Youth Lab: Empowering Youth through Intersectional Conflict Mediation with a Focus on Religion:
October 28 – November 4, 2023 in Osnabrück, Germany
In commemoration of the 375th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia in Osnabrück, the Youth Lab 2023, which will be hosted by GDL members Elsa Marie D’Silva, Nurana Mammadova, Theresa Carrington, Ghada Zribi and Fabrice Muchiga, aims to amplify the voices of young people and offer them a platform for constructive dialogue.
Our world faces a myriad of challenges that demand innovative solutions: hybrid warfare, democratic deficiencies, religious conflicts, mass migration, territorial divisions, and the pressing climate crisis, among others. These issues have already profoundly affected countless individuals across the globe.
Within the framework of this anniversary year, the focus of the Lab is on fostering spaces of encounter, with a special emphasis on the perspectives of young people. How might young people tackle present-day conflicts? What innovative strategies can the conceive? And how can a more peaceful future be collectively shaped?
The 2023 Youth Lab explores the vital role religions play in intersectional conflict mediation. By emphasizing this aspect, the aim is to delve deeper into the complex dynamics of religious conflicts and explore avenues for peaceful resolutions. This unique projects brings together young people from around the world alongside subject matter experts and acknowledges and values young participants as experts whose insights and ideas deserve to be heard and respected. Moreover, it is anticipated that the Youth Lab will forge new networks that will have a lasting impact on future endeavors.
If you want to find out more about the 2023 Youth Lab you can take a look at the concept note here.
Photo credit: Marc Beckmann
GDL Members Attending This Lab