine, including LGBTQ+ communities, women, Black and POC students, people with disabilities, etc.
ICYE is a Federation of members in 40 countries worldwide who contribute to peace and solidarity through exchanges and international volunteering. For more than 70 years, we have been promoting intercultural understanding, inclusion and social justice, while building bridges between people in all their diversity. We express our solidarity and engagement along with activists everywhere in the world to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.