The Unexplored Power and Potential of Youth as Peacebuilders

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Celina Del Felice and Andria Wisler

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Unexplored Power and Potential of Youth as Peacebuilders

Around the world many young people are victims of cultural, direct, and structural violence and become carriers of that violence or perpetration. There is a strong tendency among politicians and researchers to see youth as a problem to be solved. However, many youth are peaceful and peace-builders. Equally affected by various forms of violence, they decide to act constructively towards building a culture of peace. Youth are underestimated as positive agents of change and key actors in peace-building, both by policy-makers and academics. This paper explores the role of youth as peace-builders, illustrating their unique power and potential to affect social change through a number of examples. 

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