Call for applications: Centering Youth Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention

The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) is issuing a call for applications from highly motivated youth activists (35 years old and younger) and/or representatives of youth-led organizations to participate in the twelve-month Centering Youth Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention project that aims to center youth voices in atrocity prevention efforts by building their capacities as active agents of peace and security in their communities and drawing on their expertise to develop youth-driven strategies for youth engagement in atrocity prevention efforts.

About the Centering Youth Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention project

The GIJTR’s work in conflict and post-conflict countries has consistently demonstrated that youth and youth-led organizations are positioned to play a crucial role in atrocity prevention efforts by monitoring or observing potential crises, collecting data on emerging situations and disseminating this information to national or international atrocity prevention mechanisms or databases. Despite these trends, youth are frequently overlooked within transitional justice and atrocity prevention efforts and remain an untapped resource that can contribute to atrocity prevention and early warning sign identification. To date, there has yet to be a youth-driven framework for youth participation in atrocity prevention.

To bridge this divide, through a combination of online and in-person trainings, the Centering Youth in Atrocity Prevention project invites young activists from Afghanistan, Balkans, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, or Thailand to:

  • Engage with experts on areas including atrocity prevention education and social media’s role in early warning and early response strategies, grassroots strategies for non-recurrence, and the use of multimedia platforms as a primary medium of engagement in and monitoring of atrocity crimes;
  • Implement their own initiatives that contribute to atrocity prevention in their communities;
  • Participate in an international round table to share lessons learned from their small projects; and
  • An opportunity to author contributions to a virtual platform focused on youth-driven engagement strategies for youth involvement in atrocity prevention through a transitional justice lens that will be widely shared.

How to apply

As members of the GIJTR, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) are seeking ten motivated youth activists or youth-led organizations to take part in the Centering Young Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention project.

Those interested and who meet the participant criteria, should complete the application form and submit it to Devon Gulbrandsen at dgulbrandsen@sitesofconscience.org by 30 April 2022.

No late or incomplete applications will be considered.