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Youth-led activism for Women Peace and Security: looking for a paradigm shift

Cordaid, the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) and UNOY Peacebuilders are pleased to invite you for an interesting online side event on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on the 19th of October 2020, 3.00 PM (CET), 9.00 (EST).

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Please note that if you do not have a Zoom account linked to your email, you will be guided through the registration process for Zoom.

In this side event, we engage with young male and female activists on the intersection of the two groundbreaking resolutions on inclusive peacebuilding: UNSCR 1325 (2000) and 2250 (2015).

Together with youth activists from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, we discuss the importance for a gender-responsive approach towards peacebuilding and the interlinkage between Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agenda. The youth leaders will share inspiring stories and examples of their work as bridge builders and explain how these agenda can mutually reinforce each other.

Speakers at the side event:

Aisha Altubuly (23) is a coordinator and project manager-assistant at the organization Together We Build It (TWBI), based in Tripoli, Libya. She has been working on women’s issues since she was 15 years old. Through her work, she has developed the capacity of youth stakeholders to speak up and address issues in order for women and youth to be empowered to take active roles in decision-making processes within the framework of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 2250. She took the lead on many projects that raise awareness on GBV as well as advocating for women’s political participation in Libya. She is currently studying Political Science with a specialization in International Relations at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is also a member of the UN Women Youth Gender Innovative Agora. TWBI is the main partner in the Cordaid Libya program ‘Women and Youth as Bridge builders’ supported under the Dutch NAP 1325.

Sofia Ramyar is the former executive director of ‘Afghans for Progressive Thinking’ (APT), the largest youth-led professional organization in Afghanistan. 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 which was adopted in 2015. Sofia Ramyar has spoken at the UN Security Council before on Youth, Peace and Security about the role of youth in promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Ramyar initiated the annual Afghan Youth Representative to the UN program and co-founded a school for internally displaced children in Afghanistan in 2018. She recently published an article about the role of “Victims of War in the Afghan Peace Process” in Kabul. Currently, Ms. Ramyar is pursuing her master’s degree in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in California, USA. APT is part of the CSPPS and UNOY network, and working together with Cordaid on the global advocacy on Youth, Peace and Security.

Firyal Majdi is the project coordinator for peacebuilding projects at the Youth Without Borders Organization for Development (YWBOD), based in Yemen. She has also worked as an executive manager for the Yemen Peace School Organization (YPS). She is a gender trainer and founder of several initiatives that promote coexistence and community peace. She has been an activist for peacebuilding since 2015 and she has managed advocacy campaigns related to 1325. She is also a podcaster, where she discusses women and life-development issues. YWBOD is a member of the CSPPS and the UNOY YGDCP network.

Fryad Fouad Hama (28) is a young Iraqi activist working with the Kurdistan Relief Association (KRA) in Kirkuk. Since 2018, Firyad and other youth members active with KRA joined Cordaid’s #YouthSpeak program, which brings young people from Ninewa, Kirkuk and Erbil together to enhance community security. The main focus of his work in this program is to build bridges between polarized communities, old and young people, between different religions and different genders. Together with his peer youth colleagues, he is involved in community projects where they amongst other raise awareness on the issue of sexual harassment and promote gender equality. Through several activities, they targeted 5.000 community members from all segments; university students, local policymakers, religious leaders, etc.

Final reflections and co-moderations from Mert Kumru (23) who is one of the two current Dutch youth-representatives on Human Rights and Security to the UN. He got elected in 2019 by the Dutch youth to represent all of them on the local and world stage. Together with his colleague Hajar Yagkoubi, he attends international conferences, negotiations and other high-level fora in order to provide a different younger perspective on ongoing matters. But besides attending the conference the work of a youth-representative mainly focusses on direct dialogues with their own generation. For the upcoming 2 years, he’ll be working on numerous topics and issues which are related to the youth.

We look forward to meeting you on the 19th of October for an interactive and lively panel discussion.

Feel free to reach out to [email protected] in case you have any questions.