The Weekly Shot: World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017

23 January 2017, 1:32 AM
InterAction WIHW 2017 collage

February 1-7 of each year has been designated World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) by the United Nations. It was launched in February 2011 to promote harmony among people of different faiths at a time when interreligious conflict is claiming lives and livelihoods all over the world. The URI community celebrates this week every year with events honoring interfaith harmony in 97 countries and counting.

WIHW celebrations can take many forms. Some organizations draw together hundreds of people for massive marches for peace, while other celebrations involve just a few people volunteering at a homeless shelter or gathering guests of different faiths to share a drink of tea.

See a full listing of all URI 2017 celebrations in our InterAction newsletter.


Here are some examples of ways the URI global community celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017:

  • URI Sri Lanka Celebrates World Interfaith Harmony (URI Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka)
  • Lower Shire Interfaith Initiative: Our Harmony Week Activities (Lower Shire Interfaith Initiative, Malawi)
  • Women’s Interfaith Harmony Gathering for World lnterfaith Harmony Week (Trust WIN, Mada CC, and Women Reborn CC,Israel  and Palestine)
  • Supporting Orphans and the Elderly for World Interfaith Harmony Week (Nasolo Cooperation Circle, Malawi)
  • Discussion meeting and award-giving ceremony (Inter Religion Harmony Society (IRHS) Cooperation Circle, Bangaladesh)
  • Celebrating the Environment for World Interfaith Harmony Week (Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management, Cambodia)
  • UNIVERSAL Interfaith Peace Mission’s Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 celebration programs (MCC Islamabad, Pakistan)
  • Campinas Celebrates Peace and Harmony (Campinas CC, Brazil)
Cooperation Circles Involved

Seeds of Peace CC

“Our purpose is to promote harmonious coexistence among religions and to work for international peace, harmony and cooperation.”

Trust WIN

“Our purpose is to build trust and understanding among Israeli and Palestinian women - Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- through meeting in each others’ homes, visiting each others communities and performing service projects together, visiting each other's holy places.”

MADA (Horizon) CC

"Our purpose is for women to bring their hearts together, to create peace locally within our community and our religions, to strengthen women religiously and to create cooperation among the religions in our local community."