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The Asia Foundation

From the beginning of this year, The Asia Foundation has been developing an inclusive social Program for people who have experienced discrimination because of having a different religion or belief. This program is being carried out in the cities of Banda Aceh, Medan, Ciamis, Tasikmalaya, Kuningan, Indramayu, Tegal, Rembang, Jepara, Kulonprogo, Sampang, Jember, Mataram, Bima, Tambolaka, Waingapu and Bulukumba. In these cities, social inclusion is being Motivational Arts Unlimited (MAU) Workshop 8 developed. For this, 35 facilitators from these communities experiencing discrimination and social exclusion (from the above-mentioned cities) are coming to Bogor West Java, to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016 for 5 days from February 1 to 5, 2016, in the form of a “retreat”- to reflect on values and basic human rights in the aim of achieving social inclusion and equality for their communities. The program was opened with discussion and showing of a documentary film of World Interfaith Harmony Week on the islands of Ambon and Nusa Laut, East Indonesia. Budhy MunawarRahman and Renata Arianingtyas, two Program Officers of Asia Foundation, shared their experiences of developing a culture of peace in Ambon, a socially inclusive and equality developing program in an area of conflict- in the case of Ambon, which experienced religious conflict from 1999- 2004, and which broke out again in 2011. The 35 participants from these various communities, experiencing social exclusion (above), also shared their experiences in building a culture of peace and tolerance in their areas.

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