On the 13th & 14th of May, 2014 we got the privilege to get to know 14 young and promising women’s rights activists from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Iraqi Kurdistan. They all came to the beautiful city of Amman to participate in the last regional conference of the Young Women’s Peace Activism Initiative, launched in Alexandria in 2012.
We have always felt that young women’s voices are nearly absent in the debate on peace and social change. It is true that social media has given them space and tools to voice opinions and an outlet for engaging them virtually but their voices and opinions rarely make it to the traditional media outlet, public discourse or political forums. So the idea behind organizing this initiative was to broaden the base of young women advocating for women’s human rights, peace and social change in the Middle East and contribute to creating a second generation of women’s rights and peace activists.