The African Youth Movement is a partner of Africa Peace Summit that was held from 17-19 October 2016, at Kenyatta University, under the theme: “Nurturing a culture of peace” and brought together over 150 youths across Africa to discuss issues of peace from a multi-faceted perspective.
As key partners of the summit, the African Youth Movement had 9 AYMers present and hosted a side event on the theme “The Role of the Media in Peacebuilding”. With over 30 participants at our side event, we discussed media’s role in peacebuilding from 4 sub-themes divided into groups which included:
AYMer Henry Molinge from Cameroon opened the side event with a session on inner peace and meditation to focus and clear the mind, after which AYMer Finland Benard from Tanzania took to the stage with introduction to the African Youth Movement (our goals, mission, membership, committees and impact across Africa and the diaspora).
AYMer Daniel Nwaeze from Nigeria, accordingly facilitated the workshop on the role of youth and media in peacebuilding, guiding participants into discussing and developing action plans along the sub-themes.
In the discussion, the social and political movement group facilitated by Lebo Shikwambe, from South Africa a Vox News presenter and key member of the #FeesMustFall movement. The group discussed concepts of changing the narratives on how youth movements are portrayed on the media and decided to develop a video campaign with AYM media team to promote a new narrative.
The governance and elections group was facilitated by AYM Chairwoman Aya Chebbi from Tunisia. The group discussed the challenge of electoral violence across Africa and the role of youth in monitoring elections, raising awareness and changing the narrative.
The countering violent extremism group facilitated by Daniel Nwaeze from Nigeria developed concepts to change media narratives of countering violent extremism . The outcome is a partnership between AYM and Global Unites (a youth-led peacebuilding organization).
The gender based violence group facilitated by AYM Committee on Education Chairwoman Aminata Siahoue from Cote D’Ivoire; discussed gender representation in reporting, especially during conflicts and how important is to create awareness on gender based violence.
In all, our goal was to expose participants to basic action steps they can individually and collectively take in their various communities across Africa using media tools available to them in stopping the increasing rate of violence as well as using our networks to develop projects in countering extremism, building peace and influencing how media tells Africa’s story. We are firmly convinced that the youth are agents of peace not perpetrators of violence and are key players in peace processes as recognized by the UNSCR 2250 and the AU Agenda2063.
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AYM also participated in the opening plenary session that set the tone for the summit key conversations under the theme ” Nurturing A Culture of Peace within the Youth” with other speakers that you can check at Africa Peace Summit Website