Globsol 2017 - unga som fredsbyggare

Talare

Maarit Feldt-Ranta

(Finland)

Maarit is a Finnish politician, representing the Social Democratic Party of Finland. She has represented the electoral district of Uusimaa in the Parliament of Finland since 2007. In 2017, she was elected as the vice-chair of the party. Maarit is one of the most popular FInnish politicians. 

Maarit is a board member at the Finnish Swedish Cultural Foundation. 

She is passionate about social justice and youth participation. 

 

Hussein Al Taee 

(Finland) 

Hussein works at the Finnish Peace Broker Crisis Manament Initiative as Project Manager for Middle East. 

He is a popular commentator and expert in Finnish. Hussein was born in Iraq but came to Finland as a refugee which for him is one of the reasons why he is working within peace medition. 

 

Achaleka Christian Leke

(Cameroon)

Achaleka is a youth civil society activist and peace advocate with over eight years of experience and a record of working with over one million young people in my execution/co-organisation of over 100 youth development and peace building projects.

Most recently he was named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2016, thanks to his contribution to peace and the fight against violent extremism.
He is  26 years old  and was born in Fiango Kumba, Cameroon, a town renowned for youth involvement in violence such as jungle justice, kidnapping, and other socio-cultural issues. He says himself that "even though I was a victim of radicalisation and violence, today I have transformed from an agent of violence to an ambassador of peace and change."


 

Noora Löfström 

(Finland)

Noora Löfström works as an expert of international affairs at Alianssi, the umbrella organization for youth organizations in Finland since 2016. Before that she worked in Brussels for four years, at the Erasmus Student Network and the office of the European Liberals.
Noore holds an MA in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles and has lived abroad for work, studies and family reasons for over 10 years in 7 different countries. She has  attended several leadership courses, danced and runned but right now she's trying to be inspired by yoga.bNoora was both moderator and facilitator at Globsol 2017!

Workshops

From war to lasting peace –
the role of girls and women

A workshop on the role of girls and women in the process from conflict to lasting peace. What is it like to be a girl or woman in conflict, why does the number of child marriages increase during conflict and what part does sexual violence play? In order to build lasting peace the voices and perspective of girls and women need to be included.

The world and the United Nations have developed tools such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security* to make sure that women’s perspective are accounted for and that they are included in all parts of peace building. We have the tools and knowledge to create peaceful and inclusive societies but we still need support from all the people around the world to get there – what will your role be?

Join us, discuss and broaden your perspective on these themes and get the concrete tools to make a change!

*Don’t worry if you have never heard about these – you will learn!

Facilitators: Linda Divkovic (SWE) and Noora Löfström (FIN) 

Noora Löfström

Noora Löfström works as an expert of international affairs at Alianssi, the umbrella organization for youth organizations in Finland since 2016. Before that she worked in Brussels for four years, at the Erasmus Student Network and the office of the European Liberals.

She enjoys volunteering and is a member of FutureLab Europe, a network for young ambitios Europeans who want to improve the society. She is also a part of the Advisory Board of the Brussels branch of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. 

Noore holds an MA in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles and has lived abroad for work, studies and family reasons for over 10 years in 7 different countries. She has  attended several leadership courses, danced and runned but right now she's trying to be inspired by yoga

Linda Divkovic

Linda works as Peace, Security and Disarmament Officer at the United Nations Association of Sweden. Her work description includes advocacy, information and education on the United Nations peace operations, mass atrocity prevention and human security in armed conflicts.

Related to these areas, Linda has a special focus on the United Nations Responsibility to Protect principle, Sweden’s troop contribution to the United Nations peace mission in Mali (Minusma), and girls in conflict. She is also involved in the advocacy work and awareness building of mine action and explosive remnants of war that the United Nations Association of Sweden conducts.

UNA Sweden is a member based civil society organization working for a better United Nations and a better world. Linda has previous experience from the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations and a Master in Political Science with a focus of International Cooperation and Conflict Management.

Peacework at grasroots

Facilitators: Rafi Farouq (SWE) and Miriam Attias (FIN) 

Miriam Attias

Miriam (M. Ed & M Soc Sc) is the leader of the Community Mediation Centre of the Finnish Refugee Council – that mediates conflicts in local communities and neighbourhoods. She is interested in the dynamics of polarisation and conflicts and in developing different ways to mediate and build peaceful local communities.

