Founded in 2010 by Dr Theo Gavrielides RJ4All is now a leading international institute of restorative justice
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Our mission is to advance community and social cohesion and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels. Through the power of education as well as the practices and values of restorative justice, community cohesion represents a preventive measure to conflict.
COMMUNITY COHESION & CONFLICT PREVENTION
In order to tackle the issue of disempowering and untrusted public institutions, our focus is empowering those who want to have a voice and want to pursue a better future for themselves and their peers. To this end, we redistribute power to achieve social justice.
Our Problem and Our Focus
Public trust in governments and their institutions has been declining globally. This is because public services do not exist in a vacuum. They are developed and function within the societies that they are meant to serve. If they are structured within disempowering governments and democracies, then their users’ experience will be one of disappointment.
Concurrently with the decline in public trust and justice performance globally, there has been a rise of community voice and action. In a globalised world where the internet, social media and borderless continents define how we send and receive information, the notion of community had to redefine itself. It is no longer a place – it is a sense of belonging.
But alas, the modern notion of community often lacks the resources and the voice to challenge the powerful and the status quo. This is particularly true for marginalised groups and those who tend to be discriminated again due to their age, race, gender, belief, socio-economic background, disability or sexual orientation.
Restorative Justice for All was created to respond to this challenge as well as the fears, anxieties and bad experiences of communities and the powerless of our structured and top down offered justice and educational options. Our focus is empowering those who want to have a voice and want to pursue a better future for themselves and their peers. To this end, we redistribute power to achieve social justice.
Redistributing Power – Achieving social justice
We believe that we can build a better world by working locally, nationally and internationally through the redistribution of power. We do this by using the values and practices of restorative justice including: power sharing, fairness, equality, dignity and respect.
The means that we use are structured through educational and social action programmes, and focus on achieving social justice for all.
Community voice has been getting louder and now, the powerful have no other option, but to listen. RJ4All acts as a conduit and a mediator between the powerful (such as governments, decision makers, regional and international fora) and communities by providing voice, representation and bottom up communication routes that make sense to our target groups. Our founding value of dialogue directs us that our negotiations are carried out in the spirit of brotherhood/ sisterhood and peace.
Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) is charitable NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels.
We do this by using the power of education as well as the practices (mediation, conferencing, circles, dialogue, workshops) and values of restorative justice including power sharing, fairness, equality, dignity and respect. RJ4All is the leading Europe-wide restorative justice network with members from over 40 countries.
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