In April 2021, UNESCO GCC and Yemen office and RNW Media launched a second open call inviting young Yemenis to submit “solutions” to achieving peace in their country. Among the several submissions for this call, 7 promising initiatives have been selected and supported to further develop their ideas. These projects, referred to as “My Solution” are developed by the youth for the youth across Yemen and led by socially active young people from the civil society.
Among the selected participants is the Peace Journalism initiative, a platform and recently registered NGO led by young Yemeni journalists, aiming to enhance credible and ethical peace reporting according to high journalism standards. Part of their efforts to empower journalists, youth, women and minorities, the initiative regularly organizes workshops that discuss a range of topics related to peacebuilding and achieving social cohesion. The Peace Journalism initiative perceived their participation in “My Solution” as an opportunity to reach a large number of youth and enhance their awareness on peacebuilding matters such as the role of the United Nations Special Envoy in peace mediation, and the United Nations Resolutions 1325 and 2250 related to the role of women and youth in peace and security.
The project entitled “Peace Lounge”, included discussion sessions, attended by 24 young women and men activists, during which peacebuilding experts presented their experiences and knowledge on peace related matters emphasizing on the importance of including the youth and women in the upcoming peace negotiations.