Lebanese Youth: A Future of Conflicting Identities

 Lebanese Youth: A Future of Conflicting Identities

Towards a National Belonging Respecting Diversity and Human Dignity

 

A survey was conducted by World Youth Alliance – Middle East (WYA) and the Global Forum for Religions and Humanity (GFRH), implemented in the framework of the Common Action entitled “Espace urbain: un facteur de solidarité, dunion et de partage dans notre vie quotidienne”, that is supported by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation (ALF) for the dialogue between cultures.
The survey report was presented on the 20th of October at Le Commodore Hotel, Hamra, Lebanon under the patronage of UNESCO. The survey aimed to better understand how young Lebanese, aged from 15 till 29 years old, perceive their national identity and the human values which bind their lives in a multi-cultural society. It also proposed a set of principals upon which Lebanese youth can reinforce their sense of national belonging, while respecting the existing diversity in the Lebanese society and the dignity of every person.

Based on the survey and the focus groups, the report provides the guiding principles founded on the youth’s vision towards the future of Lebanon for decision makers, activists, and civil society. “And as a civilian, I truly deeply wish that we would forget about judging others’ religion and personal opinions and just come as one to stop all the corruption in Lebanon. That’s what I truly wish for. As long as we keep separating ourselves by our religion, we will never be united.” – survey respondent To read the narrative report click HERE