Hope for Peace, Harmony and a United HUMANITY” is the core message of the Walk of Hope, which aims to spread the message of nonviolence, tolerance and peace among the youth of The Hague, especially school children and students.

The Walk of Hope (WOH) was endorsed by the United Nations as “an unprecedented Walk and a laudable peace initiative”. The Undersecretary-General of the United Nations and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General (UNUSG) for the prevention of genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng also took part in the Walk of Hope in The Hague in 2017, as well as Ms Saskia Bruines, deputy mayor. More than 1500 students from 9 Dutch and international schools participated in the Walk in 2018 (See 2-min video here). Other activities were organized in both editions of the Walk of Hope, including student conferences on the topic of peace, tolerance and solidarity.

The Walk of Hope is inspired by Sri M, founder of The Walk of Hope who started in 2015 with a walk of 7,500 km from the most southerly to the most northerly points of India.

In October 2020, the WOH collaborated for the first time with Henosis (Unity), an International youth-led organisation seeking to connect and empower the youth of today. In partnership with HENOSIS, the WOH hosted an online live conversation via Instagram, where we explored the “Hidden struggles of COVID 19” and discussed how we can enhance intergenerational youth leadership to come together in this global pandemic, with a keen interest in Education. This conversation was held between students of International Schools and Universities in The Hague and Mr Youssef Mahmoud, former Under Secretary-General of the UN, former Senior Advisor at the international Peace Institute. We were supported by a live audience of over 200 Instagram participants, who actively participated through asking questions to stimulate thought-provoking discussions.

Our most recent initiative & collaboration, the WOH x Henosis Walk Challenge, held during April 25 to May 2, 2021, launched by the Director of the Peace Palace and by the principal of the International School of The Hague. where the participants walked for 4 km or more, individually or in pairs (due to Covid restrictions), and shared their photos, messages of solidarity and even artwork. This showcased the power of HOPE, which united us in the challenging pandemic times. Here is a 1.5 minute clip which summarises the essence of the event!In total, we walked over 400 kilometers collectively, with participants from 18 different nationalities, in The
Netherlands, France, Tunisia, USA, Lebanon and many more countries. Furthermore, we received collections of photos, messages and even artwork.

As part of the Just Peace Month 2021, WOH, in partnership with HENOSIS and TTY media, will organise an online musical evening “Towards Peace- Diversity in Musical Expression”.

The event will display a diverse range of unique musical expressions, under the overarching theme of peace. The performances will be given by young artists showcasing different musical genres, and providing insights into their own ideas of peace & justice through their choice of songs. Through this event, we aspire to strengthen our acceptance and tolerance of different cultures, while appreciating the common notion of peace- a united humanity, in diversity.