Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

3rd National Youth Forum on Peacebuilding, Interfaith Harmony concludes

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ISLAMABAD: The need for interfaith harmony for peaceful Pakistan by raising the level of acceptability towards other cultures and faiths was emphasized on the third national youth week organized by Youth Advocacy Network (YAN) a national level, youth led, volunteer based organization, made and run by the young people.

A series of youth forums were organized in all the provincial capitals, in connection with 3rd National Youth Advocacy Network.

The National youth Forum was organized in Islamabad to highlight the importance of building youth’s capacity on intercultural dialogue, human rights with special emphasis of sexual and peace. The forum served as a platform for the young people to express their views on the issues. The message on early marriages was also addressed by a group of youngsters through performing arts.

Mr. Fasahat Ul Hassan, Chairperson Youth Advocacy Network (YAN) while giving the welcome note, briefed the participants about the YAN national and international interventions. Mr. Muhamad Shakir, General Secretary shared about the peace initiative of YAN named “Talab-e-Aman”, its scope, activates, importance and impact on peace building and intercultural and interfaith harmony on professional and educational skills of the students.

Among the guest speakers included Rana Javed Ather from House Denmark), Ms. Rukhsana from Pathfinders and Dr. Shafqat from ministry of health. All of them stressed the importance of right to information and education, intercultural dialogue, peace and capacity building of young people in Pakistan.

Representatives from planning division, Rutgers WPF, Human Rights activists, and different universities from Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore ad Islamabad/Rawalpindi also participated in the event.

Shahzad Malik, Chief Planning Division also participated as chief guest. He appreciated the efforts of YAN in playing a vital role of preaching human rights and peace among young people. He further said that YAN is playing a significant role is raising issues surrounding young people in Pakistan society and for the meaningful participation of young people at policy level.

A youth declaration was presented to the Chief Planning Division by the representatives of all 5 universities. A small award giving ceremony was also the part of the forum, in which award were distributed among the students and team members.

Awais Awan, on behalf of YAN concluded the ceremony by thanking the participants as well as by acknowledging the efforts of his team and other stakeholders for providing YAN support in organizing this successful national youth week.
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