NEWS: The Forgiveness Project awarded peace partner status by the Charter for Compassion


As The Forgiveness Project gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we are excited to reveal that the charity has been welcomed as a ‘Peace Partner’ by the Charter for Compassion.

Started by Karen Armstrong in 2009, a year after she won the TED Prize, the Charter advocates a united approach to restoring both compassionate thinking and action to the centre of religious, moral and political life.

The Charter was born from Karen Armstrong’s conviction that the only way to achieve a peaceful, just and sustainable world is to implement the Golden Rule, treating all people – whatever their ethnicity or ideology – as we would wish to be treated ourselves. It was then written with the help of leading thinkers from six of the major religions as a call to action to make a positive impact in the world.

Marina Cantacuzino, the founder of The Forgiveness Project, said: “We have always applauded the Charter for Compassion’s ambition to unite and inspire people around the world and are delighted to have been chosen as a partner.  We know from our own experience within the Criminal Justice system that helping develop empathy and supporting people in building positive relationships can have a powerful impact.  In all of our work we celebrate the importance of compassion when exploring ideas around forgiveness.”

Speaking about the practicalities of compassion, Karen Armstrong has said: “Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories. If we want to create a viable, peaceful world, we’ve got to integrate compassion into the gritty realities of 21st century life. Let’s use our stories to encourage listening to one another and to hear not just the good news, but also the pain that lies at the back of a lot of people’s stories and histories.”

Nearly 105,000 people have already signed the Charter for Compassion including leading thinkers. If you would like to lend your personal support to the Charter’s ethics by signing it, please visit 

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