Blasa lil shabab (Space for youth): human rights, youth and violence prevention was an intensive 3-day training on the role of youth in social change with different approaches, organised by the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV) in the framework of the SALAM project.
The participants had the opportunity to hear the experiences of different actors working in different fields to help them have a global vision on different issues and solve their doubts.
The first day of the session dealt with human rights. The first intervention was made by Oumayma Jabnouni, member of the steering committee of the Ligue Tunisienne des Droits Humains (LTDH), member organization of the OPEV, who made an intervention on human rights and prevention of violence, focusing also on the current context in Tunisia. Secondly, Hamza Nesri, member also of the LTDH explained his personal experience as an activist after being arrested in the protests. Finally, Saif Ayadi, member of the organization DAMJ, defending the rights of the collective LGBT, had to make the third intervention of the session but was unable to do so due to a police intervention to the headquarters of the association DAMJ. So, Hamza Nesri, was able to present the most important points of Saif’s speech and resolve the doubts of the participants.
The second day was about the roles of young people in preventing violent extremism. The first speech that opened this second session was made by Arbia Jbali, president of the Free Sight Association and Farah Yahyaoui. Farah was one of the participants of the artistic activities in the Salam project and she shared her personal experience. Subsequently, Jihed Hajsalem, a sociologist and expert in PEV, explained the role of young people in preventing violence and how Tunisian society influences their behavior. Finally, Amel Arbaoui, president of the Association Joussour Citoyenneté, completed the session with information on the reinforcement of community resilience through art.
The third and last day was about the new horizons that could exist for young people and alternative means of work such as the Social Economy and Solidarity, which was discussed by Leila Rajhi, agro-economist of the AISA Association. She also talked about the Agricultural Development Groups (GDA), more specifically about the beekeeping experience of the GDA in the region of la Manouba.
This activity is funded by the ACCD and the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID). The content of this activity is the sole responsibility of OPEV and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of ACCD or AECID.