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Hosted by a member of the EU Parliament in Brussels, Flavio Zanonato, Women's Federation for World Peace Europe (WFWP-Europe) brought over 130 participants from throughout Europe to debate the theme, "Engaging Civil Society to Build Security and Cohesion in Europe" on June 29, 2016. Speakers included European Parliamentarians, United Nations experts, academics, journalist, educators, researchers and NGO leaders. Supporting organisations included the World Youth Alliance, the Universal Peace Federation and Women without Borders.

Experts from very diverse fields addressed the causes and consequences of the very serious trend in youth radicalisation in Europe, aiming to provide useful information and recommendations. to the European Parliament, who do not know how to solve these issues.

Both WFWP and UPF spoke in the sessions and could provide some thoughts about our Founders vision and strategy for these current problems. What can be done by parents, peers and educational and governmental institutions to replace the desperation and hopelessness among young immigrants in Europe? How can we cooperate in finding solutions and in becoming a truly caring "Human Family" committed to leave "no one behind" ?

The first debate focused on : The Role of Mothers in the Prevention of Radicalisation of Youth" and the second looked more at the "Role of Education, Religion and Culture..." in both causing and solving the disenfranchisement and extremist tendencies among youth.

The following are biographies of the speakers for whom no written material is available, but whose presentations can be viewed in the videos below :

Ms. Cécile Kashetu Kyenge

Author: Ms. Cécile Kashetu Kyenge

European Parliamentarian, Committee of Civil Liberties, Former Minister for Integration, Italy

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, born on 28 August 1964 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is an Italian politician and ophthalmologist. From 2013 to 2014, she was Minister for Integration and since May 2014 has served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP). She founded an intercultural Association (DAWA) to promote mutual awareness, integration and cooperation between Italy and Africa. Since September 2002, Kyenge has served as spokesperson for the association "March First", which works to promote the rights of migrants in Italy.

 

Mr Antoine Mellado

Author: Mr Antoine Mellado

Director of advocacy of World Youth Alliance Europe

Antoine Mellado has a BA in political science and an MA in European Studies research from the Université Catholique de Louvain. He worked as the European Delegate for the International Federation for Family Development for three years organizing with them the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in the EU and the UN. As Director of advocacy of World Youth Alliance Europe, he represents the organization in the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, as well as in some important conferences in the UN, such as the CSW (Committee on the Status of Women) and CPD. He’s also visiting professor on Development policy of the European Union on the Universidad Católica de Murcia.

 

Ms. Atefeh Sadeghi

Author: Ms. Atefeh Sadeghi

Journalist, Consultant on Socio-Cultural Affairs, Trainer in Conflict Transformation

Ms. Atefeh Sadeghi, earned her M.A. in Peace Studies, Security, Development, and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012, with a dissertation on The Impact of Modernity on Iranian Women’s Perspective on Sexuality. She is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, specializing in Gender Studies. She has worked as a consultant for numerous organizations, including the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue, and recently provided consultancy on the socio-cultural developments of Saudi society and possible cultural and academic cooperation between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 1 Video 1

Hon. Flavio Zanonato (Host), European Parliamentarian (MEP), Committee of Industry and Research and of Employment and Social Affairs, Former Minister of Economic Development, Italy
Hon. Cecile Kyenge, European Parliamentarian, Committee of Civil Liberties, Former Minister for Integration, Italy
Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director United Nations Office & Young Women's UN Internship Program, WFWPI (part 1)

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 1 Video 2

Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director United Nations Office & Young Women's UN Internship Program, WFWPI (part 2)
Ms Dolgor Solongo, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Terror Prevention Unit

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 1 Video 3

Mrs. Souad Sbai, Journalist and Professor, former Parliamentarian in Italy (read by Mrs Brigitte Sillitoe, former president of WFWP France)
Dr. Edit Schlaffer, Founder, Women without Borders/ Sisters Against Violent Extremism (video presentation)

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 2 Video 1

Hon. Silvia Costa, European Parliamentarian, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education
Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges, Former President of Luxembourg Parliament and EU Committee on Culture and Education (Part 1)

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 2 Video 2

Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges, Former President of Luxembourg Parliament and EU Committee on Culture and Education (Part 2)
Mr. David Fraser Harris, Secretary General, Middle East Region, Universal Peace Federation
Ms. Geertrui Lanneau, , Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Mobility and Human Development, Intl Organization on Migration, Brussels (Part 1)

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 2 Video 3

Ms. Geertrui Lanneau, , Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Mobility and Human Development, Intl Organization on Migration, Brussels (Part 2)
Mr. Antoine Mellado, Director of Advocacy, World Youth Alliance Brussels
Ms. Atefeh Sadeghi, Journalist, Consultant on Socio-Cultural Affairs, Trainer in Conflict Transformation (Part 1)

Conference at the European Parliament on 29-6-2016 - Session 2 Video 4

Ms. Atefeh Sadeghi, Journalist, Consultant on Socio-Cultural Affairs, Trainer in Conflict Transformation (Part 2)

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