This week the Council of Europe has awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights price to Nadia Murad; a Yazidi human rights activist who survived ISIS genocide in Iraq.
Nadia denounced the lack of attention and action against Islamic terrorism. After loosing many members of her family and friends, Nadia has taken the responsibility of making the world aware of this global problem; of the terrible attacks that human beings are suffering in Middle East countries. Terrorism is a problem that does not imply only the global leaders, but it affects each one of us. We must work together for the end of this terrible threat to humanity. We must teach the young people to respect other’s beliefs so that they do not join extremist groups that aim to attack others because of religion differences. As she says:
“If we all do our small part, in every corner of the world, I believe we can end genocide and mass atrocities against women and children. If we have the courage to stand up and fight for those we don’t know – who live thousands of miles away – we can make a difference. The world is one community and we need to act as such.”
We, as World Youth Alliance members, also believe that the society must fight together to end a problem that is affecting all of us. The human dignity of many people is being extremely attacked, and we can not remain silent. As Dalai Lama teaches us in our Certified Training Program: “today, we are truly a global family… responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.”
In WYA, we celebrate these initiatives, which encourage us to keep fighting for a society that has human dignity at its center; where the value of every human being can shine and thrive with all its magnificence. The examples of people like Vaclav Havel and Nadia show us how this fights should be: constant, generous, sacrificed, and based on the Truth of our being.
Written by Ines Lobo Lozano, a World Youth Alliance Europe intern from Spain.