Peace It Together NEWS • Promotion of good cooperation with The Monthly Newsletter of UNOY Peacebuilders international youth structures and other Number 57 – January 2010 organizations abroad; • Involving young people in voluntary work on SUMMARY the national and international level; 1. Message from the Editor • Involving young people in regional social and 2. Member of the Month ecological projects; 3. Campaign News 4. Network News • Enlarging participation of youth in international 5. Highlighted Resources events and developing collaboration between 6. Opportunities and Events young people from Azerbaijan with their peers worldwide. 1. MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR Main Activities Dear friends, • Conflict solution and peace building; UNOY Peacebuilders wishes everyone a happy new year, • NGO/Civil society and community we look forward to lots of good work in 2010. building/development; • Youth development, capacity building, This month we feature the first of several new members apprenticeship and business education; to our network, and will feature the rest in the coming • Advocacy, active citizenship, youth exchange months. The International Secretariat began the year and voluntarism; productively with a week long meeting of the ISG, and we • Art and culture; are pleased to see that many of our members also started • Human rights education and promotion; the year with a jump start. • Healthy life style (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria); Peaceful regards, • Environment and biodiversity education. Lee Bremner, Editor Opportunities for Youth 2. MEMBER OF THE MONTH Azerbaijan Tafakkur Youth Association • Participation in local, national and international Azerbaijan Tafakkur Youth Association (ATYA) is a trainings, seminars and round-tables; national youth NGO working towards building civil • Capacity building and apprenticeships courses; society in Azerbaijan. • Legal and social services; • Libraries and resource centers; ATYA has no commercial, political or religious • Research and surveys; association and is a private institution established on • Teach non-formal and interactive education the bases of community of interests of the Republic methods; of Azerbaijan, voluntaries, member’s rights equality, • Preparation of educational and promotional self-governance by the initiative of several physical publications; persons joined on common interest’s basis. • Charitable activity and aid programs; Activities of the Association involve all territories of the country. • Providing rational leisure times, entertaining parties and healthy life style; Main Goal • Youth exchange and voluntarism; The main purpose of ATYA is to enlighten people, • National, regional and international especially youth, on the social, scientific-cultural, acquaintance and experience. and legal spheres, in order to develop thinking and to strengthen their role in the building of civil 3. CAMPAIGN NEWS society. 3.1 International Steering Group Meeting by Fiona Burgess Objectives To jump start the new year, the International Steering • Encouraging active participation of young Group of UNOY Peacebuilders convened in The people in the building of civil society; Hague from 22-30 January. The ISG, along with many other UNOY stakeholders, discussed the future • Solutions to the social-economical problems of development, themes and objectives of UNOY young people and the protection of their rights; Peacebuilders. The ISG consists of representatives of all • Supporting young people to develop their the regions where UNOY has members. They are knowledge and young people who work closely with UNOY to put gain necessary forward the issues in their regions. Each representative professional presented a full report on the members in their region, skills to help their aims for the next years ahead, and the challenges them get young people face there. A recent external evaluation of employment; UNOY activities was also used to present a full understanding of the complex world we live in, which stakeholder’s analysis. The week was very productive enables youth to find solutions and a positive way and inspiring. forward in life. These medical students in Somalia took a brave decision, to take up responsibility and give to 3.2 Discussion about Youth Needs and Problems their society as doctors. Sadly, it takes just seconds for in Mexico and the Netherlands by Adriana Salazar violence to destroy what takes years to build up, such as On 8 December UNOY Peacebuilders hosted a phone the training of doctors, and the consequences are felt conference among youth promoters from Dinamismo for years, in this case lack of health care for all those in Juvenil (Mexico City), students from the University of need in Somalia. Puebla (Mexico) and young leaders from different youth organisations in The Hague. The event took place The talk was followed by short presentations by the during the Stichting Lancelot project Think Global Act director of HIRDA and the student’s organisation for Local, about Youth Rights worldwide. Somali Youth in the Netherlands about the work they do. After 1 minute of silence to respect the victims of The exchange allowed participants to learn more about the violence in Somalia, a discussion unravelled with the life in their communities. Youth promoters from Somali Diaspora community that was present about the UNOY and Dinamismo Juvenil explained to their peers work of UNOY Peacebuilders and HIRDA. how violence affected the lives of children and young people, and the way they tackle it through different HIRDA is a Dutch Foundation run by members of the activities, sports being the most popular. They Somalia Diaspora community promoting and emphasized the importance of being heard and being supporting education projects in Somalia. respected as a fully human being. A representative from the Mobile City Youth Team (Zebra Welzijn) also 3.4 Who Joined Us and Who Left? shared with the group some of the troubles youth are Lee Bremner and Katherine Gottwald both finished their facing in the Netherlands, such as homelessness and internships with UNOY Peacebuilders at the end of this social exclusion. The Hague Youth Ambassador, Rizlen month. We wish them both luck for their future Ebnoulfakir, talked about her role as adviser to the endeavours! Dutch government, bringing views and complaints of young people to their attention. 4. NETWORK NEWS 4.1 Center of Youth Development by Escuelas De Students from the Paz University of Puebla Columbian member of UNOY Peacebuilders, Escuelas highlighted that one De Paz, is implementing a project that hopes to reach of the main reasons 360 young people from Altos de Cazuca, a run-down why there is not full area of Soacha, Bogota. enjoyment of human rights in The current public policy for youth in Soacha aims to Mexico is because enhance dynamics within the family and school; protect the corruption youth rights; raise awareness; and promote respectful present at all relations among individuals and their surroundings; and political levels hinders development, and prevents full recognise, strengthen and integrate cultural identities. respect not just for children, but for all human beings. Taking this into account, Escuelas de Paz, supported by One conclusion was that despite the harshness of the UNICEF, the Canandian International Development living conditions in Mexico, youth everywhere are Agency and the Secretary of Social Development and facing different problems that affect them in some way the youth management of the City Council of Soacha, or another. The Dutch participants presented their looks forward to strengthening the Center of Youth insights before enthusiastic youth at a feast organised by Development, which runs three main programmes: Stichting Lancelot and UNOY Peacebuilders. 