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Youth Leaders, Powerful actors of Change

Datum: 10-12-2019
Tijd: 14:30 - 17:30
Locatie: Raadszaal, the Hague City Hall

Organized by Cordaid and The Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

All over the world, young people are challenging traditional power structures. They advocate for a new social contract between state and society. If established powers keep refusing to tackle injustice and inequality, young people revolt. Time and again, they prove to be powerful challengers of the status quo and inventive actors of change. 

On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the UN resolution 2250 and on international human rights day, we invite policy decision makers, practitioners and representatives of organizations working with young people for an expert meeting to engage with courageous youth leaders and to: 
  • Receive contextual updates on the current conflict situation in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq through the perspectives of young peace builders; 
  • Discuss the kind of challenges young people face in their peace building work; 
  • Discuss how policy decision makers and international organizations working with youth can support and include young people to increase the impact of their work. 
Sofia Ramyar leads the largest youth-led and youth-focused professional organization in Afghanistan, Afghans for Progressive Thinking. Ramyar has engaged to further the goals of the UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and she lobbied for the UN Security Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security until it was passed in 2015. 
Asma Khalifa is a  Libyan activist and researcher. She has been working in civil society on human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment since 2011.  Asma is the co-founder of Tamazight Women Movement, a think/do tank that is working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa. Tamazight Women Movement is one of the Libyan main partners in the Dutch NAP 1325 program. 
Nazar Jamil is working with Cordaid together on youth leadership programs in Mosul, Kirkuk and Erbil. He is specialized in conducting researches in the field of social sciences with focus on Iraq and Syria. He is the author of the chapter "Reconciling identity groups in Iraq” in the handbook  of transitional justice and peace building in turbulent regions.
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