The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is organizing its first iTAGe event, “Talking Across Generations on the State of Preventing Violent Extremism in South Asia”, on 18 June 2021, in collaboration with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and UNESCO’s New Delhi Cluster Office, within the framework of #YouthWagingPeace: A Whole Community Approach to the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education.
iTAGe is a youth-driven high-level intergenerational dialogue between six youth leaders and three senior officials/experts working in the field of PVE, preceded by a survey, social media conversations, and focus group discussions, aiming to include and amplify youth voices in the prevention of violent extremism in the region.
The input collected from the survey, social media conversations, focus group discussions, and the event itself will be incorporated into the Youth-led Report on the State of PVE in South Asia as youth-centered actionable recommendations for policymakers. The report will combine the latest research on preventative efforts with uncensored youth case studies to provide fresh and robust perspectives for policymakers and a youth-centered overview of violent extremism in South Asia.
Youth who wish to participate in the iTAGe event must:
- Be between 18 and 35 years old.
- Be nationals from or currently living in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka.
- Wish to contribute to the advancement of peace education and the inclusion of youth voices in policymaking to prevent violent extremism in South Asia.
- Respond to the State of PVE in South Asia survey before 5 July 2021, 11:59 PM EDT.
A total of 30 participants will be selected and invited to participate in a Focus Group Discussion on 9 July 2021. Then, a shortlist of six participants will be invited to participate in the final iTAGe event on 20 July 2021, along with senior officials. The working language of the event is English.