1. Non-formal educational program, including cultural expression (e.g. painting, 3.3 Lecture to Commemorate the Student Victims photography), sports, environmental management, of Bombing Attack in Mogadishu by Menno Ettema human rights, culture of peace and IT for development. On 19 December the International Coordinator of 2. Social network of youth support, aiming UNOY Peacebuilders was invited to speak at a small to involve all governmental entities, educational gathering organised by the Foundation HIRDA to institutions and social organisations working with commemorate victims of the bombing attack at the youth, as well as medical students’ graduation ceremony in Mogadishu, providers of public Somalia, earlier that month. services, community leaders and youth in He emphasised that education for young people is general, in the social about the skill of learning, reflecting and analysing the network that will world around you. With knowledge comes make possible the creation of a comprehensive model where they can have world and aims to raise awareness about gender inequality a voice in the public policy of the municipality. and encourage young people to take practical action. 3. Friendly services for adolescents and Editor and co-ordinator for the toolkit, Lydia Morgan, youth, which expects to achieve a specialised approach was a participant at our gender study session in Budapest in health services, legal counselling and quality in last year. The toolkit can be downloaded from education through articulating these important services http://peacechildinternational.ning.com/group/genderpr for youth in a friendly manner. oject The Center of Youth Development, more than a 6. OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS project, aims to become a true agent for human 6.1 Peacebuilding Practioners Training development. The purpose is to create a friendly space A peacebuilding training will be held in Nairobi in where youth feel comfortable enough to express February, organised by COPA. For more information, themselves, and the Center expects that some of their email email@example.com or visit www.copafrica.org. trainees will be linked with some profitable activity by the middle of the year. 6.2 End-of-Decade Report from the Civil Society Please remember to fill in the questionnaire for the End 4.2 Member Wins Film Award by Lee Bremner of Decade Report! You can enter information directly Congratulations to the Arab Educational Institute, a on the website http://decade-culture-of-peace.org Palestinian Member, on their prize winning short film which will require you to register and wait for an email ‘Warde’. Twelve Palestinian children made the film, within a day telling you how to enter data in the which won the 9-12 age category of the PLURAL + questionnaire. Alternatively you can send it by email. Youth Video Festival. The film reinvents the story of Contact details can be found here: http://decade- Little Red Riding Hood to explain how young people culture-of-peace.org/contactus.html. The deadline for perceive restrictions of movement in the Occupied submitting your contribution is 31 January 2010. Palestinian Territories. 6.3 United Nations International Year of Youth 4.3 Overcoming Violence: Exploring Masculinities, The United Nations has declared 12 August 2010 – 11 Violence and Peace by Ilot Muthaka, PerexC August 2011 as International Year of Youth: Dialogue In December 2009 PerexC was represented at the and Mutual Understanding. UNOY Peacebuilders is Training of Trainers organised by the International very excited by the opportunities for those working in Fellowship of Reconciliation in Egmond Aan Zee the area of youth and peacebuilding, and we encourage through its Women Peace makers Program. everyone to get involved. More information will be posted on the United Nations youth website, The first part of the ToT focused on gender-sensitive http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/index.html. active non-violence, the theory of masculinities and its SUPPORT UNOY PEACEBUILDERS relation to violence, and participatory and gender- UNOY Peacebuilders needs your help to develop and grow in outreach and sensitive facilitation. 19 pioneering activist men, from strength, either in terms of finances, materials or work. Your donation of any size 17 different countries attended. will be used to train and enhance the capacity of young people to engage effectively in building peace. You can financially contribute by making a deposit in our bank account: It is increasingly recognized that issues of masculinities ABN-AMRO Bank; ACCOUNT: 55 40 70 294; IBAN: need to be addressed in the field of peacebuilding and NL91ABNA0554070294; BIC: ABNANL2A active nonviolence. WPP is convinced that in order to TO SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE: Send an email with transform cultures of war and violence, women peace “subscribe”/“unsubscribe” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org activists need to work together with male. The rich Editor: Lee Bremner, United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Laan van exchange of strategies and cultural practices related to Meerdervoort 70, 2517 AN The Hague, The Netherlands Tel: +31 70 364 7799; Fax: +31 70 362 2633; E-mail: email@example.com peace building, active nonviolence and issues related to masculinities and femininities was an empowering DISCLAIMER: Please note that the statements and opinions expressed experience. WPP will work with participants while they in this newsletter, although edited, are those of the authors and not necessarily the official standpoint of UNOY Peacebuilders or of the prepare their community projects and follow-up editor. trainings in their home context, which includes working together with female allies for gender-sensitive active This newsletter and the work of UNOY Peacebuilders nonviolent peace building. Participants will then attend is made possible with the support of: a second ToT to exchange knowledge and experiences, and consolidate the learning into a training manual. 5. HIGHLIGHTED RESOURCES 5.1 Gender Journey: A Youth Empowerment Toolkit Peace Child has written an informative and Please note: practical guide for young people to help This project has been funded with support from the European them learn about gender. The simple and Commission. This publication /communication reflects the views only of accessible toolkit was produced in the author, and the donors cannot be held responsible for any use which collaboration with young people around the may be made of the information contained therein.
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