Youth Peace Talks

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30 minute conversations with young inspiring peacebuilders.

Tackling Hate Speech with Lejla

In the context of the season on language in peacebuilding, we had a conversation with Lejla from Youth for Peace who is working on a campaign to tackle hate speech and offers practical, implementable advice on how to respond to hate speech. ALTer Hate is a campaign that aims to counter hate speech through activities of education, sensitisation, and advocating the acceptance of diversity and inclusion through counter and alternative narratives. Find the campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

Language in Peacebuilding: a conversation with Lyra & Laila

Welcome to the second season of Youth Peace Talks! To start off the discussion on the topic of language in peacebuilding, we invited our colleague Joep to have a conversation with two alumni from YPI’s Young Leadership Experience: Lyra and Laila. In this episode, Lyra and Laila share their personal experiences relating to language as a divider in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but they also explore the potential of language as a connector and a bridge between people. Language is an incredibly powerful tool, and if used correctly, it can be the key to understanding one another and constructively building peace. Enjoy the episode!

Peace Psychology with Ufra Mir

For the last episode of the first season of our podcast, we celebrate Women’s Day with an incredible peace builder based in Kashmir: Ufra is a professional peace psychologist, working full-time in Myanmar and keeping herself busy in her free time with her nonprofit in Kashmir, Paigaam. Building peace from the ground-up, she has an eclectic approach to her work in which she combines spiritual, mental, physical and other kinds of well-being, and uses art as a medium for exploring inner peace. Enjoy listening to this inspiring episode, and make sure you go follow Ufra Mir on Instagram!

MIYERLANDY: implementation of the Colombian Peace Accord

In this fourth episode, Miyerlandy shares with us about her peacebuilding work, focusing mainly on her position within the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in which she monitors the implementation of point 2 (political participation) of the Colombian Peace Accord. This episode might give you inspiration and insight into what it is like to work in peacebuilding on a national level, especially with regards to building and maintaining sustainable peace for all in the context of a long-standing armed conflict. We hope you enjoy it!

YOUTH PEACE INITIATIVE: creating an NGO with Thed

Want to find out more about how the Youth Peace Initiative was founded?

Are you curious about the ins and outs of founding an NGO?

Thed, the chair and co-founder of the Youth Peace Initiative, shares the story behind our organisation, and gives tips on creating an NGO. We had a great time recording this episode, and we hope you enjoy it!

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YOUTH FOR PEACE with Emina and Fatma

Our second Youth Peace Talks episode features Emina and Fatma from Youth For Peace – an organisation based in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose aim is to build a society of sustainable coexistence among people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Listening to Emina and Fatma talk about what they are most passionate about is inspiring and motivating to join the peacebuilding movement – give the episode a listen by clicking here!

To find out more about Youth For Peace and follow what they are working on, find their videos on their youtube channel, as well as regular updates on their facebook and instagram pages.

NEVENA: reconciliation and peace journalism

We are so excited to finally present to you our very first podcast episode! We could not have chosen a better guest for this first episode; Nevena Radosavljevic is a young peace practitioner and PHD student who is passionate about the intersection between peacebuilding and journalism. She is an eloquent speaker who gave us a lot of insight into what reconciliation means, what peace journalism is, and how she came about this particular career. Please give this episode a listen, it is definitely worth it!

Throughout the episode, Nevena refers to the infographics she made to illustrate her presentation. They appear in this order:

This infographic represents the different aspects of reconciliation. Peace, justice, mercy and truth are all part of the same flower as they are all necessary components of a successful reconciliation.

In order to make the process of reconciliation a more easily understandable one to people who have not experienced conflict, Nevena uses the example of reconciling a broken couple. This infographic represents the different steps in this reconciliation process.

Finally, this table shows the difference between peace journalism and war journalism.

If you are as interested in this topic as we are, Nevena suggested a few readings to go deeper into this material:

  • John Paul Lederach – Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies
  • John Paul Lederach – The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
  • Johan Galtung – Peace by Peaceful Means
  • Jesse Benn –  From passive to active: The spectrum of peace journalism

Thank you so much again to Nevena Radosavljevic for an insightful conversation – we are inspired by your work and dedication! And to our listeners, make sure you follow our podcast for future episodes…

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