She believes that one of the most useful skills in today’s diverse society, is learning to disagree. Even if people disagree, and even if they have unsolvable issues related to their identities, beliefs and values, they can co-habite peacefully if they can solve everyday issues together. The thing that is needed is communication.

Rafi Rafouq

Rafi has worked with program and  project design within youth inclusion in over 50 projects. He has 16 years experience of youth leaving extremist movements.  

He has represented the Swedish government in the conference Call to Counter against violent extremism. 

Campaign Planning to Make the World Great Again

Get the tools you need to create the change that you want.  You will work on own campaign to push forward the issues you care about, craft a strategy on how to build power and create a mass campaign (don’t worry – you don’t need to come prepared). 

This workshop was for all participants. 

Facilitators: Oleg Izyumenko (SWE)  and Jonas Biström (FIN) 

Oleg Izyumenko

Since 2009 has Oleg been running a social enterprise that works to catalyse the development of a new generation of empowered young people that can take the lead in the transition to a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable society.

Oleg is passionate about mobilising private funding for community-based renewable energy projects (especially solar and wind), divesting financial resources from fossil fuel industries, and helping private households and rural communities in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia become self-sustained with modern and clean forms of energy.

Oleg has also worked as a campaigner and community organiser with 350.org where he helped to increase capacity of groups and civil society organisations in countries of the EECCA region.

Jonas Biström

Jonas Biström has been a climate activist for over ten years, specializing in campaigns and education. With Friends of the Earth Finland Jonas learned how a passionate group of people, can through well planned campaigning, change the climate politics in Finland.

Working for Ilmari-climate training for schools programme Jonas figured out ways to teach youth how to become active in society, and how to communicate climate issues in ways that engage people. Global structural problems need active citizens to solve them. At Finn Church Aid Jonas facilitates the youth network Changemaker, working on themes such as environment, peace and global economy.

Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together

What does radicalization actualy mean, and what causes it? Is radicalization a good or bad thing? How do we recognize it? When does radicalization lead to violence?

Radicalization is a big word that is familiar to many from images of terrorism and violent extremist movements in far-away places. Radicalization takes place everywhere and has taken many forms throughout history, also in our societies. Radicalization has been a force for positive change in societies but also been a driver for some of the darkest events in our history.
While radicalization into violent extremism is not confined to any age, sex, group or community, young people are particularly vulnerable to the messages of violent extremists and terrorist organizations.
We invite you to join us for a workshop where we explore different forms of radicalization and ways to recognize them.

If you want to learn more and discover ways to be an agent for positive change and prevent violent radicalization, join us.

Facilitators: Felix Unogwu (SWE) and Milla Perunkangas (FIN

Milla Perukangas

Milla  holds M.Soc.Sci in International Relations, Peace and Conflict studies. Currently she works with the programme design, coordination and facilitation of community engagement processes, inter-faith collaboration, and trust building between various religious communities and local and national authorities, NGOs and law enforcement in Finland. She coordinates two programmes that are part of Finland’s National Action Plan for Preventing Violent Radicalization and extremism. which are part of strategic partnership framework of Finn Church Aid and the Network with the Ministry of the Interior of Finland. The goal of the work is to develop inclusive and community-based solutions for preventing violent radicalization and extremism.

Milla has also worked for FCA and the Network in similar project with the Presidential office of Kenya, coordinating a dialogue process for Youth Dialogues with young people, authorities, local partners and communities affected by Al-Shabaab in coast areas of Kenya.

Felix Unogwu

Felix  is an expert in both preventing extremist groups from recruiting young people and to rehabilitate former child soldier.  With his own background as an immigrant and searching for an identity in a new country, he had learn much of the problems by own experience! Felix was born in central Nigeria, in the zone between the Muslims in the North and the Christians in the South, by a Catholic mother and Muslim father. He has a M.Sc in Political Science and an advanced degree in Conflict Resolution in University of Massachusetts, Boston. In the Boston, Felix worked with coalition of groups to help institute Universal Health Care, a process that required lobbying several state Senators and including the Governor of the State Mitt Romney. In Washington, DC Felix worked with several groups to analyze and influence policies concerning the use of child soldiers around the world.