What we do
What We Do
Films 4 Peace Foundation (F4P) is a Bangladesh-based national peacebuilding organization that aims to create a sustainable and peaceful society through innovative programs, strategic communication, and research. F4P focuses on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, building conflict management and peace-building capacities, and ending all forms of violence, exploitation, and abuse.
The organization works on various thematic areas, including peace building, social cohesion, economic well-being, good governance, empowerment, human rights, environmental peace, and migration and human trafficking.
F4P has trained 120 youth on participatory filmmaking and leadership, resulting in short films on peace, diversity, and social cohesion. The organization has also organized Bangladesh’s first-ever Peace Film Festival and launched a television program to promote safe and orderly migration.
F4P has successfully implemented and monitored programs that have increased volunteerism, youth engagement, responsible citizenship, and the empowerment of girls. Through innovative film-making, F4P has engaged different communities in critical discussions on social issues and promoted a sense of unity and understanding.
F4P has collaborated with various organizations on projects, such as “Empowering youth to build peace through films,” “Promoting inclusive governance through youth peace films,” and “Youth for Promoting Multicultural Peaceful Society through Films,” to empower young filmmakers to create films that promote social change.
F4P’s work is crucial in building a peaceful and inclusive society in Bangladesh, and donors can contribute to F4P’s programs and initiatives to support youth leadership, community empowerment, responsible citizenship, and tolerance, while promoting a vision of a peaceful world without violence.
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"Empowering Youth to Combat Human Trafficking: A Story of Community Resilience"
Once upon a time, there was a community in Bangladesh that was plagued by the scourge of human trafficking. Despite numerous attempts to raise awareness and prevent the issue, the problem persisted. The community leaders realized that they needed to take a different approach to combat human trafficking and that’s when they turned to the youth.
The community leaders organized a program to train young people in leadership, with a specific focus on preventing human trafficking. These young leaders learned how to identify and tell stories about human trafficking and unsafe migration in their own community. They went out into every corner of the community and found stories to share with the rest of the community.
With the help of community members, they created powerful videos that captured the stories of those affected by human trafficking. These videos were then shown to the local administration and public representatives, who were deeply moved by the stories they saw. They made commitments to work with the young leaders to prevent human trafficking in the community.
The videos were also shown in local schools and colleges, where they had a profound impact on students. They learned how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and unsafe migration, and were encouraged to speak out against it.
Thanks to this program, many young people in the community found new job opportunities as video content creators, journalists, photographers, and videographers. Not only did this program help raise awareness about human trafficking, but it also helped create new economic opportunities for the youth.
This program was made possible thanks to the Films 4 Peace initiative under the Road to Tolerance program, supported by USAID. With the support of this program, the community was able to take a new approach to preventing human trafficking, and the results were truly transformative.
Let’s all come together to support initiatives like this and work towards ending human trafficking once and for all. #youthleadership #empowerment #humantraffickingawareness #humantraffickingprevention #peacebuilding
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Promoting Peace and Tolerance in Madrasa Curriculum: The Dialogue for a Harmonious Bangladesh
The Islamic Institute has always played a significant role in shaping the social and cultural fabric of Bangladesh. To further promote peace, tolerance, and harmony in the country, a dialogue was organized by the Films for Peace Foundation and Rupantar at an elite hotel in the Baridhara Diplomatic Area. The event brought together eminent scholars and experts to discuss the problems and prospects of including peace and tolerance education in the Madrasa curriculum.
The first session of the dialogue focused on the Islamic Institute’s role in promoting peace and tolerance. Dr. Touhidul Islam and Dr. Abdullah Al Mahmud highlighted the importance of building a peaceful and tolerant society based on the teachings of Islam. They emphasized that the Madrasa curriculum needs to include topics such as human rights, interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution, and gender equality.
The second session was led by Professor Dr. Mohammad Abdur Qadir and Professor Dr. Mohammad Ataur Rahman Miyaji. They discussed the need to remove social prejudices and promote diversity and tolerance in the Madrasa curriculum. Faisal bin Majeed, on behalf of the United Nations Development Program UNDP, spoke about the importance of inclusive education in building a harmonious society.
The dialogue also featured speeches from honorable guests such as Islamic Arabic University Honorable Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Ahsan Ullah, Honorable Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, and Director General and Additional Secretary of Madrasa Education Department Mr. K. M. Rahul Amin. Maulana Mohammad Abdur Razzak spoke about the executive head’s role in promoting peace and tolerance, and Mr. Rafiqul Islam Khokon gave the welcome speech.
The event was a step towards promoting peace, tolerance, and harmony in the Madrasa curriculum. With the support of experts and scholars, the Madrasa curriculum can include topics that promote a peaceful, diverse, and tolerant society. The Films for Peace Foundation and Rupantar have taken the initiative to promote peace and tolerance education in the Madrasa curriculum, and it is now up to the Madrasa authorities to take the necessary steps to build a harmonious Bangladesh.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
As an organization, Films 4 Peace is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our work. We recognize that achieving a truly peaceful world requires a commitment to justice and equality, and we strive to reflect these values in our programming and operations.
To that end, we are committed to:
Fostering an inclusive organizational culture: We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment where all individuals feel valued and respected regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or other personal characteristics. We will actively work to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion and ensure that our staff and volunteers reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
Promoting diversity in our programming: We will prioritize working with filmmakers and partners who represent diverse perspectives and communities, and ensure that the stories we tell are inclusive and representative of a range of experiences and voices.
Advancing equity in our operations: We will strive to ensure that our organizational policies and practices promote fairness and equity, and that our programs and services are accessible and available to all, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Holding ourselves accountable: We will regularly review and assess our progress towards achieving our DEI goals, and be transparent about our successes and challenges. We will actively seek feedback from our stakeholders and use it to improve and strengthen our commitment to DEI.
Through these commitments, we aim to create a more just, peaceful, and equitable world for all.