Conflict, Violence and peace - concepts & definitions

Words Matter to Build Peace

There are many terms that get used when talking about conflict, violence, and peace. This video explores how young people and practitioners define these concepts, and why words matter when building peace.

Prepare for your discussion:

Look out for:

  • How do young people understand the terms violence and conflict?
  • How do practitioners differentiate between violence and conflict?
  • Various forms of violence
  • Various approaches to peace


  • What role does conflict play in your life?
  • What identities influence your experiences and opinions of conflict, violence, and peace? How might they differ from your peers?
  • Is conflict inevitable? Is violence inevitable? Why or why not?
  • What would a future look like in your society if there was “positive peace,” i.e. peace that is beyond just the absence of tension?