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    12 June 2018, Baghdad With the participation of 14 young activists from different organizations and voluntary teams, the Najaf Social Forum organized a specialized training in collaboration with the Iraqi Social Forum. The training focused on how to plan and run effective campaigns, and took place in Najaf city from 1-2 June 2018. This training is one of a series of trainings organized by the Iraqi Social Forum in cities all over Iraq. Taken together, the trainings are creating a strong network of young activists who are well prepared to contribute to a growing Iraqi youth movement working for peace and social cohesion.     After reviewing some of the essential tools for planning, leading and administering civil campaigns, Salman Khairalla, member of the secretariat of the Iraqi Social Forum and leader of the training, engaged the trainees in an open discussion about the most pressing social problems now facing Najaf province. Together they evaluated these problems and considered how civil campaigns might be used to help resolve them. For instance, how might a civil campaign be designed to counter hate speech from extremists who claim to speak for many, but who in fact represent a small minority of people? […]

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    Over the past year, the Iraqi Social Forum has become a model for smaller local forums springing up throughout the country. These local forums galvanize and train young activists to work inclusively and nonviolently to create a better Iraq, one based on the values of peace and social cohesion.These values, which became dormant under the weight of unwanted war and violent extremism, are reemerging with increasing strength and vitality as young Iraqis work to implement campaigns and put on events which are creating a new future for Iraq. Two trainings were recently held in Diyala and Babylon to help further this goal by preparing young activists to become effective agents for positive change. Both trainings drew on the knowledge of the participants themselves — after all, as local residents, they are in a unique position to identify the most pressing issues facing their communities and to come up with realistic ideas of how they might be resolved. The training in Diyala, on 30 June, was attended by 11 young men and women, and began with a brainstorming session about what they saw as the most urgent problems in the province today. Three critical issues were identified: 1.) stopping the continued […]

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    Arabic | عربي     We Love Qamishlo Initiative, July – 2018   Qamishli, or Qamishlo, a city in the north-east of Syria, is often referred to as the city of love by its children, young people and elders. The city is characterized by a unique community mosaic and a wide variety of religious and ethnic groups. From this city the youth initiative “We love Qamishlo” has been launched since the beginning of 2017. It is organized by DOZ, along with a group of Syrian youth to overcome the social and cultural problems caused by the war in the country. In March 2018, the “We Love the Qamishlo ” initiative organized a training workshop on social cohesion with a group of young people from the city and its surrounding areas for three days. The participants discussed ways to overcome the social problems and activate the role of youth in society. Their discussion dealt with the concept of social cohesion and its objectives and its role in eradicating sectarian tensions and how to exploit common values ​​to maintain the cohesion of society. This discussion resulted in the emergence of four specialized working groups composed of young volunteers, aimed at discussing the most […]

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    On the weekend of 3-4 August, “I Love Dhi Qar” Forum held a training workshop on developing the capabilities and abilities of its youth volunteers. Training consisted of four hours each day over the two days, and was held in the hall of Mashhovna Center in Nasiriyah. During the course of this training, several topics related to human development were discussed. The first day included discussing comfort levels that directly relate to the life and goals of people, and how to develop good habits and routine. The second day discussed the method of developing the subconscious, and thinking outside the box, which is greatly related to creativity. The training was attended by 17 young people, including 3 women representing volunteer teams working with the “I love Dhi Qar” Forum. The training involved thoughtful interactions among the young people who participated. The different topics included a need and desire to understand various aspects of human personality. This training is part of “Social Cohesion of Mesopotamia” project, which aims to support young people in a number of Iraqi governorates. This project is implemented by the Iraqi Social Forum and the Information Center for Research and Development, in collaboration with the Iraq Civil […]

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