Meet the youth fighting for peace in Iraq
FBA’s peacebuilding programme in Iraq was inaugurated at the end of September. A total of 23 young men and women, selected on the basis of their engagement in various peace organizations in Iraq, gathered in Baghdad for the first week-long training session. The focus of the training was dialogue and mediation as tools for peacebuilding.
– The participants are between 18 and approximately 30 years old. A large part of the Iraqi population is within this age bracket, but young people in Iraq have little political influence. One purpose of FBA’s peacebuilding programme is to create a platform for young Iraqis to make their voices heard, and to strengthen their capacity to participate in efforts for a peaceful development in the country, said Taleb Sobeh, project manager for FBA’s work in Iraq, at the time.
Right now, in the beginning of December, the second training session is being held in the city of Erbil in northern Iraq, with a focus on gender equality and women’s participation in the work for peace and security.
We have spoken to three of the participants. To read the whole interview, click on the name of the person you wish to find out more about.
29 years old
Involved with Y-Peer Iraq
28 years old
Founder of The Yazidi Organization for Documentation
31 years old
Working for the Prosperity Maker For Women Empowerment Company