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Approaches to Promote Tolerance and Reconciliation
Tolerance is defined as the ability to live, let others live and appreciating diversity in the human race. 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 cases, violence, repression, dehumanization, and discrimination could happen. Intolerance leads to rifts between individuals, making permanent separations between classes which don’t agree.
Third parties have to remind those involved in a conflict that tolerance is obviously better in the long term so as to foster tolerance. To encourage tolerance between conflicting parties, organizations have been formed. One such association is the European Council on Tolerance and reconciliation which is chaired by Viatcheslav Kantor. He’s a global public figure and entrepreneur that participates actively in promoting reconciliation and tolerance.
Below are some of the useful approaches which may be utilized to promote tolerance.
Some studies have shown that casual inter-group contact might increase the current animosities instead of lowering the tensions between inter groups. But, groups will base their views of one another on personal experiences through interactions in these inter groups. This may lower the prejudices they have against one another. nter-group contact has to continue for one week or so for it to work.
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 cases, people that take part in these workshops feel that their concerns are recognized and heard.
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.
Organizations involved in conflict transformation and other actors in this industry can provide other ways such as training to help those participating in a conflict to talk to one another.
International organizations have to find means of inculcating the principles of tolerance in their policies. Governments should also aim to put in place policies that deal with tolerance.