Arantza Peralta Lavin

Affiliated Organizations

Anti-Racism Program Lead, Medecins Sans Frontieres

Please tell us about your work in peace education. What are the issues and contexts in which you have worked? What have been some of the challenges you've encountered and how have you overcome them?

I've been working with different communities in situations of vulnerability, such as: migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, people inside prison, people with mental health problems, children in orphanages (among others). I have worked in the fields of safeguarding, protection, Gender-Based Violence, Anti-Racism, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and through the use of theater to equip people with tools to express themselves and their needs.

How and why did you start working in peace education? What is your motivation for this work?

I started working in the field because I witnessed the impact of violence and oppression and acknowledged that in situations of injustice, staying neutral is being complicit with injustice.

What keeps you going? How do you sustain yourself in this work?

I am committed to the dismantling of systems of violence and oppression through Peace Education, Transformational Action, and a personal commitment to being the change I want to see in the world.