URI MENA
AL KARMA-CIDT
 
 Teaching young people tolerance and understanding
 
"Our purpose is to teach young people tolerance and understanding of different religious traditions, not through abstract learning, but through personal contacts and experiences."
 
Action Areas: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Youth
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Number of Members: 9
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: August 2008
 
Al-Karma-CIDT offers internships to Egyptian and Western students to work on papers on interreligious understanding for publication in the electronic magazine Arab-West Report (AWR). AWR was established in 1997 with the specific goal of fostering better understanding of the Arab World and also showing how polemics and biased media reporting can negatively impact understanding on each side of the Arab-West and Muslim-non-Muslim divide. Members of the CC are encouraged to contribute to the forum of the Electronic Network for Arab-West Understanding (ENAWU) on issues related to interreligious understanding.
 
 
 
COUNCIL OF ARAKHNA (ELDERS) AND WISE IN EGYPT
 
Reaching equal opportunities and recognition of all citizens of Egypt
 
"Our purpose is to promote peaceful co-existence among followers of different religions and to prevent violence and promote early conflict resolution in Egypt."
 
Action Areas: Community Building, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Women
Traditions: Islam, Christianity
Sub-Traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, Protestant
Number of Members: 3000
Location: Bani Mazar, Minia, Egypt
Joined URI Network: March 2016
 
Distinguished scholars and activists from different religious and professional backgrounds established the Council of Arakhna (elders) and Wise in Egypt in 2014. Their goal was to promote peaceful co-existence among followers of different religions, to prevent violence and promote early conflict resolution in Egypt.
Their main focus: interaction with Egyptian stakeholders to defend the rights of minorities and oppressed people; the organization of interfaith dialogue forums to promote human rights, dignity and peaceful co-existence; assuring that all citizens of Egypt have the same opportunities regardless of their religious or gender backgrounds.
 
 
 
EGYPT WOMEN EMPOWERMENT BOOSTERS (EWEB) CC
 
Women empowerment and women’s rights in Egypt
 
"Our purpose is to empower women in our society and to spread awareness of their rights."
 
Action Areas: Women
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Orthodox, Sunni, Sufi
Number of Members: 7
Location: Dokki, Giza, Egypt
Joined URI Network: August 2007
 
 
 
EGYPTIAN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION CC
 
Strengthening global civil society
 
"Our purpose is to further interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding in Egypt, and to create and develop new religious discourses on social, political, cultural, and economic problems."
 
Action Areas: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Orthodox, Coptic, Protestant, Roman Catholic
Number of Members: 10
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: May 2002
 
Egyptian Interfaith Association works to launch religiously motivated social action projects, created and maintained by religious people belonging to different traditions. They also offer conflict prevention and resolution initiatives in volatile areas where religious conflicts erupt through exploring and treating the underlying causes, so as to help prevent them in the future. Members also strive to stretch out their hands to the world to exchange ideas and experiences.
 
 
 
GIVING WITHOUT BORDERS
 
Spreading love and peace to society, family, and friends
 
"Our purpose is to help people in our society regardless of religion, background, education or colour."
 
Action Areas: Community Building, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Women, Youth
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Orthodox, Sunni, Catholic
Number of Members: 7
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: January 2011
 
Giving Without Borders Cooperation Circle (CC) is involved in several key projects:
1. I am Egyptian: this project aims to teach children and young people good ethics, attitudes and behavior. It concentrates on the idea of all is one, and how to respect and accept others no matter   how different they are.
2. Scout for Peace: the main goal of this group is to promote a culture of peace between children and young people and to educate children on peace issues, good ethics, and respect and love for all  people.
3. Misriyti: this project is a voluntary initiative that focuses on peace education through art, training, theater, music and other activities.
 
 
 
NEW HORIZONS CC
 
Helping Muslims and Christians understand each other better in Egypt
 
“Our Purpose is to find new horizons for spreading the culture of peace among all religions, so people from different religions can live together in harmony.”
  
Action Areas Interfaith education, Youth
Traditions: Christianity, Islam, Bahaii
Number of Members: 7
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: April 2010
 
New Horizons was created as an independent group under the mother organization Development No Borders. The idea of creating this organization started after a series of informative sessions about religions in Egypt was held as a part of a course called Ambassador of Egypt. These sessions aim at helping Muslims and Christians understand each other better and live together peacefully. Members have organized informative sessions about religions as well as prayer meetings for peace in the world.
 
 
 
EGYPTIAN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION CC
 
Strengthening global civil society
 
"Our purpose is to further interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding in Egypt, and to create and develop new religious discourses on social, political, cultural, and economic problems."
 
Action Areas: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Orthodox, Coptic, Protestant, Roman Catholic
Number of Members: 10
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: May 2002
 
Egyptian Interfaith Association works to launch religiously motivated social action projects, created and maintained by religious people belonging to different traditions. They also offer conflict prevention and resolution initiatives in volatile areas where religious conflicts erupt through exploring and treating the underlying causes, so as to help prevent them in the future. Members also strive to stretch out their hands to the world to exchange ideas and experiences.
 
 
 
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CIRCLE
 
Working to be the difference we want to see in the world
 
“Our purpose is to encourage dialogue and support peace.”
 
Action Areas: Youth
Traditions: Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Sunni, Sufi
Number of Members: 8
Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Joined URI Network: October 2009
 
 
 
TOLERANCE CC
Using radio and digital media to promote a world where one is not judged by the color of the skin, or beliefs, or wealth, or where one is from, and the only bond we are sharing is our humanity
 
“Our purpose is to spread the ideas of tolerance and coexistence. We are trying to find common ground where people can meet so that they can work together for the sake of development and a better life.”
 
Action Areas: Civic Engagement, Interfaith Dialogue, Peace-Building, Media
Traditions: Islam, Christianity, Bahai
Sub-Traditions: Orthodox, Catholic
Number of Members: 8
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Joined URI Network: August 2009
 
Tolerance Cooperation Circle (CC) runs a blog that tackles the ideas of tolerance, freedom and critical thinking. Furthermore, Tolerance CC is leading workshops on peace building and visits poor areas.
We would like to share this wonderful quote of one of Tolerance CC’s members: “The most important lesson I have witness is that interfaith is a living experience, it is not a talk or a workshop, the more people share things and communicate the better they are.”