Partners and leaders to build a peaceful, sustainable future Iraq

Salah al-Din, 21 December 2019 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in cooperation with the national Committee for Coexistence and Societal Peace and the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, organized a workshop in Salah al-Din governorate from 19 to 21 December for a group of Iraqi youth under the ongoing project “Iraqi Youth: Pioneers for Dialogue and Stability”.

Ten young women and seventeen young men from all parts of the governorate gathered to discuss how youth can promote peace and progress in their communities. Expressing their sense of disempowerment and exclusion, they highlighted their desire for more active youth involvement in decision-making processes, the empowerment of women, reintegration of marginalised or stigmatised communities, and greater youth employment.

Participants agreed that dialogue is an effective tool in finding common interests and concerns among youth. At the same time, they rejected extremism, discrimination and negative stereotypes that provoked so much suffering in this country.

The meeting was joined on the final day by UN Deputy Special Representative for Iraq Ms. Alice Walpole, Mr. Ammar Hikmat al Baldawi (Second Deputy Governor of Salah al-Din) and Mr. Mohammed Kareem, MP from the State of Law coalition, who debated with the youth participants on topics of interest in an open and frank way.

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