Sunday, October 4, 2015

Humphrey Fellow Ben Said attends Global Youth Summit


2015-16 Humphrey International Fulbright Fellow Ikram Ben Said attended the CVE conference, organized by the CVE project (a think-tank), the State Department and Search for Common Ground.

The GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT AGAINST VIOLENT EXTREMISM is a conference where the Young peacebuilders from all over the world are coming to New York with one goal – creating an Action Agenda that will redefine the role of youth as partners in preventing violent extremism. In one of the first gatherings of this kind, more than 60 youth-oriented leaders and organizations from approximately 45 countries are coming together to share their experiences in building resilience to violent extremism in their communities. Youth experts will draft the Summit’s Youth Action Agenda, a historic document that was articulated what young people know about violent extremism, what they decided to do in their communities to prevent it and a call to action for governments, NGOs, and policymakers to seize this moment and engage youth as partners against violent conflict and violent extremism.

Here is a video where President Barack Obama talks about the Action Agenda presented by youth. https://www.facebook.com/sfcg.org/videos/10154251335970616/?pnref=story

See also the article in The Guardian about the conference (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/30/youth-leaders-violent-extremism-global-youth-summit)

From Ms. Ben Said: "it was a good opportunity to hear different perspectives. I joined this conference because I am very interested in joining the global conversation by presenting a paper/ an article about women’s role in countering ISIS."
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