It is easy to start a war but always difficult to end it. War causes casualties and damages the life of all creatures on earth. For Peace Museum Vienna, anyone who tries to make the world a better place to live is a peace hero. PMV believes that anyone in the past or present, who stands up and speaks out for social justice, is a peace hero. A Peace Hero breaks the silence and shares her or his knowledge with others in order to reach an ideal peaceful society. We want to inspire students and the public by showing them the good work that Peace Heroes have done to achieve and promote peace.
Windows for Peace is a collaborative initiative created by the Peace Museum Vienna, located at Blutgasse 3, in the 1st District, and surrounding local businesses, churches and organizations.. The Windows for Peace Project will utilize windows in the Centre of Vienna to showcase influential figures from throughout history who have devoted their lives and careers to peace and tolerance. The exhibition will highlight such figures as Vienna’s own Bertha von Suttner, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi, among others. This is the first project in the world to exhibit peace heroes in windows, available to everyone – and we would like to invite you to participate.
Peace Kitchens are special events at Peace Museum Vienna. At a Peace Kitchen, a number of volunteers from a particular country cook food from that country and share it with friends of PMV and the public. After dinner, we show a film that is followed by a discussion about either the region or a relevant Peace Hero. The event typically lasts up to 2-3 hours depending on length of the film and the discussion.
Peace Museum Vienna commemorated the international Red Hand Day by exhibiting works of art submitted by various artists on 12 February 2015. Red Hand Day is an international campaign to stop recruiting children as soldiers in armed conflicts. Human Rights Watch reports that child soldiers are being used as weapons of war in at least 14 countries around the world. This means that these children are vulnerable to massive exploitation and violence even though the UN treaty, “the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, prohibits the use of children as soldiers.
It is difficult to precisely define peace education because it is a very broad theme. However, the accepted definition of peace education is to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior and values that are essential for the reduction and elimination of all forms of violence. Peace education also attempts to empower learners to gain and promote peaceful co-existence, tolerance, justice and a culture of peace. Compassion, equality, interdependence, diversity, sustainability and nonviolence are other values and principles that peace education strives to promote.